On Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. Used Twitter to accuse Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, of “monitoring” him and other Americans.
His comments come just 24 hours after Yovanovitch called for an investigation int whether there was illegal surveillance on her while she was deployed to Ukraine.
“She was doing the same to me apparently and other private citizens. Media wouldn’t cover a rogue Ambassador monitoring American citizens… I wonder why???” Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.
His tweet came as a response to a tweet by Dan Bogino, a former Secret Service agent and conservative commentator, who alleged that he was also on Yovanovitch’s spy list.
“Why was Marie Yovanovitch monitoring me, and others, when we began exposing her role in the Ukrainian collusion scandal with the Obama administration and the Democrats? Has she truthfully answered that question yet?” Bongino wrote.
Documents were released on Tuesday by the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Reform committees that were handed over by an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani’s, Lev Parnas. The evidence includes notes, photos, text messages, and voicemails.
The text messages included messages between Parvas and Republican congressional candidate Robert Hyde.
In one text, Hyde wrote, “Wow. Can’t believe Trump hasn’t fired this b–ch. I’ll get right in that,”
Another message, Hyde allegedly wrote, “they will let me know when she’s on the move,” in reference to Yovanovicth.” He then added, “if you want her out they need to make contact with security forces.”
“Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money,” Hyde then reportedly texted.
Yovanovitch testified during the House’s impeachment proceedings and stated that she had been “kneecapped” by the Trump administration. She also stated that Trump and Giuliani created a “smear campaign” against her.
As her testimony was taking place Trump tweeted, “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.”
Democrats accused Trump of witness intimidation and Yovanovitch stated that she did feel threatened by Trump’s tweet.