Pompeo Breaks Silence on Reported Threats to Former Ukraine Ambassador

Pompeo Breaks Silence on Reported Threats to Former Ukraine Ambassador

Pompeo Breaks Silence on Reported Threats to Former Ukraine Ambassador

On Thursday, President Trump spoke to reporters who were asking him about Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani who claims Trump was aware of efforts to get information about rival presidential candidates.

In December, House Democrats released records showing calls between Nunes and Parnas, but Nunes said then that he couldn't remember ever speaking with Parnas. We think this brings important new light to the president's project, and when it started, and the role of Rudy Giuliani, and the others.

Also among the new materials is a screenshot of a previously undisclosed letter from Mr Giuliani to Mr Zelensky, in which he asks to arrange a meeting.

The documents released on Tuesday included encrypted messages between Parnas, a Florida businessman, and Robert F. Hyde, a Republican congressional candidate in CT, disparaging Yovanovitch and apparently providing updates on her movements in Kiev.

Pompeo, who was traveling in California when the documents were released, had been harshly criticized by lawmakers and current and former diplomats for not addressing the matter. Parnas allegedly helped carry out President Donald Trump's campaign to pressure the Ukrainian government for investigations that would benefit Trump's re-election.

The White House will need to file theirs by Monday at noon, allowing Democrats 24 hours to respond before opening arguments begin.

Giuliani called Parnas's statement "sad".

The Washington Post's Greg Sargent calls the new "so what?" defense "particularly ugly". They came from a Belgian phone number, and while the final digits of the number are redacted in the screenshots released by the House, the first five digits exactly match a Belgian phone number for de Caluwe listed on one of his online profiles.

During an interview on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" Wednesday night, Mr.

Mr Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, claimed he delivered an ultimatum in May to the new Ukraine president that no top U.S. officials would attend his inauguration and all aid halted if an investigation into Joe Biden was not announced.

The Justice Department has denied Parnas' allegations that Barr was working to advance Trump's agenda in Ukraine. The messages were sent around the time Democrats say the Biden investigation scheme at the heart of the impeachment was being concocted.

"Witnesses may tell the truth and witnesses may not tell the truth.

And I said, 'great, you know, just talk to my staff and boom, boom, boom, ' which is normal procedure", he said. "It's not clear at this point that Republicans are interested in hearing his claims".

"Barr was basically on the team", Parnas said. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, said this week.

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