House approves impeachment managers, sending proceedings to Senate
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House approves impeachment managers, sending proceedings to Senate

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved seven impeachment managers to prosecute President Donald Trump, sending the proceedings to the Senate.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the names of the seven House Democrats to serve as the impeachment managers earlier Wednesday. These Democrats include Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Hakeem Jeffries, Valdez Demings, Jason Crow and Sylvia Garcia.

Wednesday’s vote comes after Adam Schiff, Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for the House of Representatives, signed off on a transmittal of further records on the impeachment inquiry into Trump to the House Committee on the Judiciary on Tuesday. These records include evidence from Lev Parnas, who is an associate of Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney. Some of the evidence, however, has been marked “sensitive” and is being protected from public disclosure.

Regarding this transmittal of new evidence, Schiff and several colleagues, including Nadler, Carolyn Maloney and Eliot Engel, stated:

These documents—and those recently released pursuant to Freedom of Information Act—demonstrate that there is more evidence relevant to the President’s scheme, but they have been concealed by the President himself. All of this new evidence confirms what we already know: the President and his associates pressured Ukrainian officials to announce investigations that would benefit the President politically. There cannot be a full and fair trial in the Senate without the documents that President Trump is refusing to provide to Congress.

The evidence constitutes handwritten notes from Parnas regarding Trump’s plan to pressure Ukraine into announcing their investigation into Joe Biden’s family’s business there in order to benefit his reelection campaign. There is also a record of text messages from Parnas using derogatory language about US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch for her alleged lack of loyalty to Trump. He suggested in his texts that Yovanovitch was under surveillance in Kyiv and stated that “[t]hey are willing to help if we/you would like a price.”

The Intelligence Committee’s new evidence also includes a letter from Giuliani to then-president-elect of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky indicating that Trump was supporting Giuliani’s trip to Ukraine to discuss facilitating an investigation against Joe Biden.

Parnas was arrested in October 2019 for charges of foreign money laundering. He was also charged with two counts of conspiracy, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission and falsification of records. Shortly thereafter, he agreed to comply with U.S. House efforts to conduct the impeachment inquiry.