House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel has just announced he is investigating the alleged, jaw-dropping threats against former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. Those threats, which include a disturbing series of text messages (below) were apparently made by Lev Parnas (photo), a former Giuliani associate who has been arrested and charged with campaign finance crimes, and Robert Hyde, a Trump donor and Republican congressional candidate.
“Documents turned over to the Intelligence Committee by Lev Parnas include a profoundly alarming dialogue between Mr. Parnas and Robert Hyde, a Trump donor," Chairman Engel said in a statement Wednesday. "The messages suggest a possible risk to Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s security in Kyiv before she was recalled from her post last year. 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."
Today, I will convey a formal request for documents, information, and a briefing from senior officials related to t… https://t.co/DoWZ1tmMG0— Eliot Engel (@Eliot Engel)1579105762.0
Politico national security correspondent Natasha Bertrand tweeted images of the alarming texts Tuesday evening:
Um holy sh*t. This certainly makes it sound like Parnas and co. were actively tracking Yovanovitch's movements. Thi… https://t.co/PoBozU54Oy— Natasha Bertrand (@Natasha Bertrand)1579041729.0
Among them are these disturbing texts:
"Can't believe [Trump] hasn't fired this bitch ... They are willing to help if we/you would like a price" -- texts… https://t.co/Fu64GNPCVv— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1579106643.0
Hyde, the Trump donor who allegedly was part of the text conversation, defended himself via this tweet:
How low can liddle Adam Bull Schiff go? I was never in Kiev. For them to take some texts my buddy’s and I wrote bac… https://t.co/Y8DtbfKuJ3— 🇺🇸 Dr. Hyde 🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸 Dr. Hyde 🇺🇸)1579059801.0
And more recently, this one:
Liddle Adam Bull Schiff and the Standard Hotel, I wasn’t there either or was I... #fuckadamschiff— 🇺🇸 Dr. Hyde 🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸 Dr. Hyde 🇺🇸)1579098347.0
Image via Twitter