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Yovanovitch denies existence of “Do Not Prosecute” list she allegedly handed to Lutsenko

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Former US ambassador to Ukraine never told Prosecutor Lutsenko or other Ukrainian officials who should or should not be prosecuted
19:29, 16 November 2019
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch
Radio Liberty
 
Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch once again denied the existence of a list of “untouchables”, which was announced by former Attorney General Yuri Lutsenko. She made the corresponding statement under oath during an open hearing in the US House of Representatives in the framework of Donald Trump impeachment cases, according to The New York Times. 

"I want to reiterate first that the allegation that I disseminated a “Do Not Prosecute” list was a fabrication. Mr. Lutsenko, the former Ukrainian Prosecutor General who made that allegation, has acknowledged that the list never existed.

I did not tell Mr. Lutsenko or other Ukrainian officials who they should or should not prosecute. Instead, I advocated the U.S. position that rule of law should prevail and Ukrainian law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges should stop wielding their power selectively, as a political weapon against their adversaries, and start dealing with all consistently and according to the law.

Related: Trump on Yovanovitch: Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her

Also untrue are unsourced allegations that I told unidentified Embassy employees or Ukrainian officials that President Trump’s orders should be ignored because “he was going to be impeached”—or for any other reason. I did not and would not say such a thing. Such statements would be inconsistent with my training as a Foreign Service Officer and my role as an Ambassador," Marie Yovanovitch said.

She already testified in October at a closed committee meeting and said that President's Lawyer Rudi Giuliani’s efforts were contrary to US policy. She stated that Giuliani was seeking her dismissal because she refused to put pressure on Ukrainians to investigate Joe Biden and his son.

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