Attorney tells McConnell that Parnas has records 'directly relevant' to impeachment

Lev Parnas's attorney penned a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes McConnell: Pelosi trying to 'jam' Senate on fourth coronavirus relief bill On The Money: House Dems push huge jobs project in wake of coronavirus | Trump leans on businesses in virus response | Lawmakers press IRS to get relief checks to seniors MORE (R-Ky.) Friday detailing what his testimony would add to the impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar MORE, even as the Senate appears prepared to vote down bringing in new witnesses.

In the letter, Joseph Bondy tells McConnell that Parnas, an indicted associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiHillicon Valley: FCC chief proposes 0M telehealth program | Twitter takes down posts promoting anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus| Whole Foods workers plan Tuesday strike 12 things to know today about coronavirus Twitter takes down posts promoting anti-malaria treatment for coronavirus MORE, would be able to tell the Senate information that is "directly relevant to the President's impeachment inquiry," specifically regarding Parnas's relationship with Trump and Giuliani as well as his "actions in Ukraine on behalf of the President, as directed by Mr. Giuliani."

The three-page correspondence goes into detail about Parnas's actions in Ukraine as well as those who were privy to what he was doing.


The contents are similar to what Parnas said in his sit-down interview with MSNBC's Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowMaddow hits Trump's 'happy talk' on virus: 'I would stop putting those briefings on live TV' New York City reports 923 coronavirus cases, 10 deaths Biden faces tricky test in unifying party MORE two weeks ago. Both the letter and interview indicate that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Saudi-Russia oil fight is the last thing the economy needs in a pandemic US intel agencies conclude China has under-reported coronavirus cases, deaths: report Susan Rice scolds Pompeo for using 'Wuhan virus' term MORE, former Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes unexpected step to stem coronavirus Top National Security Council aide moved to Energy Department role Overnight Energy: Green groups to sue over Trump rollback of Obama water rules | GOP climate plan faces pushback from right | Bezos launches B climate initiative MORE and several other officials within the Trump administration were aware of the pressure campaign in Ukraine that is at the center of Trump's impeachment.

The White House and Giuliani have both tried to distance themselves from Parnas, with Trump repeatedly saying that he doesn't personally know Parnas and has only ever interacted with him at fundraising events. However, the letter doubles down on Parnas's claim that he was taking direct orders from Giuliani, who was working on behalf of his client, the president.

Trump's defenders are dubious of Parnas's credibility, as he and Igor Fruman, another associate of Giuliani's, were arrested late last year on campaign finance charges.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell launches ad touting role in passing coronavirus relief Joe Biden can't lead the charge from his home in Delaware Texas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill MORE (D-N.Y.) invited Parnas to attend the impeachment trial earlier in the week, but because of his electronic ankle-monitor, Parnas was not allowed inside the Senate chamber.

Bondy tweeted the letter Friday afternoon amid what could be the final day of Trump's trial.

Both the Democratic House managers and Trump's defense team have finished their opening arguments, and the two-day questioning period for senators ended Thursday. A vote on whether to admit more evidence and witnesses in the trial is expected later Friday, but it's believed that Democrats don't have the four GOP votes needed for the motion to pass.