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Parnas Tells of Rick Perry's Role in Ukraine: Impeachment Update
(Bloomberg) -- Chief Justice John Roberts made his first appearance in the Senate chamber Thursday to swear in the senators for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, which is set to begin Tuesday.Here are the latest developments:Parnas Makes More Accusations on Ukraine (10 p.m.)Lev Parnas, a former associate of Rudy Giuliani, said that then-Energy Secretary Rick Perry told Ukraine's president that he had to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and the energy company that had Biden's son as a board member.Perry went to Ukraine with that message last May when he attended the inauguration of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Parnas said in the second part of an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that was broadcast on Thursday night.His account widens the circle of Trump administration officials who have been accused of being involved or knew about an operaton to get the Ukrainian government to announce an investigation into Biden, one of President Donald Trump's chief political rivals.Giuliani told Perry what to tell Zelenskiy before going to Ukraine, Parnas said on Maddow's program, without offering specific evidence. Perry called Giuliani after the inauguration and told him that Zelenskiy "is going to do it," according to Parnas.But when Zelenskiy only announced something about battling corruption, Parnas said, "Giuliani blew his lid on that saying that's not what we discussed. That it wasn't supposed to be a corruption investigated announcement. It has to be about Jo
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