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House Intelligence Chairman and lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-CA) may have mischaracterized a text message exchange between Lev Parnas and Rudy Giuliani, according to a report in Politico.
The news outlet called it “a possible error the GOP will likely criticize as another example of the Democrats’ rushed effort to impeach President Donald Trump.”
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Last week, Schiff sent a letter to fellow impeachment manager House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), summarizing documents from Parnas, a former Giuliani associate.
In the letter, Schiff write that Parnas “continued to try to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky” — citing a specific text message exchange where Parnas tells Giuliani: “trying to get us mr Z.”
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According to Politico, the remainder of the exchange, attached to Schiff’s letter, was redacted.
However, an unredacted version of the exchange shows that several days later, Parnas sent notes to Giuliani of an interview with Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma, followed by a text message to Giuliani that states: “mr Z answers my brother.” The unredacted version suggests Parnas meant Zlochevsky, not Zelensky.
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The interview centers on hiring practices at Burisma, while the responses include statements such as “we wanted to build Burisma as [an] international company” and “we also thought it would help in Ukraine to have strong international board figures,” which also point to Zlochevsky — not the Ukrainian president — as the respondent.
A Democrat official did not dispute to Politico that Schiff’s assertion to Nadler...
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