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 McConnellThe Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Biden: GOP in the midst of a 'mini-revolution' Ernst defends Cheney, calls for GOP unity MORE (R-Ky.) Friday detailing what his testimony would add to the impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney 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 GiulianiFormer Ukrainian prosecutor says he was fired for not investigating Hunter Biden: report DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal 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 MaddowSchumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands Matt Taibbi: Rachel Maddow has become the new Bill O'Reilly Ocasio-Cortez eyeing T over 10 years for infrastructure MORE two weeks ago. Both the letter and interview indicate that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoPompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates Dozens of scientists call for deeper investigation into origins of COVID-19, including the lab theory MORE, former Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryTomorrow's special election in Texas is the Democrats' best House hope in 2021 Overnight Energy: Michigan reps reintroduce measure for national 'forever chemicals' standard |  White House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill Trump alumni launch America First Policy Institute 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 SchumerChuck SchumerHow to fast-track climate action? EPA cutting super pollutant HFCs On The Money: How demand is outstripping supply and hampering recovery | Montana pulls back jobless benefits | Yellen says higher rates may be necessary Senate Democrats announce B clean bus plan 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.