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    Hannity, Ingraham among 13 monitored by Kiev embassy for Twitter posts about Ukraine

    State Department records made public Tuesday show that the U.S. Embassy in Kiev monitored the Twitter accounts of 13 people, including Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, in the spring of 2019 for posts about Ukraine and related topics in what "smacks of an enemies list," Fox News contributor John Solomon told "Hannity."

    H/T: Fox News

    The documents, which were obtained by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, showed that State Department officials monitored the accounts for use of specific terms, including "[Ambassador Marie] Yovanovitch," "Ukraine Ambassador," "Ukrainian Ambassador," "Ukraine Soros," "Clinton campaign," and "Biden-Burisma."

    "When you look at this ... this was an enemies list," Solomon said. "This was a group of journalists that had raised questions about Russia and then about the conduct of things like Joe Biden, and the embassy was monitoring us, not for national security reasons, but for reasons about the reputations of people in the past administration, the Obama-Biden-[Hillary] Clinton administration."

    From the Judicial Watch press release:

    The documents list the targeted persons as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Rudy Giuliani, Dan Bongino, Sebastian Gorka, John Solomon, Jack Posobiec, Ryan Saavedra, Sara A Carter, Donald Trump Jr., Michael McFaul, Lou Dobbs and Pamela Gellar. The search terms that were flagged to be monitored by State Department officials on social media included Yovanovitch, Ukraine Ambassador, Ukrainian Ambassador, Ukraine Soros, Clinton campaign, and Biden-Burisma.

    The emails show that Yovanovitch was aware of the social media monitoring program.

    Additionally, a State Department contractor warned his colleagues that their monitoring of private citizens was potentially in violation of the Privacy Act of 1974.

    “These new documents confirm Deep State officials at the Ukraine Embassy seemed to set up an enemies list to help illicitly monitor and report on the social media postings of President Trump’s family and lawyer, as well as journalists,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The State Department hid these smoking gun documents for months.”

    Read the documents obtained by Judicial Watch below.

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