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Harris calls for Parnas to testify at Senate trial

Harris calls for Parnas to testify at Senate trial
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Mexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Lev Parnas, an associate of President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump calls into Pennsylvania meeting to renew election claims Watch live: Pennsylvania GOP holds hearing on voter fraud with Giuliani, Trump campaign A way out of Trump's continuing crisis: a President Pence MORE, should be called to testify as part of the Senate’s impeachment trial in light of new claims Parnas has made regarding Trump’s involvement in the pressure campaign in Ukraine. 

Harris said the credibility of Parnas, who was indicted for and pleaded not guilty to campaign-finance law violations last year, can be determined by the Senate, but added that there’s “no question” that revelations from Parnas made public this week should be reviewed. 

“I think he should be brought before us so that we can determine his credibility. There are many ways to judge credibility,” Harris told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt. “But there’s no question that the interviews that have occurred in the last 24 hours bring to light facts that should be pursued and should be reviewed by us as the United States Senate.”

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Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, dismissed the notion of making deals as part of the process of getting Republicans on board with voting to have witnesses at the trial. 

“I don't think this is the moment to make deals. This is the time to do justice. … That means bringing in all relevant facts and evidence,” she said. 

Asked whether she believes the Senate can conduct a fair trial, Harris said if the chamber cannot, “we can talk about the beginning of the end of our democracy and our system of justice.” 

Parnas provided records, which the House released Tuesday, that corroborate details at the heart of Trump’s impeachment, including about a pressure campaign to get Ukraine to announce a probe into the Bidens.

Parnas further implicated Trump in the effort, alleging that the president “knew exactly what was going on” in regards to Ukraine, as part of an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night. 

The White House has stood by Trump’s claim that the president does not know Parnas, despite Parnas's claims to the contrary.