Obama's Ukraine Ambassador Accused of Lying Under Oath in Impeachment Inquiry
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) accuses Marie Yovanovitch of committing perjury during testimony
Former President Barack Obama's ambassador to Ukraine, who was fired by President Donald Trump earlier this year, has been accused of lying under oath during her testimony on Capitol Hill for the impeachment inquiry.
Marie Yovanovitch allegedly made false statements while under oath during her October 11 closed-door testimony in the House Democrats’ inquiry into impeaching President Trump.
Yovanovitch is accused of committing perjury by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who has provided copies of her testimony transcript to indicate where she was allegedly lying.
The allegations first emerged in an exclusive report by Fox News's Tucker Carlson on Thursday night, later being confirmed by Zeldin.
“Before the contents of the whistleblower complaint were known publicly, a Democratic congressional staffer contacts the former American ambassador to Ukraine to discuss what the staffer described as ‘quite delicate and time-sensitive questions,'” Carlson reported.
“This show has obtained exclusively an email for that Democratic staffer for the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent by private email to the former American ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.”
“Yovanovitch, you know, is a key player in the Democrats’ impeachment probe and was recalled from her post in Ukraine by President Trump in May 2019 following allegations of serious partisanship and political bias,” Carlson continued.
The email Carlson obtained states:
I’m writing to see if you would have time to meet up for a chat — in particular, I’m hoping to discuss some Ukraine-related oversight questions we are exploring.
I’d appreciate the change to ground-truth a few pieces of information with you, some of which are quite delicate/time-sensitive and, thus, we want to make sure we get them right.
“That email was sent on August 14, that was two days after the whistleblower complaint was filed and a month before that complaint became public,” Carlson revealed.
“The whistleblower, however, went to Adam Schiff’s team before filing the complaint,” Carlson continued.
“The question is, did Schiff’s office tell other Democrats on Capitol Hill what was in the complaint?
“In other words, how long did this effort play out in secret before the rest of the country learned of it?”
Carlson noted that Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) asked Marie Yovanovitch about the email during her testimony and she allegedly stated that she never responded to the email.
“In fact, it turns out that she did respond,” Carlson revealed.
“She said she ‘looked forward to chatting with [the Democratic staffer].
“As Congressmen Zeldin pointed out, the ambassador’s original answer, which was dishonest, was given under oath,” Carlson concluded.
Rep. Zeldin confirmed the report by Carlson, writing on Twitter:
“It appears Ambassador Yovanovitch did not accurately answer this question I asked her during her ‘impeachment inquiry’ deposition under oath.”
Accoriding to Fox News’ Gregg Re, Yovanovitch replied to the staffer, saying she “would love to reconnect and look forward to chatting with you.”
The staffer was identified by Fox News as Laura Carey.
“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 in a statement to Fox News on Thursday night.
“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," Zeldin 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,” Zeldin concluded.
“It is greatly concerning that Ambassador Yovanovitch didn’t answer my question as honestly as she should have, especially while under oath.”