Sanders calls for investigation into possible surveillance of Yovanovitch

Sanders calls for investigation into possible surveillance of Yovanovitch
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Pence-linked group launches 0K ad campaign in West Virginia praising Manchin Senators huddle on path forward for SALT deduction in spending bill MORE (I-Vt.) on Wednesday called for an investigation into documents produced by House lawmakers suggesting then-Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchGiuliani hires attorneys who defended Harvey Weinstein The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Former Ukrainian prosecutor says he was fired for not investigating Hunter Biden: report MORE was placed under surveillance.

“It is outrageous that the President’s personal lawyers appear to have directed the surveillance of a U.S. ambassador. This must be fully investigated as the Senate conducts the impeachment trial,” Sanders tweeted Wednesday. “We have a responsibility to hold this lawless administration to account.”

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Documents released by House Democrats Wednesday included communications between Connecticut congressional candidate Robert Hyde (R) and Lev Parnas, an associate of President TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiRudy Giuliani becomes grandfather after son welcomes child Press: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Former NYC police commissioner to testify before Jan. 6 committee, demands apology MORE.

Among the communications was a text from Hyde suggesting Yovanovitch’s movements were being monitored, saying “they will let me know when she’s on the move.”

Hyde, who is running to unseat Rep. Jahana HayesJahana HayesHouse GOP campaign arm releases ad hitting Democrats on IRS bank-reporting proposal Ilhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' Katie Hill launches effort to protect Democratic majority in House MORE (D) in the state’s 5th Congressional District, also texted Parnas “Wow. Can’t believe Trumo hasn’t fired this bitch. I’ll get right in that.”

Giuliani, meanwhile, texted Parnas that Trump had “fired [Yovanovitch] again” the day before she was recalled from Kyiv, with Parnas responding, “I pray it happens this time I’ll call you tomorrow my brother.”

Yovanovitch’s lawyer Lawrence Robbins called for an investigation Tuesday, saying in a statement issued on her behalf that “needless to say, the notion that American citizens and others were monitoring Ambassador Yovanovitch’s movements for unknown purposes is disturbing.”

“We trust that the appropriate authorities will conduct an investigation to determine what happened,” he added.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The omicron threat and Biden's plan to beat it Lawmakers take aim at 'Grinches' using bots to target consumers during holidays Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills MORE (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that the documents indicated the need for witnesses and documents in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial.

"I don't know how any member of this body could pick up the newspaper this morning, read this new revelation and not conclude that the Senate needs access to relevant documents like these in the trial," Schumer said from the Senate floor.

— Updated at 1:45 p.m.