On Tuesday Democrats released newly acquired files that showed Giuliani working with Parnas early a year ago to pressure Kiev to investigate Biden.
The letter fell into the committee's hands because it was on Parnas' phone: he texted a copy of the letter to one of Zelenskiy's aides, in an attempt to bolster Giuliani's approach to the newly elected leader.
Among the documents is a screenshot of a previously undisclosed letter from Giuliani to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dated May 10, 2019, which was before Zelensky took office.
"We trust that the appropriate authorities will conduct an investigation to determine what happened", Lawrence S. Robbins, Yovanovitch's attorney, said in a statement.
"There seems to be documentation that would validate what Parnas is saying", she added, "but that all has to be subjected to scrutiny". Parnas also provided handwritten notes, including one scrawled on a napkin at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Vienna: "get Zalensky [sic] to Annonce [sic] that the Biden case will Be Investigated". In the memorandum the White House released describing the infamous call between Trump and Zelensky, Trump noted his displeasure with Yovanovitch, and predicted "she's going to go through some things".
Hunter Biden used to have a seat on the board of Burisma. In both interviews, Parnas said he had been the point man for the blackmail conspiracy.
The disclosure came on the same day House impeachment managers formally told the Senate the House will transmit the two impeachment articles - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress - against Trump.
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Parnas has been indicted in NY for alleged campaign finance violations and has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors allege they made outsize campaign donations to Republican causes after receiving millions of dollars originating from Russian Federation.
She later returned to her comments about Barr, who played a key role in shaping coverage of the release of the Mueller report by withholding it and releasing a four-page summary, then deciding that Trump would not be prosecuted. Roughly two months earlier, she had been recalled from her diplomatic post. The texts show that Hyde told Parnas that Yovanovitch was "under heavy protection outside Kiev" and that "they are moving her tomorrow". Hyde is now running for a U.S. House seat in CT.
FILE - In this December 2, 2019, file photo, Lev Parnas arrives at court in NY. The texts, however, were sent over the course of an entire week. "Her computer is off".
"It would be ironic for Ukraine to be more interested in pursuing the security and what happened to a USA ambassador than the United States and the State Department is", said Sen.
Several of the text messages appear to suggest the former U.S. envoy was placed under surveillance. Pence chief of staff Marc Short fired back, "This is very simple: Lev Parnas is under a multi-count indictment and will say anything to anybody who will listen in hopes of staying out of prison". In it, Mr. Giuliani says he's working on the president's behalf as his personal attorney. The associate, Lev Parnas, could even be called as a witness in the Senate trial. He said he also wanted to know what, if anything, the State Department knew about the situation.