October 14, 2019
Judicial Watch Investigates Claims Ousted Ukrainian Ambassador Monitored Journalists. I Was One Of Them.
Updated: 1:45 p.m.
A conservative government watchdog group is investigating whether former Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch – who recently testified before the House Intelligence Committee – ordered the monitoring of journalists and people with ties to President Donald Trump.
Judicial Watch issued a Freedom of Information Act request on Monday, to the State Department asking for “any and all records regarding, concerning, or related to the monitoring of any U.S.-based journalist, reporter, or media commentator by any employee or office of the Department of State between January 1, 2019 and the present.”
“That includes all records pertaining to the scope of the monitoring to be conducted and individuals subject to it as well as records documenting the information collected pursuant to the monitoring,” the watchdog group stated. “The FOIA request also asks for all records of communication between any official, employee or representative of the State Department and any other individual or entity.”
A source with knowledge confirmed to SaraACarter.com that Yovanovitch, an Obama appointee, had allegedly requested the monitoring of this reporter. A source, with knowledge of the information, said “Sara Carter, as well as The Hill’s former columnist John Solomon, among others, were being monitored.”
Yovanovitch was a career diplomat. She also served at embassies in Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. She was appointed ambassador to Ukraine by Obama in 2016 and was recalled by the State Department in May.
On Friday, Yovanovitch testified behind closed doors during the House impeachment inquiry against Trump.
Last week during an interview with with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-CA, discussed the letter sent by former Congressman Pete Sessions to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raising serious concerns that Yovanovitch was “not serving the Trump administration well.”
“We also have concerns that possibly they were monitoring press from different journalists and others,” Nunes said. “That we don’t know, but we have people who are giving us this information and we’re going to ask these questions to the State Department and hopefully they’re going to get the answers before she comes in on Friday.”
A former senior U.S. Official told SaraACarter.com that Yovanovitch’s actions during her tenure as ambassador of Ukraine, under Trump, were “partisan and deeply concerning. These allegations must be investigated.”
Judicial Watch releases names of person’s allegedly monitored.
The prominent conservative figures — journalists and persons with ties to President Donald Trump — allegedly unlawfully monitored by the State Department in Ukraine at the request of ousted U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch include:
- Jack Posobiec
- Donald Trump Jr.
- Laura Ingraham
- Sean Hannity
- Michael McFaul (Obama’s ambassador to Russia)
- Dan Bongino
- Ryan Saveeda
- Rudy Giuliani
- Sebastian Gorka
- John Solomon
- Lou Dobbs
- Pamella Geller
- Sara Carter
According to information obtained by Judicial Watch the information indicates “Yovanovitch may have violated laws and government regulations by ordering subordinates to target certain U.S. persons using State Department resources.”
Information obtained by the watchdog group, also indicates that “Yovanovitch reportedly ordered monitoring keyed to the following search terms: Biden, Giuliani, Soros and Yovanovitch.”
“Prior to being recalled as ambassador to Ukraine in the spring Yovanovitch reportedly created a list of individuals who were to be monitored via social media and other means. Ukraine embassy staff made the request to the Washington D.C. headquarters office of the department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs,” Judicial Watch learned.
“After several days, Yovanovitch’s staff was informed that the request was illegal and the monitoring either ceased or was concealed via the State Department Global Engagement Center, which has looser restrictions on collecting information,” the information they obtained stated.
A senior State Department official, who spoke to Judicial Watch, said “this is not an obscure rule, everyone in public diplomacy or public affairs knows they can’t make lists and monitor U.S. citizens unless there is a major national security reason.”
Yovanovitch claimed her firing by Trump was unjust, statingshe was not partisan and doing her job.
However, “if the illicit operation occurred, it seems to indicate a clear political bias against the president and his supporters,” said the watchdog group.