After at first refusing to comment one way or another on Hunter Biden’s Burisma role, Rep. Elise Stefanik got Ambassador Sondland to admit “clearly it’s an appearance of a conflict.”
Rep. Stefanik then responds “Correct. Clearly it is an appearance of conflict of interest, again, this is something that every witness has answered yes to or agreed with it could have a potential appearance and yet we are not allowed to call Hunter Biden to answer questions in front of this committee.”
WATCH: Ambassador Sondland admits Hunter Biden serving on the board of Burisma had the appearance of a conflict of interest. Yet Adam Schiff refuses to allow this Committee to call Biden as a witness. pic.twitter.com/6OSIpYWoPo
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) November 20, 2019
Per Fox10, Republicans sounded a celebratory note as House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry wrapped up another day of public hearings Tuesday evening, saying the day’s witnesses had served only to highlight fundamental problems in the case against President Trump.
As Rep. Stefanik stated, Witness Yovanovitch also agreed Hunter’s role could raise the apperance of a conflict.
Per RCP, Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe wanted to know if, when preparing for her Senate confirmation in 2016, whether Obama administration officials had highlighted the issue of Hunter Biden serving on Burisma, the natural gas company whose head was investigated for corruption.
Yovanovitch confirmed that indeed they had flagged it a possible pitfall for her confirmation and told her to refer all questions about it to Vice President Joe Biden’s office.
Ratcliffe then asked whether she thought Hunter Biden’s presence on the board, where he made tens of thousands of dollars a month despite having no previous natural gas experience, was improper while his father was vice president and serving as the Obama administration’s point man on Ukraine.
(Hunter stepped down earlier this year after his father announced his candidacy for president and the position started to draw greater media scrutiny.)
“Yeah, I think that it could raise the appearance of a conflict,” she said.
Yovanovitch just confirmed that Obama's *own* State Department raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest from Hunter Biden's role at Burisma.
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) November 15, 2019
Yovanovitch first claimed the "previous administration" never "raised the issue of either Burisma or Hunter Biden with me."
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) November 15, 2019
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