The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday transmitted a treasure-trove of new evidence to the House Judiciary Committee. That evidence included files from Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani.
Eric Lipton, a New York Times investigative reporter, noted that one letter in particular proved that the Ukraine scandal was in fact to help Donald Trump personally.
The letter was from Giuliani to Volodymyr Zelensky and was dated May 10th — after Zelensky won the election on April 21st, but before he was sworn in on May 20th.
In the letter, Giuliani makes clear that he is working for Trump’s personal benefit, not the United States.
“I am private counsel to President Donald J. Trump. Just to be precise, I represent him as a private citizen, not as President of the United States,” Giuliani wrote. “This is quite common under American law because the duties and privileges of a President and a private citizen are not the same.”
“Separate representation is usual process,” Giuliani claimed.
Trump’s lawyer went on to request a meeting prior to Zelensky being sworn-in, in his “capacity as personal counsel to President Trump and with his knowledge and consent.”
More new stuff. A letter from Rudy, after Ukraine's new president is elected, in May 2019 pic.twitter.com/ylnVCP3xMa
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) January 14, 2020
George Conway, a frequent critic of Trump, described the letter as, “I would like you to do us a favor though.”
cf. “I would like you to do us a favor though” pic.twitter.com/JUnTfDzvEh
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) January 14, 2020