On Tuesday, a number of documents relating to communications made by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his associates were released to the public, revealing a number of disturbing details relating to the chief executive’s scandal involving Ukraine.
In response to those documents being released, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi used the opportunity to write two tweets, highlighting the newly-made-public details as proof-positive for the need to have witnesses speak and new evidence submitted within the Senate impeachment trial.
“The President has fought tooth-and-nail to keep thousands of documents away from the public,” Pelosi wrote in her first tweet. “And no wonder – each time new pieces come out, they show President Trump right at the center of the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.”
“There can be no full & fair trial in the Senate if Leader McConnell blocks the Senate from hearing witnesses and obtaining documents President Trump is covering up,” she added in her second posting, in reply to the first.
There can be no full & fair trial in the Senate if Leader McConnell blocks the Senate from hearing witnesses and obtaining documents President Trump is covering up. #DefendOurDemocracy
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 15, 2020
Within the trove of documents that were released, a letter from Giuliani to then-President-Elect Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine showcased how Trump’s lawyer wanted to meet back in May 2019. At the time, reports of Giuliani’s travels to Kyiv implied he was traveling there to speak with Ukraine officials regarding Hunter and Joe Biden, according to Business Insider.
Trump’s request in July to have Zelensky investigate the Bidens, allegedly withholding military aid to Ukraine in order to coerce that nation’s president to start an inquiry, is what led to the president’s impeachment over his abuse of power last month.
Giuliani states in the letter that he’s hoping to discuss a topic with Zelensky as Trump’s lawyer, representing him “as a private citizen, not as President of the United States.” Nevertheless, such a meeting, if it included discussion of the Bidens, would be suspicious, and provides fodder for the case of Trump having done something improper, through his lawyer.
Another document details text messages between one of Giuliani’s associates, Lev Parnas, and Trump donor Robert Hyde, back in March 2019, and showcase how deep (and disturbing) efforts to remove then-Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Axios reported. Impeachment investigators allege Trump wanted Yovanovitch out of her position in order to further his plans to put pressure on Zelensky to investigate the Bidens.
In an exchange of messages, Hyde discussed ways to remove Yovanovitch, as well as measures to track her movements, in frightening details.
“If you want her out, they need to make contact with security forces. They know she’s a political puppet. They will let me know when she’s on the move,” Hyde said in the message.
“They are willing to help if you/we would like a price…Guess you can do anything in Ukraine with money…what I was told,” he added. Parnas replied with a simple, “LOL.”
As a former mafia prosecutor, this sure sounds like a mob hit was being planned on a public servant in a foreign country by associates of the POTUS. A POTUS who said she was “going to go through some things.” This takes Trump’s lawlessness & misogny to new level. https://t.co/Cx5S0u4vQP
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) January 15, 2020
Some, including former mafia investigator Mimi Rocah, have suggested the exchange appeared to mirror the way mobsters might hash out the details of a “mob hit” against someone, Yahoo! News reported.