House Dems release Lev Parnas's handwritten notes about the Ukraine scandal ahead of impeachment trial

While the GOP continues their struggle to come up with reasons why "not having witnesses at an impeachment trial" is somehow a good thing, the House Democrats have released some new evidence that will be included in the Articles of Impeachment they inevitably send to the Senate. Most of the documents were obtained by Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani who was born in the Ukraine and who has sold property for the Trump Organization and also helped to broker deals with Ukrainian oligarchs.

These documents include a handwritten note from Parnas reminding himself to "get Zalensky [sic] to Annonce [sic] that the Biden case will Be Investigated." Which  is, uhhh, pretty much exactly the issue that this impeachment investigation hinges on.

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There are also some creepy notes about the obsessive attention paid to Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, including some insinuations from Connecticut Congressional Candidate Robert Hyde that he was actively surveilling her.

What do you call a smoking gun when it's handwritten notes and text messages? Unfortunately, for most of the GOP, it's probably still a "Nothingburger."

House Dems release new impeachment evidence related to indicted Giuliani associate [Andrew Desiderio / Politico]

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PHOTO: Rudy Giuliani with Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman, third 'unnamed associate'

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Judge okays $1 million bond for Giuliani associates Parnas and Fruman, related marijuana scheme revealed

A judge today approved a $1 million bond in property and business for two associates of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, along with mandatory home confinement and GPS monitoring. Read the rest