Sanders calls for investigation into possible surveillance of Yovanovitch
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday called for an investigation into documents produced by House lawmakers suggesting then-Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch 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.”
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. We have a responsibility to hold this lawless administration to account. https://t.co/nY3ykuKdiZ
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 15, 2020
Documents released by House Democrats Wednesday included communications between Connecticut congressional candidate Robert Hyde (R) and Lev Parnas, an associate of President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
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 Hayes (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 Schumer (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.