The answers from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch to some questions from Republican congressmen indicate that “Adam Schiff’s witness didn’t witness much of anything.”
In a video ad released on the weekend, President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign cited some answers from Yovanovitch during her testimony on Friday, Nov. 15. It mocks Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and his witness over the public hearing in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
During the hearing, Yovanovitch admitted that there are a number of events in the impeachment investigation she could not bring any firsthand knowledge.
The former diplomat said “No” to four questions raised by Republican Reps. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Chris Stewart (R-Utah) who asked if Yovanovitch had been involved in the phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelenskiy on July 25 or if she had information about criminal activity of the president.
Below are the questions and answers from the hearing.
Rep. Devin Nunes: Were you involved in the July 25th Trump-Zelensky phone call or preparations for the call?
Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch: No, I was not. At the time of this phone, I have already departed Ukraine two months prior. Well, just to remind, I would have already have left Ukraine by that point.
Rep. Nunes: Were you involved in the proposed Trump-Zelenskiy later Pence-Zelenskiy meetings in Warsaw, Poland, on September 1?
Ambassador Yovanovitch: No, I was not. I was not a part of those discussions again, I mean. I can’t speak for what President Trump thought or what others thought.
Rep. Nunes: Did you ever talk to President Trump in 2019?
Ambassador Yovanovitch: No, I have not.
Rep. Chris Stewart: Do you have any information regarding any criminal activity that the president of the United States has been involved with at all?
Ambassador Yovanovitch: No.
Yovanovitch is the third witness to testify publicly in the impeachment inquiry following Schiff’s two star witnesses, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent and acting Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor, who showed they relied on hearsay for their testimony.
Yovanovitch was the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine until May, when she was removed by President Trump. In a closed-door deposition earlier, she said that she was “upset” and “shocked” about her removal.
However, her answers at the open hearing suggest the former ambassador had not worked hard for the president and American people over the past three years.