(TNS) As Democrats announced on Tuesday they would return two extremely vague articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in the coming days, an article published by Time magazine is proving, shall we say, ‘problematic’ for the Garbage Party.
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It seems the top aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the publication that neither he nor his boss ever felt like President Trump was pressuring them to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden for possible corruption involving a previous Ukrainian administration or that such probes were tied to military aid.
A quid pro quo, in other words. A bribe, in other words. Never felt like Trump was doing that.
Since the start of the public impeachment hearings in Congress last month, Andriy Yermak, a top adviser to the President of Ukraine, has heard his name come up again and again in witness testimony. He took part in many of the events at the center of the impeachment inquiry, and the 300-page report released last week by the inquiry mentions Yermak dozens of times.
But in his first interview about those public hearings, Yermak has questioned the recollections of crucial witnesses in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s alleged abuse of his office for political gain.
“Listen, I want to tell you straight. Of course, now, when I watch these shows on television, my name often comes up, and I see people there whom I recognize, whom I met and know,” he told Time, referring to the witness testimony.
“That is their personal opinion, especially the positions they expressed while under oath. I have my own truth. I know what I know.”
In particular, Yermak is disputing what U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland told the impeachment inquiry when it was being led by that hack Adam Schiff:
One of the American diplomats who attended that meeting, Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, testified before the inquiry last month that he pulled Yermak aside after the Warsaw meeting and delivered an important message: U.S. aid to Ukraine would probably not resume until Zelensky’s government announced two investigations that could implicate President Trump’s political rivals.
“I told Mr. Yermak that I believed that the resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine took some kind of action on the public statement that we had been discussing for many weeks,” Sondland testified.
This statement was allegedly intended to announce two investigations: one into the discredited claims that Ukraine helped Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the 2016 presidential election, and another related to the work that Hunter Biden, the son of presidential candidate Joe Biden, did for a Ukrainian gas company, Burisma Holdings, while his father was the U.S. Vice President.
According to Schiff’s impeachment report, “Following this meeting, Ambassador Sondland pulled aside President Zelensky’s advisor, Mr. Yermak, to explain that the hold on security assistance was conditioned on the public announcement of the Burisma/Biden and the 2016 election interference investigations.”
That’s not true, says Yermak.
“Gordon and I were never alone together,” he said when asked about the Warsaw meeting. “We bumped into each other in the hallway next to the escalator, as I was walking out.”
He told Time that several members of the American and Ukrainian delegations were also nearby, as well as bodyguards and hotel staff, but he didn’t know if anyone else heard his brief conversation with Sondland.
“And I remember – everything is fine with my memory – we talked about how well the meeting went. That’s all we talked about,” Yermak said.
Which means, if Yermak’s recollection is true, Sondland lied under oath.
Bombshell. On the same day Democrats introduce their impeachment articles, a President Zelensky top aide undercuts the Democrats' star witness, Gordon Sondland. He says Ukraine wasn't told (and never believed) aid and political investigations were connected.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) December 10, 2019
That would make him the second U.S. diplomat to allegedly do that. As USA Features News reported Tuesday, the other one is former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Maria Yovanovitch.
In an exclusive interview with One American News, Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko disputed Yovanovitch’s claim that she was the victim of a smear campaign in which she was accused of presenting Ukrainian officials with a “do not prosecute” list, which protected certain individuals from corruption probes.
During her testimony at the impeachment inquiry, Yovanovitch dismissed those allegations as a “fabrication,” adding that “Lutsenko, who made that allegation, has acknowledged that the list never existed.”
But in his interview with OANN, Lutsenko claimed that the former U.S. ambassador was not truthful regarding her narrative to Congress about her request to block his investigations.
“While I am general prosecutor, no president nor ambassador could give me … could announce me such lists,” he said, adding that he has proof of what he speaks.
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