After being granted with gallery tickets by Sen. Chuck Schumer's office to be a spectator of President Trump's impeachment trial this Wednesday, indicted Ukraine-born businessman Lev Parnas had his hopes dashed when he was turned away by Senate security because he was wearing a court-ordered ankle monitor -- a violation of Senate rules that ban all electronics from the chamber.
The news amused Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who took to Twitter and wasted no time pointing out Parnas's status as a defendant.
"Scenes from the impeachment trial: Schumer invited Lev Parnas to be his personal guest today at the trial," Cruz tweeted. '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"
In response, President Trump's critics on Twitter wasted no time in pointing out what they see as the irony in Cruz's sentiment:
@tedcruz Yeah - he committed felonies on behalf of @realDonaldTrump. Call @AmbJohnBolton to testify.— The Man With No Name; Zapp Brannigan (@The Man With No Name; Zapp Brannigan) 1580321732.0
@tedcruz The company Lev keeps, is so interesting. https://t.co/wkOneqWDVx— Tina (@Tina) 1580323349.0
@tedcruz This Lev Parnas? https://t.co/NbRw9seS3b— Mark Toth (aka Rancid Butter) 🏳️🌈 (@Mark Toth (aka Rancid Butter) 🏳️🌈) 1580322024.0
@tedcruz Felonies including illegally funneling money to Republicans and Trump's inaugural committee. So, yeah.— MoreSkyPlease (@MoreSkyPlease) 1580322497.0
@tedcruz Wow, Trump’s buddy is wearing an ankle bracelet - that’s rich. Why was Giuliani and this criminal investig… https://t.co/hPnICDIKDB— jen pal (@jen pal) 1580323383.0
@tedcruz So Parnas, who has interacted with and/or donated to several GOP members closely over the past few years a… https://t.co/97hUjqIY9p— Maggie (@Maggie) 1580322102.0
@tedcruz https://t.co/gVxcEZcMZ1— Andrew (@Andrew) 1580323787.0
@tedcruz That’s what all of Trump’s cronies are. Criminals. Please stop embarrassing our state.— SamiBrady (@SamiBrady) 1580323781.0