GOP Donor Was Allegedly Stalking Marie Yovanovitch’s Movements
Newly released text messages involving Rudy Giuliani’s associate Lev Parnas show him discussing efforts to stalk former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, according to Business Insider.
Natasha Bertrand on Twitter
“Um holy sh*t. This certainly makes it sound like Parnas and co. were actively tracking Yovanovitch's movements. This could explain why Yovanovitch was moved out of Ukraine so quickly. https://t.co/4rBRB06ZGN”
Alison Greene on Twitter
“Pretty sure surveilling, or even possibly plotting to harm a US Ambassador, is Unequivocally a High Crime and Misdemeanor. We need to hear testimony from Lev Parnas under oath to further explain these text messages. And maybe Robert F. Hyde should be put on the stand?”
The House Intelligence Committee made the conversations public along with letters and handwritten notes that illuminate Parnas’ role in President Donald Trump’s pressure campaign in Ukraine.
Yovanovitch was recalled from her position in May after what she described as a smear campaign and later testified during President Trump’s impeachment inquiry.
Yovanovitch’s testimony were verified by the newly published exchanges, which show a plot by Parnas and his associates to “get rid” of her.
Robert Hyde, a Republican running for Congress in Connecticut, was among Parnas’ associates, and called Yovanovitch a “b---h” for being anti-Trump.
With a typo mixed in, Hyde said he “can’t believe Trumo hasn’t fired this b---h. I’ll get right in that.”
Hyde later sent several texts which suggested that he was monitoring Yovanovitch closely in Ukraine, adding, “They are willing to help if we/you would like a price.”
“Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money,” Hyde then wrote.
By the end of March, Hyde texted Parnas on the state of Yovanovitch’s security and followed up saying how they “have a person inside.”
In his telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that sparked a political crisis, President Trump told the Zelensky that Yovanovitch was "bad news."
"She's going to go through some things," he had said.
Yovanovitch demanded an investigation following the release of the documents, which showed she was under close surveillance prior to being removed from her position.
“Needless to say, the notion that American citizens and others were monitoring Ambassador Yovanovitch’s movements for unknown purposes is disturbing,” her lawyer Lawrence Robbins said.
“We trust that the appropriate authorities will conduct an investigation to determine what happened.”