Parnas Documents Detailing Giuliani’s Ukraine Activity Are A “Real Smoking Gun”
Among the documents Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas turned over to the House Intelligence Committee was a letter from President Donald Trump’s personal attorney that one analyst has called “a real smoking gun” in the impeachment case against the president.
The New York Times reported that Giuliani’s letter, addressed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, explicitly stated that he was requesting a meeting in his “capacity as personal counsel to President Trump.”
Giuliani has long insisted that he was working on Ukraine issues at Trump’s direction, but The Times noted that the letter made public yesterday represents the first document to back up the attorney’s claims.
Parnas received a copy of the letter and was tasked with forwarding the document to one of Zelensky’s top aides.
Trump has previously attempted to distance himself from Giuliani’s work, but the letter makes clear that Giuliani at the very least believed himself to be working under Trump’s knowledge and consent.
In his analysis of the situation on MSNBC, attorney Andrew Weissmann said the letter represents “a real smoking gun” in the impeachment case against the president, showing he was in on and directing the plot to dig up dirt on his political opponent ahead of the 2020 election.