Schumer: Lev Parnas evidence 'dramatically underscores' need for impeachment witnesses, documents

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFederal judges should be allowed to be Federalist Society members Warren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in VA hospitals mostly drop hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment MORE (D-N.Y.) seized Wednesday on newly released evidence from Lev Parnas, an associate of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Moussaoui says he now renounces terrorism, bin Laden Democrats launch probe into Trump's firing of State Department watchdog, Pompeo MORE, arguing it "dramatically underscores" the need for witnesses and documents in President Trump’s impeachment trial. 

"I don't know how any member of this body could pick up the newspaper this morning, read this new revelation and not conclude that the Senate needs access to relevant documents like these in the trial," Schumer said from the Senate floor.

The day before, Democratic chairmen from the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Reform committees sent evidence to the House Judiciary Committee that was provided by Parnas. The Judiciary panel is expected to incorporate it into the official record it will send to the Senate before it starts its proceedings next week. 

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The information details Parnas’s role in trying to convince the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record MORE, who is running to replace Trump in the 2020 election. 

"Each day that goes by, the case for witnesses and documents gains force and gains momentum. Last night, a new cache of documents, including dozens of pages and notes, text messages and other records shed light on the activities of the president's associates in Ukraine," Schumer said. 

He added that the documents "paint a sordid picture" of Giuliani and his associates’ efforts to remove former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchJim Jordan requests documents from Pompeo regarding Hunter Biden, Burisma  Trump taps new ambassador to Ukraine America's diplomats deserve our respect MORE and get the Ukrainian government to open an investigation into the Bidens. 

Included among the released documents are communications between Robert Hyde, who is running to challenge Rep. Jahana HayesJahana HayesGun control group rolls out House endorsements Human Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary Lawmakers with first-hand experience using food stamps call on Trump not to cut program MORE (D) in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, and Giuliani regarding Yovanovitch. 

Hyde suggests in the communications that Yovanovitch's movements were being monitored, texting Parnas, “They will let me know when she’s on the move."

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The Republican House candidate dismissed the documents released by Democrats on Tuesday, but Yovanovitch has called for an investigation into “what happened."

Schumer lashed out at Hyde and Giuliani on Wednesday, asking "how low can they go?" 

"Just when you think that President Trump and his network couldn't get possibly any more into the muck, reports suggest they are even dirtier than you would have imagined," he said. 

"To allegedly have some cut-rate political operative stalk an American ambassador at the direction of the president's lawyer, potentially with the president's 'knowledge and consent' ...  I mean, how much more can America take in the decline of our morals, our values, our standing in the world?" Schumer added.