In a fiery Fox News diatribe Thursday night, a furious Sean Hannity warned the Democrats’ next impeachment witness, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, about the ramifications that await her if she slanders him further during her public testimony before Congress on Friday.
“[S]he’s the one that suggested that yours truly somehow played a role in her dismissal,” he explained. “I will remind her that is a lie and a complete fabrication.”
He added that until her recent closed-door hearing before Congress, he “didn’t really know anything about this woman, never talked to anybody in Ukraine ever.”
“Nobody at the State Department ever called me, ever — Pompeo, nobody — about this or anything else. That was a slanderous, libelous lie to say I ever was conducting a smear campaign against her,” he said, repeating statements he made last week when a transcript of Yovanovitch’s closed-door testimony was publicly released.
Listen to his most recent remarks below:
(Source: Fox News)
Her claims were specifically that Hannity had orchestrated a smear campaign against her so vile that State Department officials, including possibly even Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, were forced to intervene by reaching out to him and demanding he stop.
But according to the FNC host, he’d barely ever even spoken about her.
“We had one report on her, and her name was mentioned in passing,” he said. “We could only find about four times. That’s it. I know a lot more about her now.”
Hannity then turned his attention to Yovanovitch’s upcoming Friday testimony.
“I’ll say it again: people better stop lying about me, because I’m not going to take it!” he exclaimed. “And I do promise you I will hire the absolute best lawyers in the country and I’ll spend the money –whatever it takes. Stop spreading bogus rumors and smears about me. Just tell the truth. For the love of God and country, stop the hearsay, stop the conjecture!”
Was Yovanovitch actually lying, though? The evidence suggests she may have been.
Flashback to Oct. 11, when she testified before Congress.
“Hannity’s name came up in Yovanovitch’s Oct. 11 deposition when House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff asked about whether she found out whether Pompeo would defend her from ‘attacks’ against her by Donald Trump Jr. and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani before she was removed from her position in May,” the Washington Examiner notes.
She responded to the question by weaving what Hannity now claims is a “complete fabrication.”
“What I was told by [State Department official] Phil Reeker was that the secretary or perhaps somebody around him was going to place a call to Mr. Hannity on Fox News to say, you know, what is going on? I mean, do you have proof of these kinds of allegations or not? And if you have proof, you know, tell me, and if not, stop,” she said.
“And I understand that that call was made. I don’t know whether it was the secretary or somebody else in his inner circle. And for a time, you know, things kind of simmered down.”
Her full deposition may be read below:
She also reportedly mentioned John Solomon, an award-winning investigative journalist and veteran who’s been smeared by the media for digging into the origins of the Russia collusion delusion probe.
The key problem with her statements is that she’s already been proven to be a liar.
Case in point: In the deposition above, she claimed that when a Democrat staffer contacted her via email only days after the partisan whistleblower filed a dubious complaint against President Donald Trump, she never responded.
“Asked directly whether she responded to [the] overtures, Yovanovitch testified only that someone in the ‘Legislative Affairs Office’ at the State Department had responded to [the staffer], to the best of her knowledge,” Fox News reported last week.
“Yovanovitch did not indicate that she had responded to [the] first email in any way, and testified explicitly that she did not reply to [the staffer’s] follow-up email concerning whom she should contact at the State Department.”
But evidence obtained by FNC proved that she did reply to the first email.
Note also that Yovanovitch was purposefully booted from the administration in May, a few months before the whistleblower complaint was filed, because of allegations that “she was undermining him abroad and obstructing efforts to persuade” the Ukrainian government into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden’s alleged corruption.
“In an interview, Mr. Giuliani [said] that in the lead-up to Ms. Yovanovitch’s removal, he reminded the president of complaints percolating among Trump supporters that she had displayed an anti-Trump bias in private conversations,” The Wall Street Journal reported last month. “In Mr. Giuliani’s view, she also had been an obstacle to efforts to push Ukraine to investigate Mr. Biden and his son Hunter.”
Administration officials had reportedly been aware of her anti-Trump bias for quite some time, according to reports:
Laura Ingraham: “In May 2018, former Congressman Pete Sessions sent Secretary of State Pompeo an urgent letter imploring him to remove the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. … She’s reportedly demonstrated clear anti-Trump bias.” pic.twitter.com/iHoujSHB1h
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 23, 2019
The ONLY “smear campaign” that occurred was the smear campaign Marie Yovanovitch, and the other anti-Trumpers in Ukraine, waged against President Trump and his administration. Disgraceful.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) November 15, 2019
Marie Yovanovitch was born in Canada, is an Obama doctrine ideologue, and studied in 1980 Cold War Moscow at the Pushkin Institute.
Nope, she has no bias at all
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) November 15, 2019
Yovanovitch, an Obama holdover, was telling Ukrainian officials “don’t listen to Trump, he will soon be impeached!” Word of this reached the President and she was fired. She’s a disgruntled never Trumper with an ax to grind!
She also hated Pres Zelensky, new Pres of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/JWLcpFAfPh
— St Martin (@67sanmartin) November 15, 2019
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