Ukraine says it has launched two criminal investigations into the possible illegal surveillance of former USA ambassador to Kyiv Marie Yovanovitch before she was recalled from her post a year ago. "Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money. what I was told".
They also showed the two, working with Ukrainian officials, trying to force out Yovanovitch, who was eventually removed by Trump. - The Articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump will be formally read to the Senate, setting in motion a historic trial that threatens the US leader with removal from office.
This week, House Democrats released text messages Parnas exchanged with Robert Hyde, a Republican congressional candidate from CT, in which the two have threatening exchanges about Marie Yovanovitch, the USA ambassador to Ukraine.
Hyde did not provide details about where he was getting his information about Yovanovitch, other than citing "my guy". "I don't know how many times at that dinner, once or twice, three times, but he fired her several times at that dinner", Parnas said.
On Wednesday night, Parnas sought to portray his exchanges with Hyde in a similar light.
Mr. Parnas said in a televised interview on Wednesday that he had not taken Mr. Hyde's offer seriously.
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US President Donald Trump on Thursday denied knowing Lev Parnas, after the associate of his personal attorney said the US president was fully aware of efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.
Ukraine recommended the United States take part in both investigations.
Yovanovitch served as the US ambassador to Kyiv from 2016 to May 2019, when she was abruptly recalled amid public criticism from Trump allies about her performance.
"Our goal is to investigate whether there actually was a violation of Ukrainian and worldwide law", the ministry added.
"Or whether it is just a bravado and fake information in the informal conversation between two U.S. citizens", it added in the English-language statement. It concluded its statement by saying, "Ukraine expects the United States of America to respond promptly and looks forward to cooperation". The documents provided by Parnas suggested there may have been a threat to Yovanovitch shortly before she was abruptly recalled last spring.