Another one of the House Democrats’ star witnesses testified before the House Intelligence Committee Friday in day two of the public portion of the partisan impeachment proceedings.
Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, admitted to lawmakers that President Donald Trump did not engage in any kind of criminal activity related to Ukraine.
“Do you have any information regarding the President of the United States accepting any bribes?” Republican Congressman Chris Stewart of Utah asked point blank.
“No,” Yovanovitch said.
“Do you have any information regarding any criminal activity that the President of the United States has been involved with at all?”
Yovanovitch’s testimony comes amid Democrats’ latest attempt to undo the 2016 presidential election after the collapse of the Russian collusion hoax earlier this year.
Democrats launched official impeachment proceedings centered on the details of a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky where Democrats allege Trump pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate the former Vice President Joe Biden by withholding military aid.
The unredacted transcript of the call has since been declassified and released to the public in plain sight, revealing instead that Trump requested the Ukraine government root out corruption in its own country and investigate the origins of the nation’s involvement in peddling the Russian conspiracy theory that did irreparable harm to the United States.
Still, Democrats have aggressively pushed forward in their efforts to oust President Trump opening up impeachment proceedings that limit the rights of the minority party.
The impeachment process kicked off by Democrats have been wrought with bias from the start, first beginning with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff holding secret hearings in the basement of the Capitol. After more than a month of Democrats pre-interviewing witnesses and barring Republicans from asking questions Schiff did not want answered, the start of an official impeachment inquiry was put the House floor for a full chamber vote where not one Republican supported the measure.
The rules for impeachment themselves prohibit Republican lawmakers from subpoenaing witnesses or evidence without Democratic approval. The minority party was granted these rights in both the Nixon and Clinton proceedings. And as was showcased in Friday’s hearings, Schiff has continued to suppress GOP voices on the committee.
Earlier this week, another one of the Democrats’ star witnesses made the case for investigating the Biden family’s involvement in Ukraine.
“My concern was that there was the possibility of a perception of a conflict of interest,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent Wednesday, who also raised the red flag to the Obama administration in 2015 that Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, was serving on the board of a Ukrainian energy company while the Vice President dictated U.S. policy towards Ukraine.
Hunter Biden served on the board for $50,000 a month without any prior experience in the industry.
On Friday, Yovanovitch corroborated Kent’s testimony when asked by Republican John Ratcliffe of Texas whether she agreed with Kent’s earlier statements given to the committee.
“Yeah… I think that it could raise the appearance of a conflict of interest,” Yovanovitch said.