The former ambassador to Ukraine during the Obama Administration, Marie Yovanovitch, allegedly lied under oath during her testimony with House impeachment investigators during the Inquiry last month.
Tucker Carlson, the popular Fox News host, broke the news Thursday night when his TV show received an email from a Democratic congressional staffer that had been sent privately to Yovanovitch. The email was received before the whistleblower complaint was made public and it approached the former ambassador asking for a meeting to discuss “delicate and time-sensitive questions.”
“This show has obtained exclusively an email from that Democratic staffer for the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent by private email to the former American Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch,” Carlson said on live TV. “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.”
This is the email obtained by Carlson’s show that was addressed to Yovanovitch:
“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.”
The email was sent on August 14, per Carlson, “two days after the whistleblower complaint was filed and a month before that complaint became public.” The whistleblower, however, went to Adam Schiff’s team before filing the complaint,” he continued.
One problem is that it appears that Schiff’s office most likely told other Democrats in Congress what was in the complaint before it was made public.
“In other words, how long did this effort play out in secret before the rest of the country learned of it?” Carlson asked.
The lie came in to play when Yovanovitch was asked by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) about the email during her testimony with House officials, to which she reportedly answered that she never responded to the email.
“In fact, it turns out that she did respond,” Carlson said. “She said she ‘looked forward to chatting with [the Democratic staffer].”
Rep. Zeldin is, in fact, the one that called out Yovanovitch via his social media account and posted transcripts from her testimony in response to the news, confirming that Yovanovitch’s statement was indeed under oath.
“It appears Ambassador Yovanovitch did not accurately answer this question I asked her during her ‘impeachment inquiry’ deposition under oath,” he said.
Foreseeing there was no loyalty from Yovanovitch. President Trump removed her from her post before her term ended. She believes the removal was the result of a “concerted campaign” by Trump and Ukrainian officials, so the lie seems to be part of her revenge tactics.
Yovanovitch, who is a key player in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, is still scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on November 15, even though it appears she has already committed perjury.