A collection of documents that Lev Parnas, an employee of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, has made available to impeachment officers, shows former top prosecutor of Ukraine Yuri Lutsenko, the Giuliani, harmful information about Joe and Hunter Biden in exchange for the dismissal of the then US President. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
Lutsenko was critical of Yovanovitch because she supported an anti-corruption facility in Ukraine and because the Ambassador was critical of Lutsenko and his office.
“It’s just that you question all of my explanations if you don’t make a decision about a woman, including B,” Lutsenko wrote to Parnas in Russian on March 22 in a WhatsApp message. “Madam” probably refers on Yovanovitch, while it is unclear whether “B” denotes Biden or Burisma, the Ukrainian company, on whose board Hunter Biden was sitting from 2014 to early 2019.
Lutsenko, who was in the middle of an investigation by Burisma, updated Parnas four days later and wrote that he had found evidence of money transfers related to “B.”
“And you can’t even remove a fool here :(“, Lutsenko Parnas said via SMS.
“She is not a simple fool[,] Trust me, ”Parnas wrote back. “But she doesn’t get away.”
The documents also show that Parnas’ employee, the Connecticut businessman and congressional candidate Robert Hyde, had contact with an unknown person who was monitoring Yovanovitch.
During her testimony before Congress last year, Yovanovitch speculated that Giuliani and his staff were working to release her to employ an ambassador who would be more accessible to her corrupt business in Ukraine.
The documents are likely to breathe new life into the impeachment process led by Democrats against President Trump, just as Parliament plans to vote on the submission of the impeachment articles to the Senate for negotiation.
The outline of the process is still unclear. Republicans in the Senate and the Trump administration vacillated between requests to allow witnesses to testify and a desire to dismiss the charges without even summoning witnesses.