Trump Jr. Accuses Former U.S. Ambassador Yovanovitch of 'Monitoring' Him
Trump's son accuses Yovanovitch of also monitoring members of the American public
Donald Trump Jr. accused former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch of “monitoring” him along with other members of the American public days after she called for an investigation into accusations she was followed by President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani associates while in Ukraine.
Trump's son also slammed the media for not properly covering Yovanovitch’s own surveillance efforts.
The allegations come following the release of documents obtained by the House of Representatives related to Senate impeachment trial concerning Trump’s July phone call asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s 'corruption.'
Trump Jr. tweeted Wednesday:
“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 was responding to conservative commentator and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, which he alleged he too was 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.
The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Reform committees on Tuesday released the documents turned over by indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, which included messages between him and Republican congressional candidate Robert Hyde.
In one text, Hyde allegedly wrote to Parnas:
“Wow. Can’t believe Trump hasn’t fired this b--ch. I’ll get right in that,” The Hill reported.
In another message, he allegedly wrote:
She was doing the same to me apparently and other private citizens. Media wouldn’t cover a rogue Ambasador monitoring American citizens... I wonder why??? https://t.co/BvSVJE6wfw— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 16, 2020
"They will let me know when she’s on the move,” in an apparent reference to Yovanovicth,” adding later, “if you want her out, they need to make contact with security forces,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
"Guess you can do anything in Ukraine with money," he reportedly texted.
In November last year, Yovanovitch admitted she was briefed about Hunter Biden being on Burisma’s board, but failed to do anything about it.
Yovanovitch, who was being questioned by Republican counsel, testified in response to Stephen Castor's questions before the House Intelligence Committee’s second public hearing in the impeachment inquiry.
Hunter Biden, the then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son, was highly compensated for being on the board position of the energy company in 2014 while his father oversaw U.S.-Ukraine relations.
Diplomat George Kent testified Wednesday that Biden's position on the board presented an apparent conflict of interest.