The turning point in the whole impeachment debacle came on Friday, nov, 14, when Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) questioned former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. It remains unclear why she was called to testify. Another hearsay witness with nothing whatsoever to add. The inquiry is beginning to sound like groundhog day. That is, except for one crucial thing, she admitted the president had done nothing wrong. Another star witness down the drain.
Under questioning, Yovanovitch admitted she had no information that President Trump was involved in any corruption or bribery activity.
Here is some of her testimony:
Rep. Chris Stewart: “I would now feel compelled to ask you, Madam Ambassador, as you sit here before us, very simply and directly, do you have any information regarding the President of the United States accepting any bribes?”
Ms. Marie Yovanovitch: “No.”
Rep. Stewart: “Do you have any information regarding any criminal activity that the president of the United States has been involved with at all?”
Ms. Yovanovitch: “No.”
“The American people know this is nonsense,” Stewart said. “The American people know this is unfair.”
White House reaction was swift to the exchange, “In 30 seconds,” a White House message on Twitter read, “@RepChrisStewart got the answers that House Democrats have spent 7 hours trying to avoid.
In 30 seconds, @RepChrisStewart got the answers that House Democrats have spent 7 hours trying to avoid.
7 hours that Congress could’ve spent working for you—on drug price legislation, USMCA, immigration reform, or infrastructure—instead of for their own political careers. https://t.co/dRhvjp7NWq pic.twitter.com/PkuyG8m4H0
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 15, 2019
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham later issued a statement, “Zero evidence of wrongdoing by the president was presented,” and added, “In fact, Ambassador Yovanovitch testified under oath that she was unaware of any criminal activity involving President Trump.”
Grisham also said, “It is difficult to image a greater waste of time than today’s hearing, and yet, unfortunately, we expect more of the same partisan political theater next week from House Democrats.”
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), reacted to the exchange on Twitter, saying that Democrats had “no case.”
“The Democrats second-day impeachment witness, Ambassador Yovanovitch, has no information on any of the relevant questions,” Meadows tweeted. “They have no case. This is not serious.”
The Democrats second day impeachment witness, Ambassador Yovanovitch, has no information on any of the relevant questions.
They have no case. This is not serious. pic.twitter.com/dHTtLAnoI5
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) November 15, 2019
“I think that public support for impeachment is actually going to be less when these hearings are over than it is when the hearings began, because finally the American people are going to be able to see the evidence and they’re going to be able to make their own determination regarding that,” Stewart said, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.
Rep. Jim Jordan, (R-Ohio), who was recently installed in the House Intelligence Committee, called the whole inquiry, “a sham.”
“These are their first two star witnesses in this impeachment sham process they’ve got going, and neither one had talked to the president,” he said. “Neither one had talked to Mayor [Rudy] Giuliani and chief of staff [Mick] Mulvaney. And guess what, their witness tomorrow [Friday] — she’s [Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine] never met with the president, she’s never talked with Mayor Giuliani. She’s never talked with chief of staff Mulvaney. So, this is how they start out.
“Again, the American people can see the facts are on the president’s side,” Jordan added. “They can see that this process has been unfair from the get-go.”