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

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer votes against USMCA, citing climate implications Senators are politicians, not jurors — they should act like it GOP senator: 2020 candidates must recuse themselves from impeachment trial MORE (D-N.Y.) seized Wednesday on newly released evidence from Lev Parnas, an associate of President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine Parnas: Environment around Trump 'like a cult' 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 BidenLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Ex-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine 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 YovanovitchLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Parnas says he told Trump Yovanovitch was badmouthing him. Trump turned to aide and said 'fire her' Overnight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon 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 HayesFBI visits congressional candidate Robert Hyde's home, business Ukraine launches criminal investigation into alleged threats against former US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch State GOP chairman asks candidate to drop out after Yovanovitch revelations 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.