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 McConnellCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks Overnight Health Care: Ohio governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump's visit | US shows signs of coronavirus peak, but difficult days lie ahead | Trump: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready 'right around' Election Day MORE (R-Ky.) Friday detailing what his testimony would add to the impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test 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 GiulianiGiuliani says Black Lives Matter is 'domestic terrorist' group Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign call for earlier debate The Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  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 MaddowHere are top contenders to be Biden's VP Juan Williams: We must not become numb to Trump's abnormality Mary Trump claims she's heard Trump use racist, anti-Semitic slurs: He's 'virulently racist' MORE two weeks ago. Both the letter and interview indicate that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Air Force general officially becomes first African American service chief | Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure | State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration State Department offers M reward for foreign election interference information State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration MORE, former Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs major conservation bill into law | Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official | Trump Jr. expresses opposition to Pebble Mine project Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official 4 Texas GOP congressional primary runoffs to watch 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 SchumerCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Trump backs plan to give airlines another billion in aid 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.