Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) questioned Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, in a public hearing as part of the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
While grilling Yovanovitch, the Utah Congressman asked a few point-blank questions that should have immediately ended Friday’s hearing.
Rep. Stewart began his questions by first welcoming the former ambassador to “year four of the impeachment proceedings” and apologized that she was drug into it.
“For three years we’ve heard these outrageous and frankly unbelievable accusations regarding Russian collusion. Accusations that we know are absolute nonsense. There was no basis at all, despite promises from some members of this committee that they had ‘secret proof’ that would prove this collusion. We know that it was nonsense, but now, in year four, we apparently move on to Ukraine and quid pro quo, culminating yesterday, when the Speaker announced that the president would indeed be impeached and removed from office for ‘bribery’, the Utah Congressman explained.
On Thursday, during a press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused President Trump of “bribery“, along with claiming that the Commander in Chief’s “efforts to cover up his betrayal of his oath of office almost make the things Nixon did look small.”
Rep. Stewart point-blank asked Yovanovitch whether she had any information on whether the president had accepted any bribes, or if she had any evidence of any criminal activity that the president has been involved with. (Continued Below)
“And with the statement, I would feel compelled to ask you, Madam Ambassador. As you sit here before us, very simply and directly. Do you have any information regarding the President of the United States accepting any bribes?” Stewart directly asked Yovanovitch, to which she replied, “No.”
“Do you have any information regarding any criminal activity that the President of the United States has been involved with at all?” Stewart again directly asked Yovanovitch, to which she replied, “No.”
“Thank you for answering that directly. The American people know this is nonsense. The American people know this is unfair. And I have a prediction regarding this: I think that public support for impeachment is actually going to be less when these hearings are over than it is when the hearings began because finally, the American people are going to be able to see the evidence. And they’re going to be able to make their own determination regarding that,” he added. (Video Below)
Rep. Chris Stewart’s official questions to former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch:
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) tweeted, “@RepChrisStewart, who just summarized this whole hearing: Q: “Do you have any information regarding POTUS accepting bribes?” Yovanovitch: “No” Q: Do you have any evidence of any criminal activity from POTUS?” Yovanovitch: “No” That, there, should be the ballgame”.
Bravo from @RepChrisStewart, who just summarized this whole hearing:
Q: "Do you have any information regarding POTUS accepting bribes?"
Q: Do you have any evidence of any criminal activity from POTUS?"
That, there, should be the ballgame
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) November 15, 2019
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