Farcical Yovanovitch Hearing; Republicans Go Limp
Nov. 15, 2019 (EIRNS)—In the farcical hearing conducted by the House today, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch essentially put on a Sturm und Drang performance of her claims against Donald Trump for wrongful employment termination, under the direction of Adam Schiff. Ranking Republican Devin Nunes pointedly declared that this were better taken up by the Human Resources part of the Foreign Relations Committee, since Yovanovitch had absolutely nothing to say of relevance about the summer’s negotiations concerning military aid to Ukraine or impeachment of the President. She had literally cried about being fired in her prior deposition in the House basement, and Schiff did everything in his power to get her to repeat the performance. President Trump, obviously knowing the inability of his Republican colleagues to stand up to strong women who are lying through their teeth (witness Christine Blasey Ford), tweeted during the testimony:
“Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors. They call it ‘serving at the pleasure of the President.’ The U.S. now has a very strong and powerful foreign policy, much different than preceding administrations. It is called, quite simply, America First! With all of that, however, I have done FAR more for Ukraine than O.”
The President was promptly attacked by Schiff, and the media, for “attempted witness intimidation,” and the woman her State Department colleagues call the “Iron Lady” said, in stage voice quiver, that she found the President’s tweet, well, intimidating. As predicted, the emotional framework of “#MeToo” was used to dramatize this appearance to its intended audience, suburban women voters whom the Democrats believe are already upset about the President’s, well, “maleness.” [Monster White Orange Man Confronts Accomplished Immigrant Woman and Fires Her for Reasons Assumed.]
As President Donald Trump emphasized, look at what President Volodymyr Zelensky said about Yovanovitch, in their July 25th conversation. Zelensky said that he had found out that Yovanovitch did not accept his election and was loyal to former President Petro Poroshenko, Washington’s favorite and Zelensky’s rival. The President has an absolute right to hire or fire ambassadors, a proposition which even Yovanovitch admitted was a “good policy.”
The President’s instincts were correct, and his Republican colleagues acted like uninformed cowards today. Once again, here is Yovanovitch’s relevant résumé and trail of color revolutions, something publicly available to thinking Republicans willing to do the slightest bit of homework:
In 2004, after serving as one of the key State Department anti-Russian diplomats, Yovanovitch played a central role in the Ukraine regime-change operation known as the “Orange Revolution.” She promoted the scandal of Ukraine selling four Kolchuga radar systems to Iraq in violation of the United Nations sanctions. This led to the pro-Russian Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma being replaced by Washington and London’s choice, Viktor Yushchenko.
In 2005 she was Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic at the time as the British-U.S. Tulip Color Revolution occurred in that country, led by the State Department and the British.
From 2008-2011 Yovanovitch was U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, where she was heavily involved in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in neighboring Azerbaijan (a separatist operation as part of a regime-change operation).
Each of these color revolutions devastated the targeted populations while the United States debased itself by performing the role of military gendarme for British strategic and financial interests.
Yovanovitch was U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from Aug. 18, 2016, until she was recalled, in May 2019. She was at the helm of the Embassy at the point when the Manafort black ledger smear campaign was at full bore, when the Ukrainian Ambassador to Washington was writing an op-ed against candidate Trump in the Washington Post, when Alexandra Chalupa was bragging that, on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the DNC, she had assembled a gaggle of Ukrainian journalists, Ukrainian government officials, and Ukrainian private intelligence operatives to go after Trump. Ministers with whom she was in close contact, such as the brutal Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, ran a rage-filled social media campaign against candidate Trump—Avakov, the man who ran neo-Nazis in ethnic cleansing operations in Donbas. The most prominent anti-corruption activist and American darling Leshchenko, with whom Ambassador Yovanovitch worked closely, was feeding fake information to Fusion GPS about Trump’s Russia connections, which became part of Christopher Steele’s dodgy dossier.
Yovanovitch scrupulously denied knowing much about any of this, indicating that she either spent her time in Ukraine hiding under a rock or that she was lying. She absolutely affirmed that she did absolutely nothing about it, spoke to no one about it, while claiming, to Congressman Jim Jordan, that these actions did not constitute action by the government of Ukraine, but only by certain individuals.
In March 2019, U.S. Embassy employees in Ukraine were leaking that Ambassador Yovanovitch was telling Embassy employees and Ukrainians to pay no attention to President Donald Trump, because he was going to be impeached. She denied this today.
This was before a wave of articles featuring Ukraine’s former prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko claiming that Yovanovitch had instructed him not to prosecute certain individuals, including those Ukrainians most involved in the Ukrainian efforts to target and smear former Trump campaign advisor Paul Manafort as a Russian agent. Those individuals are all involved with the National Endowment for Democracy and the Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Action Center (AnTAC), which is a joint project of George Soros and the State Department.