Ukraine Impeachment Witness Communicated with Dem Staffer on ‘Delicate’ Issue After Complaint
Marie Yovanovitch, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine and key witness in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, communicated using her personal email account with a Democratic congressional staffer concerning a “quite delicate” and “time-sensitive” matter — just two days after the whistleblower complaint that kickstarted the inquiry was filed, and a month before the complaint became public, emails obtained by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.
The personal emails appear to contradict Yovanovitch’s deposition on Capitol Hill in October, in which she told U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, about an email she received Aug. 14th from the staffer, Laura Carey — but indicated under oath that she never responded to it.
The email communication came “from the Foreign Affairs Committee,” and “they wanted me to come in and talk about, I guess, the circumstances of my departure” in May as ambassador to Ukraine, Yovanovitch testified, describing Carey’s initial message. “I alerted the State Department, because I’m still an employee, and so, matters are generally handled through the State Department.”
Yovanovitch added: “So, she emailed me. I alerted the State Department and, you know, asked them to handle the correspondence. And, she emailed me again and said, you know, ‘Who should I be in touch with?'”
Fox News was told that it is a breach of the normal procedure for congressional staff to reach out to a current State Department employee at their personal email address for official business.
Source: Fox News