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Politics 'Never heard about': Pompeo says he wasn’t aware of possible surveillance of US ambassador to Ukraine

18:35  17 january  2020
18:35  17 january  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Ukraine opens criminal investigation into possible surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch

  Ukraine opens criminal investigation into possible surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch Ukraine is opening a criminal investigation into possible illegal surveillance of former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch after the release of Lev Parnas' text messages.The ministry in a statement said police had opened the investigation in light of text messages released by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee between two associates of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Investigation follows publication of messages between two Giuliani associates about Marie Yovanovitch.

Ukrainian authorities say they have opened an investigation into whether Marie Yovanovitch, the former U . S . ambassador to Kyiv, was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the State Department have not replied to repeated requests for comment on the alleged surveillance and potential physical

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he didn’t know about possible surveillance of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before she was ousted from her post by the Trump administration.

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"I never heard about this at all. Until this story broke, I had, to the best of my recollection, had never heard of this at all," Pompeo told talk-show host Hugh Hewitt Friday.

Documents and text messages turned over to the House Intelligence Committee earlier this week by Lev Parnas, an associate of President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, included exchanges about the need to remove Yovanovitch from her post.

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  Ukraine Investigates Reports of Illegal Surveillance of U.S. Ambassador The police in Ukraine have opened a criminal investigation into whether allies of President Trump had the United States ambassador to the country under surveillance while she was stationed in Kyiv, the Ukrainian government said on Thursday. Democrats in the House of Representative on Tuesday revealed evidence pointing to surveillance of the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch, just before Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate was scheduled to begin.

“That’s the way everybody viewed it,” Parnas said . The statement came during Parnas’s second night of back-to-back television interviews, during which he implicated President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo , Rep.

Marie Yovanovitch, the US ambassador to Ukraine , was removed from her post in April by The two men then exchanged a string of messages about the ambassador ’s whereabouts. “But [attorney general William] Barr hasn’ t opened an investigation and [secretary of state ] Pompeo , radio silence.”

Parnas, who has been charged with campaign finance violations, and Trump donor and Republican congressional candidate Robert Hyde discussed Yovanovitch's whereabouts in Ukraine in text messages from March 2019. Hyde implied in the messages that he or his allies were surveilling her.

“She's talked to three people. Her phone is off. Computer is off. She's next to the embassy. Not in the embassy. Private security. Been there since Thursday,” Hyde said in one of his messages to Parnas.

“They know she's a political puppet. They will let me know when she's on the move,” he said in another message.

Parnas told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday that he didn’t take Hyde’s comments about monitoring Yovanovitch seriously.

Ukrainian officials announced Thursday they were launching an investigation into the possible surveillance.

“Ukraine's position is not to interfere in the domestic affairs of the United States of America. However, the published references cited by the Washington Post contain a possible violation of the law of Ukraine and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which protects the rights of a diplomat on the territory of the foreign country,” the Ministry of Internal Affairs said in a statement.

After interview, Pompeo cursed at reporter, yelled: 'Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?' .
Sec. Pompeo unloaded on NPR host Mary Louise Kelly after an interview in which she questioned him about Ukraine and other hot-button issues, NPR said.Pompeo unloaded on NPR's Mary Louise Kelly after an interview in which she questioned him on Ukraine and Iran, among other issues. He grew extremely irritated by Kelly's Ukraine questions, according to NPR.

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