Report: Rep. Schiff misconstrued Parnas evidence

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks to reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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UPDATED 2:30 PM PT — Wednesday, January 22, 2020

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff may have intentionally mischaracterized evidence regarding Rudy Giuliani’s former associate Lev Parnas.

On Tuesday, reports uncovered a redacted section of a letter from Schiff to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler. In the letter, Schiff summarized several documents and text exchanges turned over by Parnas.

In one section, Schiff stated Parnas and Giuliani continuously tried to meet with Ukrainian President Zelensky, citing a text message between the two that read “trying to get us Mr. Z.”

However, new reports poked holes in these allegations, suggesting the so-called Mr. Z. was not Zelensky at all. The reports found that Parnas was likely referring to Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma.

Giuliani and Parnas were reportedly investigating Burisma’s hiring practices and had allegedly referred to Zlochevsky as Mr. Z. before. GOP officials argued that by redacting this information, Schiff was caught, yet again, falsifying information to further portray a pressure campaign in Ukraine.

FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2019, file photo, Lev Parnas arrives at court in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

During Senate impeachment hearings, President Trump’s defense noted Schiff has not stopped misconstruing evidence and lying to the American people since the trial began.

“Manager Schiff just said, ‘Try to summarize my colleague’s defense of the president,’” stated Jay Sekulow. “He said it not in those words, of course, which is not the first time Mr. Schiff has put words into transcripts that did not exist.”

Schiff continues to argue Parnas’ documents and text messages need to be admitted to the Senate impeachment trial. He claimed this form of evidence has more credibility than witnesses testimony.

“Witnesses may tell the truth and witnesses may lie, but documents generally tell the very straight story,” he said.

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