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Newly released texts from Giuliani collaborator appear to show them stalking Amb. Yovanovich

Newly released texts from Giuliani collaborator appear to show them stalking Amb. Yovanovich

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On Tuesday afternoon, a flurry of stunning new documents related to the impeachment inquiry were released to the media.

They appear to detail the president’s possible involvement in a plot to threaten and intimidate the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Maria Yovanovich, in order to clear the way for Rudy Giuliani and his cronies to set up contrived investigations of Joe Biden and his family to use as a political weapon in 2020.

We already knew that the president’s consigliere Rudy Giuliani and his henchmen, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, had spearheaded the successful campaign to smear and ultimately remove Maria Yovanovich from her post as Ambassador to Ukraine because she was obstructing his efforts to arrange investigations into Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Newly released text messages between Lev Parnas and Connecticut Republican House candidate Robert F. Hyde appear to show them discussing the surveillance of Yovanovich while she was still in Ukraine and an ominous offer to “help” for a “price” because “guess you can do anything in Ukraine with money… what I was told.”

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Parnas responded: “LOL.” Yovanovich would later be mysteriously told by who she believed to be the White House to get on the next plane home out of concern for her own safety.

Even more disturbingly, the President himself ominously bragged to Ukraine President Volodymyr  Zelenksy on one of their infamous calls that Yovanovich was going to be “going through some things” — which suggests that he knew about the plans to intimidate or at least publicly smear her himself.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested trying to sneak out of the country last October and charged with felony campaign finance violations over a $325,000 payment to a pro-Trump Super PAC and for working with a Ukrainian politician to influence U.S. politics. That money is suspected to be part of a seven-figure ad campaign made on behalf of Texas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions in return for his leading the Yovanovich recall efforts in Congress.

After Trump publicly disavowed Lev Parnas and claimed that he didn’t “know him” despite being in multiple pictures with him, Parnas decided he would be better off cooperating with federal authorities. He is doing so with surprising and surreal enthusiasm, even having his lawyer post these deeply weird music videos that appear to show him taunting the president about his testimony.

After these explosive revelations, it is clear that there is still much more to this story that needs to be told — but if anything carries enough gravity to convince Republicans in the Senate to allow more witnesses to come forward, the possibility of a threat on the life of a U.S. ambassador by minions linked to the President should do it.

Original reporting by Sam Brodey at the Daily Beast.

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