Rep. Lee Zeldin suggests ex-Ukraine ambassador ‘did not accurately answer’ question under oath

Emails obtained by Fox News appear to contradict statements made by former Obama-appointed U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during closed-door testimony to Congress as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), the congressman who questioned Yovanovitch, is demanding further answers.

Uh oh …

The exclusive news was first reported by Fox News host Tucker Carlson during a segment on his program Thursday night, and revolved around an August 14 email sent to Yovanovitch by a Democrat staffer around the same time that the so-called “whistleblower” filed a complaint about President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Rep. Zeldin directly questioned Yovanovitch about the email exchange in question and whether she had personally responded. The ambassador testified under oath that the email was responded to by others at the State Department. That doesn’t appear to have been the whole story, however, as Fox obtained a personal email that Yovanovitch herself sent in response to the staffer.

The staffer, identified by Fox as Laura Carey from the House Foreign Affairs Committee — which is taking part in the impeachment inquiry — emailed Yovanovitch requesting a meeting to discuss a matter that was “quite delicate” and “time-sensitive.” Though Yovanovitch neglected to mention responding to the email during her sworn testimony, she actually messaged back to Carey that she “would love to reconnect and look forward to chatting with you.”

Emails contradict sworn testimony

On Thursday, Zeldin posted screenshots to Twitter of the recently released transcript of Yovanovitch’s testimony on Oct. 11 before the joint committees — which included Foreign Affairs. He noted that it appeared the ambassador “did not accurately answer this question I asked her.”

In a statement to Fox News, Zeldin said he found it “greatly concerning” that Yovanovitch appeared to have delivered inaccurate testimony during the deposition.

“I would highly suspect that this Democratic staffer’s work was connected in some way to the whistleblower’s effort, which has evolved into this impeachment charade,” Zeldin said. “We do know that the whistleblower was in contact with [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff’s team before the whistleblower had even hired an attorney or filed a whistleblower complaint even though Schiff had lied to the public originally claiming that there was no contact.

He continued: “Additionally, while the contents of the email from this staffer to Ambassador Yovanovitch clearly state what the conversation would be regarding, Yovanovitch, when I asked her specifically what the staffer was looking to speak about, did not provide these details.”

“I specifically asked her whether the Democratic staffer was responded to by Yovanovitch or the State Department. It is greatly concerning that Ambassador Yovanovitch didn’t answer my question as honestly as she should have, especially while under oath,” the congressman added.

As was noted by Carlson and Fox, a spokesperson for the committee downplayed the discrepancy as no big deal in a statement. It is also worth pointing out that neither Carey nor the State Department responded to requests for comment on the matter.

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