NBC News reports:
Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani who has said he wants to testify in the president’s impeachment trial, showed up at the Senate on Wednesday attempting to gain entry.
Parnas, however, can’t enter the Senate gallery because he is wearing an electronic monitoring device on his ankle — and no electronic devices are allowed in the Senate chamber during the trial.
Parnas was spotted, along with his attorney Joseph Bondy, picking up his tickets for entry to the trial at the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Parnas and Bondy later said they would have to return the tickets to Schumer’s office.
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
Lev Parnas cannot enter the Senate gallery because he's wearing an electronic monitoring device on his ankle, and no electronic devices are allowed in the Senate chamber during the trial. https://t.co/DYZoouN91K
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 29, 2020
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