As the impeachment case moves to the Senate floor, a bundle of new evidence could prove especially damning for the Republican President and his party.
The impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump continues to surge forward. Mere days before the case reaches the Senate floor, Democrats from the House of Representatives have released several documents that are rather damning for the President. Among the documents are phone records as well as other pieces of evidence. The documents were released by three House Committees, The Washington Post reports. On Wednesday, the House will vote to send the impeachment articles to the Senate, announced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. While the future of the impeachment trial looks fairly shoddy given that the Senate is controlled by the GOP, these documents may help the House Democrats' case.
The treasure trove of evidence includes a copy of a letter from Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani addressed to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. The letter is alleged to cast Trump as completely aware of Giuliani's demand to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump’s strongest Democratic competitors in the 2020 Presidential elections. The letter is especially revealing as thus far, the Republican Party has attempted to defend the President by arguing that the evidence did not link him closely enough to the efforts of his motley crew to begin the investigation. This letter, however, reportedly reads, "In my capacity as personal counsel to President Trump and with his knowledge and consent, I request a meeting with you on this upcoming Monday, May 13th or Tuesday, May 14th." Therefore, the letter can be particularly problematic and difficult for the GOP, Trump, and his lawyers to effectively defend.
In addition to this, a memo from Lev Parnas, a businessman born in Ukraine who assisted Giuliani during his travels in the European country and in his search for damaging information about Biden, is part of the newly-dropped evidence. The memo states, "Get Zalensky [sic] to Annonce [sic] that the Biden case will Be Investigated." It corroborates previous suspicions about Trump's intentions regarding the investigation and draws a clearer link between him and the investigation itself. Moreover, the memo confirms what Trump’s Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, affirmed in his testimony. He stated, categorically, that it was the President's desire to begin the probe.
Further to this, the documents suggest that Trump and his handymen were trying to have the former United States Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, removed from her position. Apparently, her commitment to justice was quite the inconvenience. She was fired in a surprise removal after a series of negative articles about her surfaced on right-wing media outlets. Yovanovitch claimed that Trump had called her "bad news" in the past and that she was under FBI surveillance. In messages exchanged between Trump donor and GOP candidate for Congress Robert F. Hyde and Parnas, the former wrote, "Wow. Can’t believe Trump [sic] hasn’t fired this b*tch. I’ll get right in that." To this, Parnas responded, "They are willing to help if we/you would like a price." Hyde followed up with: "Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money... What I was told." Will this be enough to convince the Senate? Hopefully so. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will engage in the initial phase of the impeachment trial later this week. If the Senators truly care about the delicate fabric of American democracy, well, there is hope yet.