House Democrats announced Tuesday that they'll be adding additional evidence from Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas to their case against President Trump when they transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate this week.
The documents show that Parnas was in constant communication with Giuliani and in contact with Ukrainian officials as he worked as an intermediary.
The text messages show that Parnas consulted Giuliani in January 2019 after the USA denied a visa for former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
Yovanovitch testified in the House impeachment hearings and said she was the victim of a smear campaign.
Parnas' attorney, Joseph Bondy, tweeted on Monday that he turned over text messages, WhatsApp messages, photos, and thousands of documents to Democratic staffers on the House Intelligence Committee.More news: 9,10, 11, 7, 6 . says Guardiola
One of the documents is a handwritten note on stationery from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Vienna that says "get Zalensky to Annonce that the Biden case will be Investigated".
The text messages from Parnas include a screenshot of a previously unreleased letter from Guliani to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
They also include text messages between Parnas and others, including Giuliani, about efforts to oust then U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
Giuliani requested a meeting with Zelensky on May 13 or 14 and said he had Mr. Trump's "knowledge and consent" to meet. "A POTUS who said she was 'going through some things.' This takes Trump's lawlessness & misogyny to new level".More news: Amazon Seeks Order To Block Microsoft's $10 Billion Pentagon Project
In a letter outlining the evidence, Democrats said that Parnas' attorney confirmed that Parnas wrote the notes. Parnas texted back, "I pray it happens this time I'll call you tomorrow my brother".
A White House official told The Daily Beast, the outlet which first published the photo, that the image was not proof that Parnas had a relationship with the couple.
The Huffington Post first reported that Giuliani is lobbying Trump to join the team.
The House will vote on Wednesday to send the impeachment charges to the Senate, kicking off a trial that could last through early February.
Trump became only the third USA president to be impeached when the House last month approved charges that he abused the powers of his office and obstructed Congress in its investigation into his conduct.More news: Trump gets warm reception at the LSU-Clemson national championship game