Few Arizonans had even a passing familiarity with New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik until Friday when she adroitly zoned in on former U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before the House Intelligence Committee where she is the sole Republican woman.
Yovanovitch, an Obama appointee who was replaced by the Trump administration, admitted that she was briefed by the Obama administration on Hunter Biden’s position with the Ukrainian firm Burisma Holdings and conceded it had the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Yovanovitch admitted that the Obama administration prepared her for her confirmation as ambassador with practice questions about Hunter Biden and his involvement in Ukraine. Hunter, the son of Obama’s Vice President Joe Biden was receiving more than $80,000 a month from Burisma, one of Ukraine’s largest energy companies, while his father was Obama’s point man for Ukraine policy. The younger Biden lacked any experience in natural gas, outside of his gene pool.
“You testified that in this particular practice Q&A with the State Department, it wasn’t just generally about Burisma and corruption, it was specifically about Hunter Biden and Burisma. Is that correct?” Stefanik asked.
Yovanovitch answered, “Yes.”
A stoic, blinking Adam Schiff watched helplessly as he watched the exposure of his impeachment scheme as Stefanik referred to his “regime of secrecy,” and accused him of “making up the rules.”
As part of her reelection campaign, on Sept. 25, 2019, U.S. Rep. Stefanik announced her opposition to the impeachment of President Trump.