Lawyer for Diplomat Marie Yovanovitch Demands Investigation After Explosive Documents Suggest She Was Surveilled in Ukraine

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  • An attor­ney for former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is call­ing for an inves­ti­ga­tion after doc­u­ments released by the House Intelligence Committee sug­gest­ed she was under sur­veil­lance prior to being ousted from her posi­tion.
  • In one con­ver­sa­tion, Rudy Giuliani’s Ukrainian asso­ciate Lev Parnas and Parnas’s asso­ciate Robert Hyde, a Republican run­ning for Congress in Connecticut, dis­cussed Yovanovitch’s where­abouts and how they had “a person inside.”
  • In anoth­er exchange, Hyde referred to Yovanovitch blunt­ly as “that b — h.”
  • “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 told NBC News. ”
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An attor­ney for former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is call­ing for an inves­ti­ga­tion after doc­u­ments released by the House Intelligence Committee sug­gest­ed she was under sur­veil­lance prior to being ousted from her posi­tion.

The doc­u­ments includ­ed text mes­sages between Rudy Giuliani’s Ukrainian asso­ciate Lev Parnas and others appar­ent­ly dis­cussing Yovanovitch. 

“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 told NBC News. “We trust that the appro­pri­ate author­i­ties will con­duct an inves­ti­ga­tion to deter­mine what hap­pened.”

Yovanovitch, who tes­ti­fied during President Donald Trump’s impeach­ment inquiry, was abrupt­ly recalled from her posi­tion in May after what she described as a smear cam­paign.

In one con­ver­sa­tion, Parnas’s asso­ciate Robert Hyde, a Republican run­ning for Congress in Connecticut, referred to Yovanovitch blunt­ly as “that b — h.”

Hyde later sent sev­er­al texts sug­gest­ing it was pos­si­ble to keep tabs on Yovanovitch in Ukraine, adding, “They are will­ing to help if we/you would like a price.” 

Afterward, Hyde wrote, “Guess you can do any­thing in the Ukraine with money.”

Hyde also texted Parnas about Yovanovitch’s where­abouts and the state of her secu­ri­ty. 

“She [sic] under heavy pro­tec­tion out­side Kiev,” Hyde wrote. 

He fol­lowed up saying how they “have a person inside.”

Hyde released a state­ment about the text mes­sages, saying that he was ine­bri­at­ed while he was mes­sag­ing his asso­ciates.

Source: Business Insider (Military & Defense)

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