David Bossie demands Congress make criminal referral over Ukraine ambassador's testimony

Bossie's organization recently obtained records that appear to counter Yovanovitch's comments during congressional testimony.

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Citizens United President David Bossie in 2015
Citizens United President David Bossie in 2015
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Updated: May 16, 2020 - 12:49am

David Bossie, president of the influential conservative group Citizens United, says former U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch should face criminal referrals for perjury in connection with her testimony during last fall's impeachment hearings.

"She should be made to answer for what she has done here," Bossie, the deputy campaign manager for the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, said on the John Solomon Reports podcast.

Bossie pointed out that records recently obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal Yovanovitch's knowledge of issues pertaining to Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings may have been more extensive than she admitted while testifying before the House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry chaired by California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff.

"In a normal, serious world," said Bossie, "there should be a criminal referral from both the House Judiciary Committee or the House Intelligence committee as well as the Senate committees that oversee this because those are the ones that heard testimony, and there should be a criminal referral on perjury for Ambassador Yovanovitch, and she should be held accountable." 

Yovanovitch, who recently retired from the State Department, did not respond Tuesday to an email message from Solomon seeking comment on his Just the News article on the newly released records related to her Burisma knowledge and contacts. Her lawyer during the impeachment proceedings, Lawrence S. Robbins, also did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

During her testimony last fall, the ambassador told lawmakers her knowledge about Burisma and its relationship with Hunter Biden was limited mostly to a briefing before she went to Kiev as the top U.S. diplomat and what she read in news reports. When pressed she said it was possible she learned other information but could not recall it.

The newly released memos state Yovanovitch had a direct meeting with a Burisma representative in December 2016, and received a detailed letter from the company's lawyer and received a staff briefing after she arrived in Ukraine.

Solomon said he has a pending lawsuit seeking to obtain Yovanovitch's contacts about Burisma and that the State Department had indicated that it is finished producing material. However, he intends to pursue the release of more information based on the new revelations about Yovanovitch.

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