Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday evening warned disgraced former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch about slandering him during her public testimony before Congress on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.
Hannity cautioned the Democrats’ next impeachment witness and described her as an “Obama holdover” in a televised Fox news video.
“She is the one that suggested that ‘yours truly’ somehow played a role in her dismissal. I will remind her that is a lie and a complete fabrication,” said Hannity.
“To be very honest, until recently in that hearing, when that happened I didn’t really know anything about this woman, never talked to anybody in Ukraine ever,” declared Hannity.
“Nobody at the State Department ever called me, ever—Pompeo, nobody—about this or anything else,” continued Hannity.
“That was a slanderous, libelous lie to say I ever was conducting a smear campaign against her,” said Hannity who stated, “We actually went back to the archives” to check “Who is this lady?”
“We had one report on her, and her name was mentioned in passing,” said Hannity. “We could only find about four times. That’s it. I know a lot more about her now,” continued Hannity.
Yovanovitch claimed that Hannity coordinated a smear campaign against her, that it was dreadful that State Department officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, had to intercede and demand Hannity stop the smear campaign.
“I’ll say it again,” warned Hannity, “People better stop lying about me, because I’m not going to take it!”
“And I do promise you I will hire the absolute best lawyers in the country and I’ll spend the money—whatever it takes,” interjected the Fox News “Hannity” show host.
“Stop spreading bogus rumors and smears about me. Just tell the truth. For the love of God and country, stop the hearsay, stop the conjecture!” Hannity told Yovanovitch.
So, was Yovanovitch lying? So far, the evidence seems to suggest she may have been.
She had earlier claimed that when a Democrat staff sent her an email after the whistleblower filed an ambiguous complaint against President Donald J. Trump, Yovanovitch said she “didn’t respond to that email.”
The truth is that on Aug. 15, Yovanovitch responded to the email, according to a Fox news report. Yovanovitch wrote: “Thanks for reaching out—and congratulations on your new job. I would love to reconnect and look forward to chatting with you. I have let EUR [Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs] know that you are interested in talking and they will be in touch with you shortly.”
Yovanovitch allegedly made false statements under oath while testifying behind closed doors in the Democrat’s secret impeachment inquisition.
Rep. Lee Zeldin, (R-N.Y.) spoke with Fox News, describing the situation as “greatly concerning.”
“I specifically asked her whether the Democratic staffer was responded to by Yovanovitch or the State Department,” Zeldin stated.
“It is greatly concerning that Ambassador Yovanovitch didn’t answer my question as honestly as she should have, especially while under oath,” said Zeldin.
Zeldin tweeted that Yovanovitch failed to accurately answer his question under oath:
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) November 8, 2019
It must be stated that the Trump administration officials had reportedly been aware of Yovanovitch’s anti-Trump bias, according to various reports:
@RealSaavedra Reporter at @realDailyWire
Laura Ingraham: “In May 2018, former Congressman Pete Sessions sent Secretary of State Pompeo an urgent letter imploring him to remove the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. … She’s reportedly demonstrated clear anti-Trump bias.”
Laura Ingraham: “In May 2018, former Congressman Pete Sessions sent Secretary of State Pompeo an urgent letter imploring him to remove the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. … She’s reportedly demonstrated clear anti-Trump bias.” pic.twitter.com/iHoujSHB1h
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 23, 2019