Cornyn: Giuliani ‘not relevant’ to impeachment trial

Source: Politico | January 19, 2020 | Eleanor Mueller

“That’s a relationship that causes some of us to sort of scratch our heads.”

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who’s reported to have played a central role in trying to convince Ukraine to investigate a Trump political rival, is “not relevant” to the Senate impeachment trial, Sen. John Cornyn said Sunday.

“That’s a relationship that causes some of us to sort of scratch our heads,” the Texas Republican said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “But I’d say he’s not relevant to the articles and what the Senate is going to be asked to do, impeaching a president for the third time in American history for a non-crime over events that never occurred.”

The House Intelligence Committee released a series of text messages Friday that show an aide to California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, in frequent communication with Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Giuliani who has become a key figure in the Ukraine controversy that resulted in the House’s December vote to impeach the president.

Asked about the newly revealed evidence, Cornyn responded that “there is no question that there have been a series of grifters and other hangers-on that have associated themselves with the president’s campaign or claim to have special relationships with the president, but this is not the issue that the Senate is going to be deciding.”

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