Florida Rep. Val Demings, one of the Democratic House managers, is now highlighting new information that came to light last week from Lev Parnas, the Soviet-born businessman who worked with Rudy Giuliani on the Ukraine pressure campaign.
Arguing that the Senate should subpoena the State Department, Demings pointed to a February 2019 text message where Giuliani told Republican lawyer Victoria Toensing that he was going to talk to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about removing the US ambassador to Ukraine. (Trump later removed the diplomat, Marie Yovanovitch, from her post, amid a flurry of public allegations from Giuliani and his allies in conservative media, who falsely accused Yovanovitch of being an anti-Trump partisan.)
House investigators only got those text messages last week, after Parnas complied with a months-old subpoena. Parnas was indicted in October on campaign finance charges, and recently secured approval from a judge to share the documents.
Demings also aired a clip of Parnas’ interview with MSNBC where he talked about the pressure campaign. Parnas also sat down for a wide-ranging interview with CNN, and said he tried to intimidate Ukrainian officials at the direction of Giuliani and Trump.