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

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Trump announces opening of relations between Sudan and Israel Five takeaways on Iran, Russia election interference MORE (D-N.Y.) seized Wednesday on newly released evidence from Lev Parnas, an associate of President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBiden pushes back on Trump: 'Crass' to go after political rival's children Trump leans into attacks on Biden's family, business dealings Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 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. 


The information details Parnas’s role in trying to convince the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Brad Pitt narrates Biden ad airing during World Series 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 YovanovitchGrand jury adds additional counts against Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and and Igor Fruman Strzok: Trump behaving like an authoritarian Powell backs Biden at convention as Democrats rip Trump on security 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 HayesMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test Connecticut congresswoman's town hall Zoom bombed in racist attack GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 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."


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.