Trump called it right, firing Marie Yovanovitch -- whom we now learn was lying through her teeth

So another impeachment-show liar rolls out.

The highly vaunted Trump-hating U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, has been caught lying through her teeth, under oath, to Congress. John Solomon at JustTheNews, who conducted a Freedom of Information Act query, has the goods:

During her testimony last fall, the ambassador told lawmakers her knowledge about Burisma and its relationship with Hunter Biden was limited mostly to a briefing before she went to Kiev as the top U.S. diplomat and what she read in news reports. When pressed she said it was possible she learned other information but could not recall it.

The newly released memos state Yovanovitch had a direct meeting with a Burisma representative in December 2016, and received a detailed letter from the company's lawyer and received a staff briefing after she arrived in Ukraine.

The old 'don't recall' dodge, plus a lot of hooey about knowing nothing. Someone that politically attuned to hating Trump is virtually certain to have paid close attention to all matters regarding his political opponents. But somehow she's sweet little know-nothing, which at this point isn't believable.

It's also pretty rich, given the copious praise she drew for her 'bravery' when she was giving her testimony, wiping tears, and playing martyr for the cameras, a victim of wicked President Trump, who supposedly terrified her. 

Remember this barrage of praise?

Former senior U.S. diplomats Philip Gordon and Daniel Fried, who served as assistant secretaries of state for European and Eurasian Affairs and as National Security Council staffers under presidents of both parties, praised Yovanovitch and condemned Trump's "egregious mistreatment of one of the country's most distinguished ambassadors," writing that this had demoralized the U.S. diplomatic corps and undermined U.S. foreign policy.[53] The American Foreign Service Association and American Academy of Diplomacy, representing members of the U.S. diplomatic corps, expressed alarm at Trump's disparagement of Yovanovitch in his call with Zelensky.[54] Michael McKinley, a career foreign service officer who served as ambassador to four countries and had been chief adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, resigned in October 2019 in protest of Trump's attacks against Yovanovitch and "the State Department's unwillingness to protect career diplomats from politically motivated pressure."[55][56] Yovanovitch's ouster became one of the issues explored in the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry against Trump;[40] her recall was termed "a political hit job" by Democratic members of Congress.[43][34] Trump subsequently said she was "no angel" and falsely claimed that Yovanovitch had refused to hang his portrait.[

And this

House Democrats have since accused Trump of witness intimidation -- an accusation they said might be considered for potential articles of impeachment. During her hearing, Yovanovitch said she found Trump’s tweets "very intimidating."

Actually, she had very little terror at all, at least for a perjury charge. Unlike quite a few others in the failed impeachment scam, pompous asses such as Alexander Vindman who said one thing on television, and another in congressional testimony so as to protect themselves, Yovanovitch lied like a rug, convinced she had nothing to fear.

She ought to be brought up on perjury charges, given the raw lying, and the damage she attempted to inflict onto President Trump because of it, all the while telling everyone she was his faithful envoy.

Dave Bossie, at Citizen's United, which uncovered the lie certainly thinks so.

"She should be made to answer for what she has done here," Bossie, the deputy campaign manager for the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, said on the John Solomon Reports podcast.

Bossie pointed out that records recently obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal Yovanovitch's knowledge of issues pertaining to Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings may have been more extensive than she admitted while testifying before the House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry chaired by California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff.

"In a normal, serious world," said Bossie, "there should be a criminal referral from both the House Judiciary Committee or the House Intelligence committee as well as the Senate committees that oversee this because those are the ones that heard testimony, and there should be a criminal referral on perjury for Ambassador Yovanovitch, and she should be held accountable." 

Better people have been prosecuted for less, as the railroading of presidential aides Michael Flynn and George Papadapoulos shows. What would these exonerators be saying if a Republican had uttered such lies?

And yes, Trump called it right in firing her - anyone who lies to the boss has to be -- Michael Flynn, who wasn't entirely forthright with Vice President Mike Pence about his Russian ambassador meetings, certainly got himself fired from his National Security Agency position for as much. Yovanovitch not only lied, she lied under oath, to Congress -- to Get Trump.

If nothing else comes out about this, it's that Trump has an ultra-fine sense for knowing who's genuine and who isn't, as well as the appropriate kill instinct. Trump was right about firing FBI Director James Comey, who had been plotting against him, and he certainly was right to see through Yovanovitch and get rid of her, too. That's not paranoia. That's recognizing reality. And with reality should come consequences.

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So another impeachment-show liar rolls out.

The highly vaunted Trump-hating U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, has been caught lying through her teeth, under oath, to Congress. John Solomon at JustTheNews, who conducted a Freedom of Information Act query, has the goods:

During her testimony last fall, the ambassador told lawmakers her knowledge about Burisma and its relationship with Hunter Biden was limited mostly to a briefing before she went to Kiev as the top U.S. diplomat and what she read in news reports. When pressed she said it was possible she learned other information but could not recall it.

The newly released memos state Yovanovitch had a direct meeting with a Burisma representative in December 2016, and received a detailed letter from the company's lawyer and received a staff briefing after she arrived in Ukraine.

The old 'don't recall' dodge, plus a lot of hooey about knowing nothing. Someone that politically attuned to hating Trump is virtually certain to have paid close attention to all matters regarding his political opponents. But somehow she's sweet little know-nothing, which at this point isn't believable.

It's also pretty rich, given the copious praise she drew for her 'bravery' when she was giving her testimony, wiping tears, and playing martyr for the cameras, a victim of wicked President Trump, who supposedly terrified her. 

Remember this barrage of praise?

Former senior U.S. diplomats Philip Gordon and Daniel Fried, who served as assistant secretaries of state for European and Eurasian Affairs and as National Security Council staffers under presidents of both parties, praised Yovanovitch and condemned Trump's "egregious mistreatment of one of the country's most distinguished ambassadors," writing that this had demoralized the U.S. diplomatic corps and undermined U.S. foreign policy.[53] The American Foreign Service Association and American Academy of Diplomacy, representing members of the U.S. diplomatic corps, expressed alarm at Trump's disparagement of Yovanovitch in his call with Zelensky.[54] Michael McKinley, a career foreign service officer who served as ambassador to four countries and had been chief adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, resigned in October 2019 in protest of Trump's attacks against Yovanovitch and "the State Department's unwillingness to protect career diplomats from politically motivated pressure."[55][56] Yovanovitch's ouster became one of the issues explored in the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry against Trump;[40] her recall was termed "a political hit job" by Democratic members of Congress.[43][34] Trump subsequently said she was "no angel" and falsely claimed that Yovanovitch had refused to hang his portrait.[

And this

House Democrats have since accused Trump of witness intimidation -- an accusation they said might be considered for potential articles of impeachment. During her hearing, Yovanovitch said she found Trump’s tweets "very intimidating."

Actually, she had very little terror at all, at least for a perjury charge. Unlike quite a few others in the failed impeachment scam, pompous asses such as Alexander Vindman who said one thing on television, and another in congressional testimony so as to protect themselves, Yovanovitch lied like a rug, convinced she had nothing to fear.

She ought to be brought up on perjury charges, given the raw lying, and the damage she attempted to inflict onto President Trump because of it, all the while telling everyone she was his faithful envoy.

Dave Bossie, at Citizen's United, which uncovered the lie certainly thinks so.

"She should be made to answer for what she has done here," Bossie, the deputy campaign manager for the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, said on the John Solomon Reports podcast.

Bossie pointed out that records recently obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal Yovanovitch's knowledge of issues pertaining to Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings may have been more extensive than she admitted while testifying before the House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry chaired by California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff.

"In a normal, serious world," said Bossie, "there should be a criminal referral from both the House Judiciary Committee or the House Intelligence committee as well as the Senate committees that oversee this because those are the ones that heard testimony, and there should be a criminal referral on perjury for Ambassador Yovanovitch, and she should be held accountable." 

Better people have been prosecuted for less, as the railroading of presidential aides Michael Flynn and George Papadapoulos shows. What would these exonerators be saying if a Republican had uttered such lies?

And yes, Trump called it right in firing her - anyone who lies to the boss has to be -- Michael Flynn, who wasn't entirely forthright with Vice President Mike Pence about his Russian ambassador meetings, certainly got himself fired from his National Security Agency position for as much. Yovanovitch not only lied, she lied under oath, to Congress -- to Get Trump.

If nothing else comes out about this, it's that Trump has an ultra-fine sense for knowing who's genuine and who isn't, as well as the appropriate kill instinct. Trump was right about firing FBI Director James Comey, who had been plotting against him, and he certainly was right to see through Yovanovitch and get rid of her, too. That's not paranoia. That's recognizing reality. And with reality should come consequences.

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