NO FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE: Yovanovitch testimony was swing and miss

"There are a number of events you are investigating to which I can’t bring any first-hand knowledge."

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November 15, 2019 - 3:07 pm

WASHINGTON (KFTK/AP) - Testimony by former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch ended after about five hours of her admitting she had no first-hand knowledge of a quid pro quo phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"I'd like to briefly address some of the factual issues I expect you may want to ask me about, starting with my timeline ... There are a number of events you are investigating to which I can’t bring any first-hand knowledge," said Yovanovitch.

"There are other events that occurred after I returned, these include President Trump's call with President Zelensky, the discussions surrounding that phone call, and any discussions surrounding the delay of security assistance to Ukraine."

 

Two Republican lawmakers at Friday’s impeachment hearing with former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch say they think her testimony is irrelevant.

Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania said Yovanovitch is “a very nice lady” but he believes Democrats are using her. Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina says the public is just learning about her feelings.

Yovanovitch described her ouster in May at Trump’s direction and a campaign against her by Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. The impeachment investigation is looking at Trump and Giuliani’s efforts to push Ukraine to investigate Democrats. She was ousted before a July call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for the investigations.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Yovanovitch’s ouster “helped set the stage for an irregular channel” of conducting Ukraine policy that was used to push for the investigations.

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