(Tea Party PAC) – In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee’s public impeachment inquiry hearing Friday, former US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, admitted that she had been briefed by the Obama administration on Hunter Biden’s position with Ukranian gas and oil firm Burisma holding.
And that they also agreed it did not look good.
Yovanovitch confirmed to Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., that the Obama administration prepared her for her confirmation as ambassador with practice questions about Hunter Biden and his involvement in Ukraine. The son of Vice President Joe Biden was receiving more than $80,000 a month from Burisma while his father was Obama’s point man for Ukraine policy.
“You testified that in this particular practice Q&A with the State Department, it wasn’t just generally about Burisma and corruption, it was specifically about Hunter Biden and Burisma. Is that correct?” Stefanik asked.
Yovanovitch replied “yes.”
Stefanik also noted that Republicans had been criticized for raising the Hunter Biden issue.
Even the Obama Administration knew that Hunter Biden’s corruption was a problem.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 15, 2019
“For the millions of Americans watching, President Obama’s own State Department was so concerned about potential conflicts of interest from Hunter Biden’s role at Burisma that they raised it themselves while prepping the wonderful ambassador nominee before her confirmation,” Stefanik said. “And yet, our Democratic colleagues and the chairman at this committee cry foul when we dare ask that same question that the Obama State Department was so concerned about.”
Later, while being questioned by Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Ill., Yovanovitch admitted that, at the time of the briefing, she believed Hunter Biden’s position at the company appeared to be a conflict of interest.
“I think it creates a concern that there could be a conflict of interest,” she said.
Ratcliffe took the opportunity to request, once again, that Chairman Adam Schiff (R-CA) testify before the committee.
Schiff cut off Ratcliffe as he made his request, saying his time had expired. Sure.