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State Department emails obtained by the conservative group Citizens United this week indicate that the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was involved in discussions about the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings and even in a meeting with a company representative, despite testifying to Congress during the impeachment inquiry that she knew little about the firm.
“Burisma wasn’t a big issue in the fall … of 2016, when I arrived,” she said, noting that the investigation and details surrounding its closure “happened before I arrived.”
“It was not a focus of what I was doing in that six-month period,” she said.
But through a Citizens United Freedom of Information Act request for emails related to Burisma sent by former deputy assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eastern Europe George Kent, the organization obtained more than 160 pages of emails and memos sent during the fall of 2016, including communications between Yovanovitch and U.S. Embassy officials about Burisma Holdings and documents indicating that she met with a representative of the firm at the embassy in December 2016.
originally posted by: Stupidsecrets
They are never going to admit anything. Another I don't recall. You can show them videos of them eating live kittens and they still won't recall...meh. Biden was in the Ukraine days before Trump was sworn in. What is he even doing over there with hours left as VP.
originally posted by: UKTruth
The question now becomes whether the DoJ will seek to indict for perjury.
If there is any fairness left in the US legal system then she most certainly will be, at the very least, investigated.
The former US ambassador to Ukraine used her personal email account to message a Democratic staffer over a 'delicate issue' a month before the whistleblower complaint was made public, according to Fox News.
Marie Yovanovitch testified under oath she had not replied to Democratic congressional staffer Laura Carey.
Three-time ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who was abruptly recalled from Kiev in May, gave a closed-door deposition on October 11 to three congressional committees investigating whether there were grounds to impeach Trump.
She is a key witness in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry which began on September 24 after a whistleblower's allegations that Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate unsubstantiated corruption charges against Democratic political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Carey's emails and Yovanovitch's reported replies will raise questions of who knew about the whistleblower complaint before it was made public and which Democrats were warned of its contents. It will also lead to question on whether Yovanovitch committed perjury.
Yovanovitch is said to have replied to Carey regarding the 'time-sensitive' issue two days after the whistleblower filed their complaint over Trump's infamous call with the Ukrainian president.
That despite telling Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin: 'I alerted the State Department, because I'm still an employee, and so, matters are generally handled through the State Department.'
Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, center, flanked by lawyers, aides and police, leaves the US Capitol on October 11. She reportedly used her personal email account to message a Democratic staffer over a 'delicate issue' days after whistleblower complaint +3
Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, center, flanked by lawyers, aides and police, leaves the US Capitol on October 11. She reportedly used her personal email account to message a Democratic staffer over a 'delicate issue' days after whistleblower complaint
Yovanovitch told Lee Zeldin, pictured, that she 'alerted the State Department, because I'm still an employee, and so, matters are generally handled through the State Department' +3
Yovanovitch told Lee Zeldin, pictured, that she 'alerted the State Department, because I'm still an employee, and so, matters are generally handled through the State Department'
Yovanovitch added: 'So, she emailed me. I alerted the State Department and, you know, asked them to handle the correspondence. And, she emailed me again and said, you know, who should I be in touch with?
'I didn't respond to that email, because I had already transferred everything to the State Department and I figured they would be in touch, and they were.'
But Fox News reports she did reply, writing she 'would love to reconnect and look forward to chatting with you'.