State Department officials were explicitly ordered in spring 2019 to stop tracking 13 prominent Americans' social media accounts for information about the Joe Biden-Ukraine scandal because the monitoring violated federal law, according to emails that were originally redacted to hide the concerns from the American public.
H/T: Just The News
"We are barred by law from actively monitoring the accounts of American citizens in aggregate — and particularly from identifying and monitoring individual, selected accounts," a State Department official wrote in an April 1, 2019 email to officials in Washington and the U.S. embassy in Kiev.
Tom Fitton, the Judicial Watch president, accused the State Department of editing the documents to hide the truth from the American people.
"It looks like this material was blacked out not for legal reason but for political reasons: namely to help Joe Biden," Fitton said. "Judicial Watch first exposed this illicit spy operation against Trump world, and the coverup of this material by the State Department for over a year is inexcusable. Our lawyers will review this new material and consider the legal ramifications."
"The Ukrainian Embassy under Yovanovitch was monitoring social media accounts of Fox News hosts, the president's son, etc., about what they were saying about Burisma. We want to know why/want more information because #Biden is still being protected by the State Dept," @TomFitton. pic.twitter.com/GFJeeiBzVn— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) October 6, 2020
Judicial Watch: State Dept records confirm that the Ukraine Embassy under then-Amb Yovanovitch monitored, in potential violation of law, Donald Trump, Jr. Rudy Giuliani, & others on Twitter on Ukraine, “Biden-Burisma 2020,” Soros & more. Read: https://t.co/vGpDCX1TvJ— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) October 5, 2020
🚨 More collusion between Dems & their star witnesses revealed:— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) November 8, 2019
Yovanovitch communicated with Democrat staff BEFORE the whistleblower report was even public & then lied under oath trying to cover up the secret dealings.
Just further proof this is rigged! https://t.co/DuPS75cvsF
State Dept. officials told they broke law by monitoring Americans during Ukraine scandal. @RudyGiuliani,@jsolomonReports,@JackPosobiec,@DonaldJTrumpJr, @IngrahamAngle,@SebGorka,@dbongino,@LouDobbs, @PamelaGeller,@SaraCarterDC,@seanhannity, @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/xPJACWjSv3 https://t.co/TnXDfQCF6h— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) October 6, 2020
"Not A Big Deal"? State Dept Docs Show Amb. Yovanovitch Directly Aware Of Two Burisma Bribe Attemptshttps://t.co/HG6wybeoZJ— Howie W. (@Nildam85) October 6, 2020
Read the unredacted email that includes the illegal "enemies list" below.