Opinion| Lawrence David| First there was Russian collusion, except there wasn’t.
Then there was obstruction of justice until there wasn’t.
Then there was the Ukrainian quid pro quo until there wasn’t.
We are witnessing an impeachment process in search of a crime.
Today another potential crime was eliminated when former-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch admitted under questioning from John Ratcliffe (R-TX) that there was definite indications of corruption caused by Hunter Biden’s involvement with Burisma Holdings.
Rep. Ratcliffe began by confirming with Yovanovitch testimony she had given while being questioned by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). Obama-Biden officials prepared her to answer questions about Hunter Biden’s role on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma during her 2016 confirmation hearing.
“Contrary to her opening statement, former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch later admitted under questioning that Obama-Biden officials prepared her to answer questions about Hunter Biden’s role on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma during her 2016 confirmation hearing.”
Contrary to her opening statement, former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch later admitted under questioning that Obama-Biden officials prepared her to answer questions about Hunter Biden's role on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma during her 2016 confirmation hearing. pic.twitter.com/GrGOxThFyC
— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) November 15, 2019
That testimony from Yovanovitch contradicted her opening statement and left observers wondering why these hearings were even being held.
The underlying premise for these hearings – that Trump had improperly requested an investigation of the Bidens – were based on legitimate concerns with at least the appearances over their involvement with Burisma. At least according to Yovanovitch.
Ratcliffe: “… of the thousands of companies in Ukraine, the only one that you recall the Obama-Biden State Department preparing you to answer questions about was the one where the vice president’s son was on the board. Is that fair?”
Ratcliffe: “The concern about Hunter Biden’s role was legitimate…?”
Yovanovitch: “I think it creates a concern that there could be an appearance of a conflict of interest.”
The mainstream media cover up is astonishing. The same potentially criminal activity that the Obama State Department and White House were efforting to cover up is now, according the impeachment narrative, off-limits to an investigation by the Trump administration.
Can anyone announce their candidacy for high office and then go on a crime spree with impunity? Or does the media reserve this treatment for Democrats, only?
This article originally appeared atand was republished with permission.
*Some edits were made.
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