Democrats in the US House of Representatives have unveiled new evidence as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
"These threats occurred at the same time that the two men were also discussing President Trump's efforts, through Rudy Giuliani, to smear the ambassador's reputation", Engel said.
During the impeachment investigation last fall, Yovanovitch testified that she had received a late night call from Washington warning her that she needed to return to the United States urgently and that there were concerns about her safety.
Hyde's campaign did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.
Democrats released the files Tuesday as they prepared to send articles of impeachment to the Senate for Trump's trial.
The former New York City mayor met with multiple current and former Ukrainian officials and businessmen in an effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden.
Rudy Giuliani told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky he's working with Trump's "knowledge and consent". They spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the diplomatic sensitivity of the issue, which has roiled U.S.
Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian energy firm from 2014 until a year ago.
For their part, Democratic lawmakers on the relevant committees said they would "continue our investigative work and will make available to the Senate and the American people any additional evidence of the President's misconduct as it is revealed". "This must be fully investigated as the Senate conducts the impeachment trial", he tweeted Wednesday. In a letter describing the contents, Schiff said he was also sending a second flash drive in a sealed envelope, adding that it includes "sensitive personal information that should be protected from public disclosure".
The records provided by Parnas, who has been indicted in NY for alleged campaign finance violations, add to the evidence already released documenting Giuliani's efforts to get the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to publicly announce an investigation related to former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who had ties to a Ukrainian energy company. Prosecutors allege they made outsize campaign donations to Republican causes after receiving millions of dollars originating from Russian Federation. He pleaded not guilty in October 2019.
Parnas, however, continued to push to set up a meeting between Zelensky and Giuliani.
"The Trump administration is poisoning the traditionally good relationship between the State Department and Congress. Members are running out of patience with the constant stonewalling", a Democratic aide said.
When viewed in black and white following the document release, the messages have taken on what some readers took to be a more sinister tone, with Yovanovitch demanding an investigation. Hyde, a House candidate from CT and a Trump donor, which appear to show that Mr. The documents show a series of messages sent on WhatsApp from Hyde to Parnas, alluding to removing Yovanovotich from her post. "Her computer is off".
Hyde later wrote that Yovanovitch was "under heavy protection outside Kiev". In one message, Hyde wrote, "They are willing to help if we/you would like a price".
Lawrence Robbins, an attorney for Yovanovitch, called for an investigation into the messages. "The notion that American citizens and others were monitoring [her] movements.is disturbing", her lawyer said. Several text messages appear to suggest that Ms Yovanovitch was placed under surveillance. Giuliani replied: "I can revive it".
I have no idea if the President's associates had the US Ambassador to Ukraine under surveillance. Giuliani then predicted "he will get one", before giving Parnas the phone number for Jay Sekulow, the leader of the president's personal legal team. As Democrats control the House, this vote is expected to pass meaning the impeachment trial can begin in earnest next week.
A federal judge ruled yesterday that Parnas can provide materials from three other devices as well.
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