Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was one of the star witnesses in House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) public impeachment hearings, and her testimony was held up by Democrats as significant evidence in support of the need to impeach President Donald Trump.
However, based on an exclusive report from Chanel Rion at One America News Network (OAN), it appears that Yovanovitch may have perjured herself during that sworn testimony — which places everything else she stated under oath under suspicion.
Digging for the truth
OAN’s Rion accompanied the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, on a recent trip to Ukraine and other eastern European nations to document his efforts to uncover evidence to disprove the Democrats’ allegations against Trump.
There, she spoke with former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, who took over the office after his predecessor, Viktor Shokin, was fired at the now-infamous urging of then-Vice President Joe Biden, who had threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine if Shokin wasn’t removed.
Biden is on video bragging about how he got Shokin fired, but what he didn’t say (and what most of the mainstream media has ignored) is that Shokin had been investigating a known corrupt energy firm named Burisma Holdings, a company that employed Biden’s son, Hunter, in a lucrative board position.
For his part, Lutsenko described to Rion a meeting he had with Yovanovitch and State Department official George Kent, another “star” impeachment witness, recalling that Yovanovitch had also specifically asked him to fire certain deputies and close certain investigations, which he refused to do.
He also said he had written the names of the “untouchable” officials she wanted to be ousted from their jobs down on paper and then tore that paper up as a display of how he wouldn’t take orders from a foreign ambassador. This reportedly made Yovanovitch quite angry and brought the meeting to an abrupt conclusion.
Yovanovitch testified that she never gave Lutsenko any such list. But while the former prosecutor general agreed that, technically, she didn’t physically hand him a list, she nevertheless had given him the names to make one.
Lying under oath?
Lutsenko also spoke of another moment in Yovanovitch’s testimony that could constitute perjury; the ambassador was asked about a case Lutsenko had been pursuing into $7 billion that were suspected to have been laundered through Franklin Templeton Investments. Yovanovitch testified that Lutsenko had asked for a meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr about this matter without having gone through the proper legal procedures, which would include official documents outlining what was to be discussed.
However, Lutsenko showed Rion a copy of a document that officially requested U.S. cooperation in the investigation, Rion reported.
If what Lutsenko said is true and the document he provided is indeed official, then that means Yovanovitch lied under oath during her testimony before the House Intel Committee — and if that is the case, then not only should her entire testimony be thrown out as discredited and untrustworthy, but she should also face prosecution of her own for lying to Congress and the American people.
Take a look at OAN’s full report: