No evidence ties Trump to troubling surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch
New evidence released by House Democrats shows that Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, was being monitored at the request of at least one private U.S. citizen before she was recalled from her position. Democrats have tried to pin this on President Trump, but given the information we have right now, their accusation is irresponsible.
Text messages between Lev Parnas, a former associate of Rudy Giuliani’s who is now facing campaign finance charges, and Robert Hyde, a Republican candidate for Congress, indicate that Parnas and Hyde were tracking the movements of Yovanovitch and discussing how to surveil her.
After Parnas sent Hyde news articles critical of Yovanovitch, Hyde responded, “Wow. can't believe Trumo [sic] hasn't fired this bitch.” Hyde then suggested he had hired people in Ukraine to monitor the ambassador, referring to “the guys over there” who “know she’s a political puppet.”
“They will let me know when she’s on the move,” Hyde said. “Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money.”
Hyde regularly sent Parnas updates on Yovanovitch’s whereabouts. “She’s under heavy protection outside Kiev,” he wrote on March 23. Two days later, Hyde said, “They are moving her tomorrow. The guys over they [sic] asked me what I would like to do and what is in it for them.” And a few hours later, Hyde added, “She’s talked to three people. Her phone is off. Computer is off,” and, “They will let me know when she’s on ...
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