UPDATE: A clarification from Sen. Cruz.
Turns out, what I was told in the Cloakroom was slightly inaccurate. Instead of his being “ejected” from the gallery, Parnas was told he wouldn’t be allowed into the gallery w/ his ankle bracelet, and so he didn’t actually try to go in.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 30, 2020
Lev Parnas, who has been federally indicted for fraud, is being held up as a legitimate witness this week by Democrats on Capitol Hill desperately trying to impeach President Trump. Why? Because Parnas, who President Trump called a "groupie" and has been accused of buying his way into Trump world as a grifter, has suddenly changed his opinion.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has taken note and invited Parnas to be his guest in the Senate today. Electronics of any kind are banned from the chamber, which has created an issue.
Scenes from the impeachment trial: Schumer invited Lev Parnas to be his personal guest today at the trial. Minutes ago, Parnas was ejected from the gallery...because he’s wearing an ankle bracelet mandated bc he’s a criminal defendant accused of serious felonies! #CantMakeItUp— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 29, 2020
Washington Democrats know their impeachment effort is failing... so they retort to bringing in federally indicted LEV PARNAS (wearing an ankle bracelet) and suddenly disclosing a 4 month old phone call with no relevance.— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 29, 2020
They are desperate. It's right in front of you.
Pics: Lev Parnas takes a phone call in the Russell building. Parnas cannot watch the Senate impeachment trial from the gallery because electronics are not allowed and he’s wearing an ankle bracelet. His attorney, @josephabondy, took the subway to watch the trial himself: pic.twitter.com/JKOXNgskZT— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) January 29, 2020
The best way to sum up this whole debacle is to understand that Senator Schumer’s desire for Lev Parnas to attend the Senate trial apparently cannot be accommodated because Mr. Parnas has an electronic ankle bracelet imposed upon him by the court. You can’t make this up.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 29, 2020