Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been sent a letter from Joseph Bondy, attorney to Lev Parnas, urging McConnell to allow his client to testify at the ongoing Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
“For the past several months we have diligently pursued an opportunity for Mr. Parnas to provide complete and truthful testimony to the Government and Congress regarding Mr. Parnas’s activities in connection with the efforts of President Trump to secure concessions from Ukraine, in exchange for American aid,” the letter continued.
Bondy’s letter alleges that the President was aided in the scheme by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who Parnas was working under, along with a list of several prominent administration officials and GOP figures.
“Mr. Parnas would testify that those holding various roles in this plot included GOP Super PAC America First, President Trump, Vice President Pence, former Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General Bill Barr, Senator Lindsey Graham, Congressman Devin Nunes, Nunes’s Staffer Derek Harvey, Journalist John Solomon, Attorneys Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, Mr. Giuliani, and others,” wrote Bondy.
“Mr. Parnas would testify that at all times he was acting at the direction of Mr. Giuliani, on behalf of his client the President, and that the President and a number of people in his administration and the GOP were aware of the demands being imposed on Ukraine,” Bondy added.
McConnell has consistently opposed allowing witnesses and new evidence. Before the trial began, he told reporters he would be working in conjunction with Trump’s lawyers and there was “no chance” Trump would be convicted, adding that he was “not impartial about this at all.”
Today, Yertle McConnell and his merry band of spineless GOP appeasers voted against hearing any witnesses.
Click on the Newsweek link above, and you can read Mr. Bondy’s letter in its entirety.
5 responses to “Here we go loop de loo!”
Repubs are not going to allow Parnas to testify. They would be shot in the foot if he did and then get up shout that he is one evil and lying sob.
I think Lev’s tapes and testimony are going to do more harm when they come out than if the Rethugs had let him testify. Same for Bolton. They could have let the whole story been told, and then they could have twisted themselves into pretzels to explain why what Twitler did doesn’t reach the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. It would have been bullshit, but at least the bandaid would have been torn off. Now, they will have to sit and worry about what is going to come out next.
Yes, can’t wait to see what Bolton and Parnas are going to say. I just hope that what is revealed, is as good as what we are hoping for.
This is a bit like holding a trial of Al Capone with members of his own gang making up more than half of the jury.
Here’s how I look at it, though. There was never even the ghost of a chance that impeachment was going to remove Trump, because there was never any possibility that 20 Republican senators would vote to do that. Zero. So the impending acquittal isn’t a loss to us.
But this “trial” has been such an obvious, undisguised sham that no one except the most hard-cord Trumpanzees will accept it as being anything else. Trump’s claims of vindication afterward will ring hollow to everyone except the core of his base. So impeachment probably won’t improve his chances of winning in November (as most serious people anticipated it would), and it might even help us remove one or two marginal Republican senators.
Parnas and Bolton won’t testify, but they won’t go away, either. We’ll keep hearing from them. The fact that Trump and Moscow Mitch were so desperate to shut them up will just create more interest — the “banned in Boston” effect.
Nice touch including the Ukrainian coat of arms on the tie — and the Trumpian equivalent, the toilet paper stuck to the shoe.
Spot on, Infidel. I concur completely. Yertle is supposed to be such a master strategist. All he did, like you said, is create more curiosity about what Bolton and Parnas have to say. On top of that, he has doomed his vulnerable morons 9 months of townhalls in which they are asked how they could vote for a trial with no witnesses or documents, even if they didn’t like the rules the House used and exactly what rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors.