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Lev Parnas wants to tell senators there were 'many quid pro quos' if he's called as a witness

Lev Parnas is on Capitol Hill, and he has something to say.

Parnas, a former associate of Rudy Giuliani, has provided telling pieces of evidence against President Trump in his Senate impeachment trial — not that most Republican senators have wanted to listen to him. So on Wednesday, Parnas showed up at the Capitol to convince the Senate to take witnesses in its ongoing trial, and then revealed what he'd say if he were called.

PBS NewsHour's Yamiche Alcindor questioned Parnas while he was walking through the Capitol, asking "what's the most important thing you want to say to senators?" "Call the witnesses," he said. And if he was eventually called, Parnas said he would tell the Senate "the president knew everything that was going on in Ukraine, and he put pressure, and there were many quid pro quos," including some that happened before Trump's July 25 phone call.

Parnas took a bigger role in the impeachment trial when his texts revealed efforts by the Trump administration to oust former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, including a possible surveillance campaign. Trump has tried to say he doesn't even know Parnas, though Parnas' lawyer has maintained that's not true.