Trump impeachment: Ambassador says she was ousted over 'false claims'

Evarado Alatorre
Octubre 12, 2019

"She always avoided attention because she thought it interfered with quiet diplomacy", one USA diplomat who worked with her earlier in her career said earlier this week.

"Her early recall raises questions about whether you put the personal interests of the President above the Department's career personnel or USA foreign policy", ten Democratic Senators wrote in a letter to Pompeo on Thursday, seeking more details about Yovanovitch's dismissal.

"It is clear to me that she was sacked because she was a thorn in the side of those who sought to use the Ukrainian government for their own political and financial gain - and that includes President Trump", Maloney said. He answered, "I don't know".

A person familiar with the situation said Giuliani was still Trump's outside counsel, but would not represent him on matters dealing with Ukraine. She speculated that "individuals who have been named in the press as contacts of Mr. Giuliani" may have believed their personal financial ambitions were stymied by US anti-corruption policy. Yovanovitch continues to believe that there was no just cause for her removal.

Yovanovitch's damning testimony is further sign of the deepening damage the Ukraine scandal is having on the functioning of the administration. "It was that wonderful, that powerful, that impactful".

"I was then abruptly told in late April to come back to Washington from Ukraine "on the next plane", Yovanovitch wrote.

And he encouraged US and Ukrainian prosecutors to discuss investigating a gas company linked to the son of Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden. From the transcript, Trump does not appear to pressure Zelensky or offer any quid pro quo.

Yovanovitch said in her opening statement that President Donald Trump got her removed over "unfounded and false claims" against her, denying multiple charges lobbed at her by individuals like Rudy Giuliani.

Yovanovitch, who entered the Capitol complex for the deposition wearing dark glasses, did not respond to questions.

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Trump allies called for her removal, accusing her of criticizing the president to foreign officials, something current and former colleagues found inconceivable.

That prompted a subpoena by committees leading the probe in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives for Sondland to be deposed in closed session. "By federal law and regulation, the State Department has sole authority to produce such documents, and Ambassador Sondland hopes the materials will be shared with the Committees in advance of his Thursday testimony", his attorneys said.

"We're going to do everything we're lawfully required to do", Pompeo said in an interview with WKRN-TV in Nashville.

The matter is part of what has become a House impeachment investigation.

The July call is central to the impeachment inquiry, and embarrassed Zelenskiy because it showed him as eager to please Trump and critical of European partners whose support he needs to strengthen Ukraine's economy and to end the conflict with Russian Federation. They include Gordon Sondland, who was blocked from appearing this week but whose attorney said he would testify on October 17. "We will honour ours". The Trump administration found her "insufficiently loyal to the President and not committed to carrying out his foreign policy", a us official familiar with her dismissal previously told TIME.

Yovanovitch said the United States' allowing Russian aggression toward Ukraine would "set a precedent that the United States will regret for decades to come".

Yovanovitch was accused of impeding a Ukrainian investigation into the Bidens - an allegation the State Department said at the time was "outright fabrication".

Ms Yovanovitch also said she had never met or spoken with Hunter Biden and that Mr Biden never raised the subject of his son or the Ukrainian company he worked for with her.

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