Unredacted Text Messages From Lev Parnas Show Adam Schiff Might Have Mischaracterized Exchange: Report

A new series of unredacted text messages show House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Ca.) may have mischaracterized an exchange between Rudy Giuliani and Lev Parnas, according to a Politico report.

The story began when Schiff sent over a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-Ny.) that laid out the revelations from new evidence turned over to Congress. In it, Schiff summarized a series of text messages between Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, and Parnas, an indicted business associate of Giuliani’s. Schiff said that Parnas “continued to try to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky” and used a specific text message to support that claim.

The text, from Parnas to Giuliani, says “trying to get us mr Z.” But the remainder of the text messages were redacted.

On Wednesday, though, Politico is reporting that unredacted versions of the text messages show Parnas was referring to Mykola Zlochevsy, the founder of Burisma, not Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine. Those text messages show Parnas sending a document to Giuliani with notes where he interviewed Zlochevsky, and he again refers to Zlochevsy as “Mr. Z.”

While these texts do not undercut Democrats’ central claim — that President Donald Trump used his power to try and pressure Ukraine into investigating the Biden family — they will surely be used by Republicans to paint Schiff as a dishonest actor. For months, Republicans in the House and Senate have claimed Schiff was acting dishonestly during the impeachment inquiry, with Trump even dubbing him “shifty Schiff.”

A Democratic official working on the impeachment inquiry told Politico that the text messages and the revelations about them do little to impact the overall narrative. In fact, the official said, Parnas and Giuliani reaching out to Zlochevsky only further shows the effort they went to in order to find dirt on Joe Biden, whose son was working on the board of Burisma.

“Beginning with Mr. Giuliani’s May 10 letter to President Zelensky two months earlier and leading up to Mr. Giuliani’s August 2 meeting with Mr. Zelensky’s representatives in Spain, Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Parnas actively sought high-level engagement with President Zelensky and his administration to carry out the President’s corrupt scheme,” the official told Politico. “If Mr. Giuliani sought out dirt from other sources, that would be consistent with their overall effort.”

Responses

  1. I am extremely troubled by the fact that there is video evidence of Joe Biden using extortion to force Ukraine to fire a prosecutor. For some reason, that cannot be investigated? But bogus charges that President Trump may have asked the Ukrainian government to look into any corruption involved Biden and his family is criminal. Isn’t that just what the DNC has been trying to do to Trump since 2016? Getting bogus charges for a phony dossier from a foreign entity during a campaign and then to be used after Trump was inaugurated to help oust him from office? And the media can”t see that? Well, of course they can’t, they are part of the conspiracy to remove Trump from office. They are hating on themselves for probably being responsible for his election with all the air time they gave him free of charge during the campaign. Thinking he was a joke, but the joke was on them. He got what he wanted to say out in his own way and the American voters ate it up.

  2. “You would have to be mentally retarded or a Democrat not to think there was corruption and serious wrongdoing on the part of Biden’s son and his affiliation with Burisma. All of the evidence of corruption and lying is primarily focused on the Democratic party and their behavior since Trump’s run for office started…” Pale Blue Friend

    You are confused about serious wrongdoing and who did it.

    Was Hunter complicit in corruption? Of course, but you are avoiding important context. What matters is that his corruption is legal, approved and accepted. It is part of our corrupt political game. If you don’t like that, and indeed you shouldn’t, then you need to elect better politicians who are not corrupt & are likely to remain uncorrupted. Right? Then do it and stop being complicit in the corruption yourself.

    If you feel that either of the Bidens are corrupt enough that they should be charged with anything, then convince your local congress members to do something about it, if they can. What they did has NOTHING to do, though, with King Donald The Loser’s impeachable crimes, except in His Majesty’s corrupt mind and in Cult-45’s minds. The Bindens did NOT make His Majesty commit his crimes.

    You really don’t fully understand what the Bidens did – rightly or wrongly – at all. You have been misinformed and are confused. You need to fix that.

  3. When the necessary administration officials appear in the hearing we will have a more concrete way to decide. The President’s move to keep everyone to testify does not point to innocence.

  4. THis must be another one of schiffy parodies. He makes up stories to fit his master plan.

  5. Desperate times call for desperate measures and if Schiff and his comrades have one thing in common it’s desperation. Mischaracterized is just another word for lying.

    1. Testimony by admin witnesses under oath will clear up all of this.

  6. You would have to be mentally retarded or a Democrat not to think there was corruption and serious wrongdoing on the part of Biden’s son and his affiliation with Burisma. All of the evidence of corruption and lying is primarily focused on the Democratic party and their behavior since Trump’s run for office started…. how anyone could still be a voting Democrat after watching the last 4 years of their disgusting Behavior completely dumbfounds me

    1. “You would have to be mentally retarded or a Democrat not to think there was corruption and serious wrongdoing on the part of Biden’s son and his affiliation with Burisma. All of the evidence of corruption and lying is primarily focused on the Democratic party and their behavior since Trump’s run for office started…” Pale Blue Friend

      You are confused about serious wrongdoing and who did it.

      Was Hunter complicit in corruption? Of course, but you are avoiding important context. What matters is that his corruption is legal, approved and accepted. It is part of our corrupt political game. If you don’t like that, and indeed you shouldn’t, then you need to elect better politicians who are not corrupt and are likely to remain uncorrupted. Right? Then do it and stop being complicit in it yourself.

      If you feel that either of the Bidens are corrupt enough that they should be charged with anything, then convince your local congress members to do something about it, if they can. What they did has NOTHING to do, though, with King Donald The Loser’s impeachable crimes, except in His Majesty’s corrupt mind and in Cult-45’s minds. The Bindens did NOT make His Majesty commit his crimes.

      You really don’t fully understand what the Bidens did – rightly or wrongly – at all. You have been misinformed and are confused. You need to fix that.

  7. Well, we all know Schiff has an ” active imagination “.

  8. Not mentioned here; but other places is the fact the so-called “whistleblower” is a holdover from #44’s abysmal reign and two MONTHS into the Trump Administration was plotting with another of #44’s holdovers (working in the White House) a way to begin to get Trump impeached. This is after the Washington Post had published a headline NINETEEN MINUTES after Trump was sworn into Office declaring the impeachment of Trump had begun. Muslim Tlaib swore to impeach the “m’fer”. Mad Max Waters repeatedly tried to incite violence by braying “impeach 45”. And of course, Schiff has “incontrovertible, overwhelming evidence” of Trump’s guilt, abuse of power, etc., etc., etc. which he won’t reveal because he has nothing but flatulence coming out of his mouth – or some other orifice.

    This impeachment charade – coup d’etat – has been going on since 2016 with lie after lie after lie from the Left because (1) Trump does not fit the mold of past Presidents, (2) he beat out the Left’s Queen of Mass Corruption and (3) Trump has accomplished most of what he promised in his first three years unlike his Marxist predecessor who accomplished nothing in eight years except aiding our enemies with taxpayer money, disdain for our ally in the Middle East (Israel), racial disharmony, widespread divisiveness, double digit unemployment (per Government U-6 report) , low GDP, 8 million on entitlement programs,13 million in poverty, loss of industries to other countries and higher taxes. It’s pleasing to see a POTUS who has Made America Great Again!

  9. How can you tell Schiff is lying? That’s a no brainer his lips are moving! This man and i use that term loosely has lied and twisted facts to suit the lefts narrative from the start. He has zero credibility!

    1. The eyes are the indicator. The bigger the lie he’s selling low information Leftists, the more he looks like Marty Feldman, Eyegor from Young Frankenstein.

  10. The ONLY abuse of power is from Shifty Schiff, Naughty Nancy and Chafing Chuck! When the tables are turned, oh what fun that will be!

  11. Why wouldn’t he? He doctored the Ukrainian transcript as he imagined it.
    Lie big, lie small.

    1. Why would he create a complete fabrication of the “whistleblower-hoaxer’s” account of the President’s conversation with Ukranian Pres. Zelenski? Because this is a show created by Democrats to trick the American people to subsidize their 2020 campaign. And brain-dead zombies who believe anything he says. At some point we’ve got to hold the Dems accountable. Perhaps in 2020 we can put them firmly in the minority then all this sham goes away and there will be some squawking but from a small minority way back in the nose bleed section. They are using OUR money for their 2020 campaign and not doing a bit of work FOR the American people. They could have worked with the President on infrastructure, defense, security, healthcare, immigration – things that would actually earn their salaries. But instead they have only one thing that they promised from the day of Trump’s nomination to now, and that is impeachment. Why don’t they try to convince Americans that they have something better to offer? Better governance, for example? The reason they hate Trump so much is that he has PROVEN that their ideas and ideals are bankrupt. That’s got to hurt. And deservedly so.

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