The Democrats in the US House of Representatives say they have further incriminating evidence of the upcoming impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in the Senate. Among other things, this involves confidential telephone data, according to a statement by four democratic committee chairs. Since this data contained "sensitive personal information", it would not be made public. In addition, a man named Lev Parnas, who has ties to Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has made incriminating material available to the Intelligence Committee.
The secret service committee chairman, Democrat Adam Schiff, published material from Parnas. Parnas and a companion were arrested in Washington in October. They are accused of using illegal campaign donations to force the removal of what was then the US ambassador to Ukraine.
Among the documents published by Schiff is a letter from Giuliani, in which he, in his role as Trump's personal lawyer, asked to meet with the designated Ukrainian President in May Volodymyr Selenskyj tried. In a handwritten note from Parnas it says: "Get Selenskyj to announce that the Biden case will be investigated."
Allegation of abuse of power and hindrance to investigations
The Democrats accuse Trump of urging Selenskyj to investigate his political rival Joe Biden in order to influence the 2020 presidential election in his favor. They see it as proven that Trump has made a meeting with Selenskyj in the White House and the release of military aid for Ukraine dependent on the announcement of such investigations. They accuse him of abuse of power and interference with the House investigation.
The House of Representatives wants to decide this Wednesday to submit the two charges against Trump to the Senate. This is a prerequisite for the impeachment proceedings against the President in the Senate to begin, which should begin in the coming days. The four Democratic committee chairmen said the new evidence would be sent to the Senate along with other material on which the charges were based.