Looking over the tapes from the early days of the Donald Trump impeachment hearings has brought a doozy of a problem for Democrats and a key witness they used to build the impeachment case.
According to a report from Townhall, it appears that former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch lied under oath about her contacts with the Obama administration — in particular, Joe and Hunter Biden.
During the public impeachment hearings in the House Intelligence Committee in November, every witness was given the opportunity to give an opening statement.
During Yovanovitch’s opening, she stated: “Although I have met former Vice President Joe Biden several times over the course of our many years in government service, neither he nor the previous administration ever raised the issue of either Burisma or Hunter Biden with me.”
But as the witnesses were being questioned by members of Congress, Yovanovitch offered a different version of that story.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), questioned Yovanovitch: “The first time you personally became aware of Burisma was actually when you were being prepared by the Obama State Department for your Senate confirmation hearings, and this was in the form of practice questions and answers.”
Stefanik went on: “This was your deposition. And you testified 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?”
The former ambassador confirmed: “Yes. It is.” So Yovanovitch either lied during her opening testimony or she lied in giving that answer. Regardless, this testimony leaves a gaping hole in the impeachment case.
The Deep State
Assuming Yovanovitch lied during her opening testimony, it makes it quite clear she was trying to mislead everyone listening as to just how much the administration was aware of the Biden problem.
Remember, Joe Biden has maintained that although he knew Hunter was placed on the board of Burisma, he didn’t “know what he [Hunter] was doing,” according to the Daily Caller.
The current excuse is that the vice president was too tied up in his son Beau’s health problems to worry about Hunter’s business dealings. If, however, Yovanovitch was being briefed on Hunter Biden, the administration, including Joe Biden, clearly knew about the problem.
First and foremost, Yovanovitch needs to be held accountable for lying. Secondly, there must be an investigation as to just what the administration was doing to cover all this up and the motivation behind these measures.