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Jan 16 2020
New evidence released by the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday shows that indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and a Republican candidate for Congress had Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch under "physical surveillance", Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., revealed.
The records provided by Parnas, who has been indicted in NY for alleged campaign finance violations, add to the evidence already released documenting Giuliani's efforts to get the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to publicly announce an investigation related to former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who had ties to a Ukrainian energy company.
Mr. Parnas is an associate of Trump personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani. Some of the materials were made public while others were marked as sensitive.
Republican Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., said Tuesday that a trove of documents released hours before the House is set to vote to send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate is a "last-minute desperation move" by House Democrats to salvage their "weak" case.
The former New York City mayor met with multiple current and former Ukrainian officials and businessmen in an effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden.
He did not dispute the validity of the texts, which show detailed monitoring of the physical location of fired USA ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was removed from her post past year amidst an intense lobbying push by Giuliani and his associates. "There can not be a full and fair trial in the Senate", they argued, "without the documents that President Trump is refusing to provide to Congress".
In March of 2019 - the same day he communicated with Parnas on WhatsApp - a judge in CT ordered Hyde to pay almost $5,000 in fines and damages for docking his boat in a marina and failing to "pay for storage fees", according to court records. In one text, Hyde wrote: "She's talked to three people".
Hyde calls himself an "ardent" supporter of President Donald Trump and has donated $25,000 to Trump's inaugural committee, according to records published by Open Secrets.
Parnas texted back, "I pray it happens this time I'll call you tomorrow my brother". He said she was under heavy security and "we have a person inside". Her phone is off. They are willing to help if you/we would like a price.
Trump ultimately recalled Yovanovitch in May.
The messages, written in Russian, show Lutsenko urging Parnas to force out Yovanovitch in exchange for cooperation regarding Biden. "The notion that American citizens and others were monitoring [her] movements.is disturbing", her lawyer said. "We trust that the appropriate authorities will conduct an investigation to determine what happened". He said he would "welcome" an investigation.
'Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money. what I was told, ' he wrote. Giuliani replied: "I can revive it".
Mr. Giuliani has been public about his hunt for damaging information about Democrats, and the indictment gives a more complete picture about how he seems to have subcontracted part of the work to Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman, two of his longtime associates. Giuliani then predicted "he will get one", before giving Parnas the phone number for Jay Sekulow, the leader of the president's personal legal team.
Mr Trump was impeached by the House last month, on accusations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
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