Pompeo Breaks Silence on Reported Threats to Former Ukraine Ambassador

Pompeo Breaks Silence on Reported Threats to Former Ukraine Ambassador

On Thursday, President Trump said of Parnas to reporters, "I don't know him at all".

The statement added that the agency reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for information and materials about "persons who may be involved in a possible criminal offense". Months later, Trump told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Yovanovitch was "bad news" and "she's going to go through some things." "I didn't know about the specific letter, but if he wrote a letter it wouldn't have been a big deal".

"I don't believe it, and that's why I want to apologize for it", he said, adding that he and Giuliani only wanted her fired because she opposed the effort to get Ukraine to announce an investigation into the Bidens.

Several of the text messages appear to suggest the former USA envoy was placed under surveillance. But Ukrainian police are investigating the allegations.

Numerous media's questions involved the articles of impeachment being delivered to the Senate earlier in the day as well as the various claims made by Lev Parnas, an associate to Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. The documents provided by Parnas suggested there may have been a threat to Yovanovitch shortly before she was abruptly recalled last spring.

Robert Hyde, Trump donor, landscaper from CT and congressional candidate, took pains to distance himself from Lev Parnas Friday with a flurry of tweets and a video.

"I'd never heard about this at all", Pompeo told Hugh Hewitt, a talk radio host.

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'She under heavy protection outside Kiev, ' Hyde wrote in one.

'They are willing to help if we/you would like a price, ' Hyde added in another message that day.

Yovanovitch was removed as ambassador to Ukraine last May.

Asked if he "had eyes on Marie Yovanovitch", Hyde replied, "Absolutely not, are you kidding me?" "I wouldn't do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president", Parnas, an American citizen, told MSNBC Wednesday, his lawyer sitting by his side.

The second part of Maddow's interview with Parnas aired on Thursday evening.

In addition to providing further proof of how various people connected to Trump sought to cajole the Ukrainian government into investigating Hunter Biden, Parnas has said and demonstrated how Trump and his entire team were fully aware of the dealings and were aware that they were not above board. Parnas, a close associate of Trump's personal lawyer Giuliani is claiming Trump was directly involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Maddow also more than tripled the ratings pulled in by CNN's Cuomo Prime Time, which stood at 1.06 million for the night.

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