Yovanovitch accused of being untruthful in parts of testimony

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Screen capture … Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch …

On Friday, during her televised impeachment inquiry testimony in the House, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch denied that she exerted pressure on former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko to not probe certain anti-corruption cases involving parties on a target list she had. She stated that Lutsenko “acknowledged that the list never existed.”

However, according to reports by the New York Times and investigative journalist John Solomon, Lutsenko has in fact insisted that is false and that claims that he retracted the allegation about her list were wrong and based on a bad translation.

Watch a report here by Lou Dobbs of Fox Business on the inconsistency:

Video by Fox Business

In another stunning, blatant contradiction, Yovanovitch said in her opening statement that the Obama administration did not ever raise the issue of Hunter Biden or Burisma with her, but then later under questioning admitted that she was indeed warned and prepared by the Obama State Department to answer questions on that very topic.

Reading from her opening statement, the former ambassador said that she had met with former Vice President Joe Biden several times over a period of “many years.” She said, “Neither he nor the previous administration ever raised the issue of either Burisma or Hunter Biden with me.”

Not long afterward, GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik sharply undercut that claim and Yovanovitch had to then backtrack.

“The first time you personally became aware of Burisma was actually when you actually were being prepared by the Obama State Department for your Senate confirmation hearings,” Stefanik said, “and this was in the form of practice questions and answers. This was your deposition. And you testified that in this particular practice Q & A with the Obama State Department, it wasn’t just generally about Burisma and corruption, it was specifically about Hunter Biden and Burisma. Is that correct?

“Yes,” Yovanovitch conceded.

“And the exact quote from your testimony, ambassador, is, quote, ‘The way the question was phrased in this model Q & A was, ‘What can you tell us about Hunter Biden’s being named to the board of Burisma?'”

“So for the millions of Americans watching,” Stefanik continued, “President Obama’s own State Department was so concerned about potential conflicts of interest from Hunter Biden’s role at Burisma, that they raised it themselves while prepping this wonderful ambassador nominee before her confirmation.”

Swooping in for a devastating kill shot on the Democrats’ double dealing approach to Ukraine, Stefanik added: “And yet, our Democratic colleagues and the chairman of this committee cry foul when we dare ask that same question that the Obama State Department was so concerned about.”

In another notable eye-opening admission by Yovanovitch before lawmakers on Friday, she bluntly admitted that she had no knowledge of any criminal activity that President Trump has been involved with.

By any reasonable understanding, Yovanovitch’s appearance before the House Intelligence Committee was an utter failure for the Dems who somehow thought she would help them make an impeachment case against President Trump … a case that has no legs to stand on, and that is increasingly looking to instead be a boon to the 2020 reelection of the president.


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