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Westchester/Bronx Congressman Eliot Engel prepping for a television appearance with CNN's Wolf Blitzer during November impeachment hearings. Photo Credit: @RepEliotEngel
New York Sen. Charles Schumer, on the U.S. Senate floor Wednesday, Jan. 15 called for more witnesses and documents in the Senate impeachment trial set to begin next week. Photo Credit: @SenSchumer
Connecticut congressional candidate Robert Hyde's campaign Twitter account. Photo Credit: @rfhyde1

Westchester Congressman, NY Senator Seek Broader Probe Into Ousted Ukraine Ambassador

U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel said newly-released impeachment documents "include a profoundly alarming dialogue (suggesting) a possible risk to Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s security in Kyiv before she was recalled from her post last year." 

In a statement released on Wednesday, Jan. 15, Engel, who is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, referred to text messages between  Lev Parnas and Robert Finley Hyde, a Republican candidate for Congress in Connecticut. (See "New Impeachment Evidence Drags Connecticut Congressional Candidate Into Trump Trial.")

Engel further demanded that the U.S. Department of State release any documents "connected to recently revealed records suggesting surveilling and threats to the security of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch before she was recalled from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine," according to Engel's Foreign Affairs Committee.

Hyde told Daily Voice earlier Wednesday,  "I have provided extensive comments on this matter which will be made publicly available at 7 PM this evening. I will have no further comment until then."

"These threats occurred at the same time that the two men were also discussing President Trump’s efforts, through Rudy Giuliani, to smear the ambassador’s reputation," said Engel, a Democrat who represents southern Westchester and the Bronx.

Likewise, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, also a New York Democrat, said that the newly-released evidence "dramatically underscores" the need for witnesses and documents in Trump’s impeachment trial.

"I don't know how any member of this body could pick up the newspaper this morning, read this new revelation and not conclude that the Senate needs access to relevant documents like these in the trial," Schumer said on Wednesday from the Senate floor, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Engel continued: “Yesterday, the Foreign Affairs Committee staff contacted the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security to flag this information and seek assurances that proper steps have been taken to ensure the security of Embassy Kyiv and that of Ambassador Yovanovitch. I’m grateful for the Department’s quick response and confident this matter is getting the attention it merits."

“The Foreign Affairs Committee will now seek to learn what, if anything, the State Department knew about this situation at the time these messages were sent. Today, I will convey a formal request for documents, information, and a briefing from senior officials related to this matter. This unprecedented threat to our diplomats must be thoroughly investigated and, if warranted, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Engel said.

Text messages indicate that Hyde, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, a Democrat, in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, communicated with Parnas about Yovanovitch when she was serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.

“Wow. Can’t believe Trumo (sic) hasn’t fired this bitch. I’ll get right in that,” Hyde texted to Parnas, according to the March 2019 documents released by the House committees.

On his campaign's Twitter site there was this post on Wednesday, Jan. 15: "Great stories and accusations. Thank you for your kind words and support comrade Bull schiffelei. Please consider making a contribution to my campaign."

Hyde, 40, was urged by GOP legislative leaders to drop out of the race for Congress after posting an offensive tweet with sexual innuendo about California Sen. Kamala Harris last month, after her decision to drop out of the presidential race. Earlier news coverage of other Hyde-related incidents can be found by clicking here.

The House voted Wednesday to send the two articles of impeachment to the Senate, where a trial is to begin next week. Daily Voice Plus coverage of reaction from New York members of Congress can be read by clicking here: