WASHINGTON — Ex-Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch may have lied to Congress about her knowledge of Burisma Holdings — new documents revealing she received direct warnings about the Ukrainian gas company despite claiming it to know little about it, according to a new report.
Emails obtained by Citizens United show Yovanovitch and the US embassy in Kiev were told as early as 2016 that Burisma had placed then-veep Joe Biden’s son Hunter on its board and engaged an American firm with Democratic ties to rehabilitate its image, according to a report by Just The News.
During impeachment proceedings against President Trump in November, Yovanovitch told lawmakers that she knew little about Burisma Holdings and the long-running corruption probe against it — testifying under oath: “It just wasn’t a big deal.”
The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, is now calling on the State Department to release all documents related to the natural energy company, according to Fox News.
In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Jordan asked for any documents referring to Burisma and Hunter Biden to be released by May 28, the report said.
The impeachment hearings focused on efforts by President Trump to pressure Ukraine to help investigate the Bidens — accusing Hunter Biden of corruption after he was given a lucrative seat on the Burisma board while his vice president father was in charge of US policy toward Ukraine.
Yovanovitch, who has since left public office, told lawmakers that Burisma “wasn’t a big issue” in the fall of 2016.
“It was not a focus of what I was doing in that six-month period,” she claimed.
But the 160 pages of emails and memos obtained by Citizens United show Yovanovitch was in contact with US officials about Burisma and also met with a representative from the Ukrainian company in her embassy office just 45 days before President Trump took office.
“These new records clearly don’t support Ambassador Yovanovitch’s testimony under oath during [Rep. Adam] Schiff’s sham impeachment,” Citizens United President David Bossie told Just The News.
“Her sworn testimony must be investigated and scrutinized just like in the case of General [Michael] Flynn. You can’t have two sets of rules,” he said.
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