Democrats Release New Documents on Trump Impeachment Trial
Democrats in the US House of Representatives have released a trove of documents they obtained from a close associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, which they plan to send to the Senate as part of their case to remove the Republican president from office.
House Democrats unveiled the new evidence Tuesday which they obtained from Lev Parnas, an associate of Giuliani who allegedly aided him with his search in Ukraine for detrimental information on Trump’s political opponents.
The documents, obtained as part of Trump’s impeachment investigation, show Parnas communicating with Giuliani before the removal of Marie Yovanovitch, who was the US ambassador to Ukraine.
A man named Robert Hyde disparaged Yovanovitch in messages to Parnas and gave him updates on her location and cell phone use, raising questions about possible surveillance.
Democrats released the documents Tuesday as they prepared to send articles of impeachment to the Senate for Trump’s trial. The files add new evidence to their accusations that Trump abused his power by withholding $391 million in US security aid to Ukraine as leverage to pressure Kiev to conduct an investigation that would benefit him politically.