Former Ukrainian Ambassador Admits She Has No First Hand Knowledge Of Anything Regarding Trump Investigation
Former Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s firing has been used by democrats as an example of Trump attempting to hide his misdeeds in Ukraine. Now, thanks to public hearings, we are finding out the former ambassador had no knowledge of seemingly anything regarding impeachment.
“There are a number of evens you are investigating to which I cannot bring any firsthand knowledge,” Yovanovitch said in her opening statement. “The events that predated my Ukraine service include the release of the so-called ‘black ledger’, and Mr. Manafort’s subsequent resignation from President Trump’s campaign, and the departure of office of former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.”
She goes on to say that “several other events happened after I returned from Ukraine.” Basically, more things she has no idea about outside of what other people have told her.
“These include President Trump’s July 25th, 2019 call with President Zelensky, the discussions surrounding that phone call, and any discussions surrounding the delay of security assistance to Ukraine in the summer of 2019.”
Amb. Yovanovitch admits she has no first hand knowledge of Trump/Zelensky phone call & no first hand knowledge about the Trump admin withholding aid.
So why is she here then?pic.twitter.com/jrdv5i8INl
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) November 15, 2019
Since Yovanovitch can’t speak to… anything, democrats have to make the focus of today’s hearing about Trump using twitter…
Adam Schiff asked Yovanovitch if she felt intimidated by the president using social so discredit her testimony, to which she responded “I can’t speak to what the president is trying to do, but I think the effect is to be intimidating.”
"It's very intimidating." pic.twitter.com/YCPwO21dtS
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 15, 2019
“I want to let you know, ambassador, that some of us here take witness intimidation very, very seriously,” Schiff responded.
The hearing has very little, if anything, to do with the president’s phone call to Ukraine. Democrats seem to be focused on the fact that an employee who serves at the pleasure of the president was removed from her post…
Here’s what the fine folks at Fox News had to say about Yovanovitch’s hearing:
Forced out of her job in April, Yovanovitch likely can’t offer much of substance on her own about the central allegations against the president. Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry contend that several months later in the year, Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate the Bidens, and withheld U.S. military aid as leverage.
The timeline will render Yovanovitch vulnerable to the same criticisms that Republicans had for William Taylor and George Kent, the two diplomats who testified during Day One of the impeachment proceedings: That all she can offer is unverifiable hearsay and speculation.
Additionally, Republican lawmakers have argued that Yovanovitch wasn’t entirely truthful in her previous remarks under oath. She communicated via her personal email account with a Democratic congressional staffer concerning a “quite delicate” and “time-sensitive” matter — just two days after the whistleblower complaint that kickstarted the impeachment inquiry was filed, and a month before the complaint became public, emails exclusively obtained by Fox News showed.
The emails appear to contradict Yovanovitch’s deposition on Capitol Hill last month, in which she told U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., about an email she received Aug. 14 from the staffer, Laura Carey — but indicated under oath that she never responded to it.
“I specifically asked her whether the Democratic staffer was responded to by Yovanovitch or the State Department,” Zeldin told Fox News. “It is greatly concerning that Ambassador Yovanovitch didn’t answer my question as honestly as she should have, especially while under oath.”
Of course, Democrats have no intention of getting to the truth of the matter: was Trump rooting out corruption, or was he trying to get dirt on a guy who, chances are, won’t even win his own party’s primary.
Instead, their focus is entirely on this idea that Trump started a smear campaign against the former ambassador because… Well, I’m not sure what their reasoning is for it, and I’m fairly certain they haven’t thought that far ahead.
Really, Democrats probably assumed they’d be able to get away with this entire process behind closed doors. Now that Americans can see the entire thing, without Adam Schiff picking and choosing what gets leaked, we get to see firsthand (actual firsthand, not from some guy who heard from a guy who heard on the phone) just how stupid this entire thing is.