At the same time as Rudy Giuliani and his now-accused friends insisted that President Donald Trump Amb. Marie Yovanovitch of their post in Ukraine, officials of the Trump administration, were eyeing potential contenders for the takeover of their job. One of the people in the mix, according to three sources familiar with the discussions, was Rep. Pete Sessions, a former Congressman who demanded Yovanovitch's release. He is also a longtime ally of the former New York mayor and is said to have withdrawn millions of dollars from a PAC, which was partly funded by Giuliani's accused cronies The circumstances in which she has moved away from Kiev are of great interest to the investigators. Witnesses in the investigation said they believed the people who successfully pushed for their fall wanted to replace them with someone more lithe and perhaps even friendlier to their business interests.
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Trump recalled Yovanovitch on April 29 after Giuliani and his allies launched a vociferous campaign against them. Yovanovitch said she believes the people who called after her fall wanted to replace her with a new ambassador who would help her to advance her business interests. Her recall sparked outrage at the Congressional Democrats, who suspected that something strange was going on. But instead of replacing them with a political ally, the Trump administration dispatched veteran diplomat Bill Taylor as chargé d'affaires to the embassy there.
Taylor told Congress that he had also sensed that something was afoot and concluded that the Trump administration withheld military assistance to pressure the country, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden investigate. Democrats are investigating the system as part of their impeachment investigation of Trump. Taylor publicly testified before the investigation on November 13. Yovanovitch is scheduled to testify on November 15.
Sessions and Giuliani have been allies for more than 15 years, and Sessions has named the former New York mayor as a friend. The New York Mayor hosted a $ 1,000 donation to the Texas Republican in 2002, according to New Yorker magazine magazine. And in the last few weeks of his highly competitive 2004 campaign, he shot a television ad for sessions. "If so much is at stake for our country, we need people in Congress who can lead the character," Giuliani said in the ad after a story from the archives of The Hill. In turn, the sessions confirmed Giuliani's failure to offer the Republican president in 2008 and called on social conservatives to support him despite his support for abortion law.
Ten years later, Sessions wrote in May 2018 a letter to Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo in which he cited "concrete evidence of close associates" that Yovanovitch "in some way spoke privately and repeatedly about her contempt for the present government
In an indictment filed in October, the Attorney General Parnas and his associate Igor Fruman alleged that they had committed campaign financing violations, and the prosecutor claimed the two men were serving as straw traded a foreign government official and donated money to a political action committee that provided "Congressman 1" with up to $ 3 million.
The indictment alleges that Parnas and Fruman "have asked Congressman 1 for help with the Causing the USA to ask " distant or the US back then. Ambassador in Ukraine. "The two allegedly requested the deportation of Yovanovitch" at the request of one or more Ukrainian government officials.
Since then, deleted Facebook posts show sessions with Parnas and Fruman on May 9, 2018 on Capitol Hill's letter requesting the Foreign Ministry to dismiss Yovanovitch on the same day.
Since the outbreak of the Ukraine scandal, a major federal jury in New York has been subpoenaing sessions for documents relating to its interactions with Giuliani, Parnas and Fruman, including efforts to recall Yovanovitch.
Mas Canosa confirmed to The Daily Beast that he had been contacted as Ambassador of Ukraine earlier this year, but declined to speak of whom. He said he had never met Giuliani, Parnas or Fruman.
"I really did not feel that I was a good fit," he said. "Although I was certainly not a top choice, I would have done it for the love of the land, the period and the end of the story if I had been asked to serve."
Mas Canosa stated that he had reservations about Yovanovitch.
"It did not serve the president well, as I was told," he said of Yovanovitch.
Mas Canosa, a former Wall Street investment advisor who now runs a firm called Gladius Consulting, would have been unorthodox Choose to replace Yovanovitch. He has never served as a diplomat and most of his comments have focused on Latin American and Cuban politics. His late brother, Jorge Mas Canosa, was a prominent figure in Florida's exile community and anti-Castro politics, which founded the Cuban American National Foundation. There seems to be little public evidence that Mas Canosa has ties to Ukraine.
The campaign for its installation has not been successfully completed, according to a Trump administration official. "It was nixed early," said the official.
Nevertheless, the discussions about Mas Canosa spread in the Russian-speaking social media. On May 12, an obscure commentator, referring to @prokhozhij on the telegram news platform, wrote that "the new US ambassador to Ukraine could be an American businessman of Cuban descent, Raul Mas Canosa".
Just over a week later, news spread to more mainstream political commentators, including Taras Berezovets, a television presenter in Kiev, Ukraine. On his telegram channel, he wrote that Mas Canosa, who "often appears as a commentator on Trump's favorite Fox news channel," should be the next ambassador.
Berezovets told the Daily Beast that "in May, he learned about Raul Mas Canosa from my friends in Washington for the first time."
Mas Canosa's nephew Jorge Mas Santos contributed to Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign. And after Trump's election, Mas Canosa told Spanish-language publication Diario Las Americas that Giuliani had earned a place in Trump's cabinet.
During her appearance prior to the House's impeachment investigation, Trump's former senior Russian National Security Council official, Fiona Hill, said that she had been told that these gentlemen, Mr. Parnas, Mr. Fruman, and Mr. Sargeant They had all done business with Mr. Giuliani, and the impression some Ukrainian officials and others made was that they were interested in doing business in Ukraine. Hill did not comment on those interests. But she said she believes that the reason Yovanovitch was the target of the smear campaign was "the business of individuals who wanted to improve their investment positions within Ukraine itself."