Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch spoke with the House impeachment inquiry Friday; admitting she has no first-hand knowledge of President Trump’s phone calls or any foreign aid being withheld for political purposes.
“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 Trumps call with President Zelensky, the discussions surrounding that phone call, and any discussions surrounding the delay of security assistance to Ukraine,” she added.
Watch Yovanovitch’s testimony above.
AOC on IMPEACHMENT: ‘This is About Preventing a Potentially Disastrous Outcome Next Year’
Controversial Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weighed-in Wednesday on the Democrats’ public impeachment investigation; saying the proceedings are about “uniting her caucus” and “preventing a disastrous outcome” in 2020.
“We have to move quite quickly because we’re talking about the potential compromise of the 2020 elections. This is not just about something that has occurred, this is about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome from occurring next year,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez says that Democrats' push for impeaching Trump is about uniting the different factions of the Democrat Party, adding: “this is about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome from occurring next year.” pic.twitter.com/nVU93ug2ZF
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 14, 2019
The Representative’s comments come hours after GOP leadership released a key memo debunking the Democrats’ motives for impeachment.
These facts are:
- The July 25 call summary — the best evidence of the conversation — shows no conditionality or evidence of pressure;
- President Zelensky and President Trump have both said there was no pressure on the call;
- The Ukrainian government was not aware of a hold on U.S. security assistance at the time of the July 25 call; and
- President Trump met with President Zelensky and U.S. security assistance flowed to Ukraine in September 2019 — both of which occurred without Ukraine investigating President Trump’s political rivals,” states the letter.
“Democrats want to impeach President Trump because unelected and anonymous bureaucrats disagreed with the President’s decisions and were discomforted by his telephone conversation with President Zelensky,” writes the memo.
“Since it became an independent nation following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine has been plagued by systemic corruption… Corruption so pervasive that in 2011, 68% of Ukrainian citizens reported that they had bribed a public official within the preceding 12 months,” adds the statement.
Read the full Republican memo here.
BIDEN ON UKRAINE: ‘Want an Example of When a President Abuses His Power… Climate Change’
Former Vice President Joe Biden weighed-in Thursday on the Democrats’ latest push to impeach Donald Trump; bizarrely saying “climate change” is a good example of what happens when a President “abuses his power.”
“If you want to an example of what happens when a president puts his own selfish interests ahead of the national interests — when a president abuses his power — I’d say this is Exhibit A. Want another example? Climate change,” said Biden.
Joe Biden: "If you want to an example of what happens when a president puts his own selfish interests ahead of the national interests — when a president abuses his power — I'd say this is Exhibit A. Want another example? Climate change." pic.twitter.com/rFOq1jfapB
— The Hill (@thehill) October 3, 2019
Biden’s comments come hours after a group of climate activists in London accidentally doused themselves with 475 gallons of “fake blood.”
BREAKING: @ExtinctionR and @CClimateAction activists use fire engine to spray 1,800 litres of fake blood over the front of the Treasury in London#ClimateJusticeNow #EverybodyNow join #InternationalRebellion on #Oct7 https://t.co/lUjmni0XTx pic.twitter.com/0najkoyd2w
— Occupy London (@OccupyLondon) October 3, 2019
— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) October 3, 2019
Our own Phil Kingston, 83, could be facing prison for this action this morning outside the Treasury.
"The Treasury has been frustrating efforts by other government departments to take action against climate change"
Please pray for him and the others https://t.co/Oi31auJyKN
— Christian Climate Action (@CClimateAction) October 3, 2019
“Four people have since been arrested for criminal damage in relation to the incident,” reports the Evening Standard. “While eventually successful, the operation did not get off to the best start when the climate activists lost control of the hose.”
Read the full story here.