Giuliani has lobbied to join White House impeachment defense

Lev Parnas arrives at court in New York. Parnas a close associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has provided a trove of text messages and

Collins said he looks forward to the Senate trial, where he claimed House impeachment managers will "show the American people again that they have no basis".

"Despite the president's unprecedented and sweeping obstruction of our impeachment inquiry, we have continued to collect additional evidence relevant to the president's scheme to abuse his power by pressing Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election for the president's benefit", wrote House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, House Oversight and Reform Chairman Carolyn Maloney and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. Parnas was trying to help Mr. Giuliani with his investigations in Ukraine, seeking to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce a corruption probe of Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden and his son, Hunter, who held a lucrative post with a Ukrainian energy firm for little work.

Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian energy firm from 2014 until past year.

The documents show that Mr Parnas was in regular contact with Mr Giuliani as well as Ukrainian officials. Guliani requested a meeting "in my capacity as personal counsel to President Trump and with his knowledge and consent".

Among the "most disturbing" pieces of information included was the apparent focus that Giuliani, Parnas, and others involved put on then U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who they perceived as an obstacle to Trump's interests in the country. Several text messages appear to suggest that Ms Yovanovitch was placed under surveillance. He said he "would be accompanied by my colleague Victoria Toensing, a distinguished American attorney who is very familiar with this matter". The ambassador's ouster, ordered by Trump, was at the center of the Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

The lawmaker is named in the indictment only as "Congressman-1", but campaign finance filings identify him as former Representative Pete Sessions, Republican of Texas.

The undated handwritten notes bear the letterhead of the Ritz-Carlton in Vienna.

The notes say Firtash's lawyer Lanny Davis should be fired and be replaced by Toensing and diGenova.

The same note says that "Firtash" is "toxic".

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A House committee chairman said his panel will investigate what he says are "profoundly alarming" text messages that have raised questions about the possible surveillance of former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before she was ousted by the Trump administration last spring.

"They will let me know when she's on the move", he wrote.

"They are willing to help if we/you would like a price", Mr. "Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money".

Giuliani has pressed Trump to make him part of the team of lawyers who will argue the case against his removal from office on the Senate floor, a White House official and two sources close to the President told CNN. "We trust that the appropriate authorities will conduct an investigation to determine what happened". "I'll get right in that", Hyde wrote to Parnas.

House Democrats have disclosed new evidence ahead of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, which is expected to begin this week.

Trump denies the charges and has called the impeachment proceedings a "witch hunt".

In another, he mocks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for holding up impeachment articles.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will be sworn in to preside, and he will administer an oath to all 100 senators to deliver "impartial justice" as jurors.

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