During her impeachment hearing this morning, former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch defended former-Vice President Joe Biden’s forcible firing of the Ukrainian-Prosecutor in 2016.
It was during the Democrat questioning piece of the hearing that Yovanovitch seemingly gave a full-throated endorsement of the Biden foreign policy that led to the current investigation.
“Official U.S. policy and that was endorsed and was the policy of a number of other international stakeholders, other countries, other monetary institutions, financial institutions.”
It is important to note that Yovanovitch specifically addresses the value of the judgement of the various institutions, many of which also had raised similar concerns about Hunter Biden’s Ukrainian Gas Company, Burisma Holdings.
Daniel Goldman, the Democratic counsel, then asked Yovanovitch:
“And in fact if he helped to remove a corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor general who was not prosecuting enough corruption, that would increase the chances that corrupt companies in Ukraine would be investigated, isn’t that right?”
“One would think so,” she responded
“And that could include Burisma (Holdings), right?,” he asked.
“Yes,” she replied.
Despite the claim put forward by the Democrat counsel, the fact is that the investigation into Burisma was closed following Joe Biden forcing Ukraine to fire the former Prosecutor-General.
On Wednesday, the same day as Democrats started their public hearings, Ukraine’s new Prosecutor-General Ruslan Ryaboshapka announced that he fired Prosecutor Kostyantyn Kulyk, the man currently investigating Burisma for corruption.
Kulyk’s firing allegedly came as a result of him failing to take a new Professional Exam issued by the Prosecutor General’s office to help fight corruption.
Despite the firing of Kulyk, however, Ryaboshapka did announce they have 13 to 14 major investigations going on including “one big case on Burisma.”
Unlike Marie Yovanovitch’s suggestion, however, Prosecutor-General Ryaboshapka made it clear that the Burisma investigation had nothing to do with pressure from President Trump:
“I do not feel any pressure either from our president or foreign political figures. In general, I am free to do everything that I think is proper and corresponds with the law, but not anything that somebody else wants.”
He was unable to confirm whether or not Hunter Biden was also being investigated in the probe.