Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch lied under oath to Congress over a conversation she had with a Democrat staffer before the whistleblower complaint went public.
Yovanovitch spoke to Congress as part of their impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump.
During her testimony, which was under oath, Yovanocitch lied to Congress and told them she had not replied to a message from Democrat congressional staffer Laura Carey.
Ex-Ambassador Yovanovitch instead told Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin:
“I alerted the State Department, because I’m still an employee, and so, matters are generally handled through the State Department. So, she emailed me. I alerted the State Department and, you know, asked them to handle the correspondence.”
“And, she emailed me again and said, you know, who should I be in touch with? I didn’t respond to that email, because I had already transferred everything to the State Department and I figured they would be in touch, and they were.”
Instead, former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch sent Laura Carey, who works on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a message on the “time-sensitive” information exactly 2 days after the whistleblower filed his report with the Intelligence Community Inspector General.
According to the FOX News report, the conversation between Yovanovitch and Carey went:
Laura Carey (8/14/2019):
“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 chance 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.”
“Could you let me know if you have any time this week or next to connect? Happy to come to a place of your choosing, or if easier, to speak by phone at either of the numbers below. I’m also around this weekend if meeting up over coffee works.”
Marie Yovanovitch (8/15/2019):
“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 know that you are interested in talking and they will be in touch with you shortly.”
Laura Carey (8/19/2019):
“Great –thanks for the response and I look forward to hearing from them. As mentioned, it would be ideal to connect this week… assuming this week is doable for you schedule-wise?”
Rep. Lee Zeldin spoke with FOX on the revelation that Yovanovitch lied under oath. The Congressman told the network:
“I would highly suspect that this Democratic staffer’s work was connected in some way to the whistleblower’s effort, which has evolved into this impeachment charade.”
“We do know that the whistleblower was in contact with [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff’s team before the whistleblower had even hired an attorney or filed a whistleblower complaint even though Schiff had lied to the public originally claiming that there was no contact. “
“Additionally, while the contents of the email from this staffer to Ambassador Yovanovitch clearly state what the conversation would be regarding, Yovanovitch, when I asked her specifically what the staffer was looking to speak about, did not provide these details.”
“I specifically asked her whether the Democratic staffer was responded to by Yovanovitch or the State Department. It is greatly concerning that Ambassador Yovanovitch didn’t answer my question as honestly as she should have, especially while under oath.”
It is already known that the alleged whistleblower met with a member of Democrat Congressman Adam Schiff’s staff before filing his report. He also lied on his report by not disclosing the fact he had met with a congressional staff prior to filing, which is asked specifically on the Whistleblower form.