Marie Yovanovitch, the former US Ambassador to Ukraine, told lawmakers behind closed doors on Friday that she was recalled earlier this year after "unfounded and false claims" against her and continued pressure from President Trump to the State Department She became – when she denied being "disloyal" to the President.
"Although I understand that I served to the delight of the President, I was nevertheless incredulous that the US government has decided to remove an ambassador based as well as I can on unsubstantiated and false allegations from humans Report with clearly questionable motives, "she said in a devastating account of her removal from office
Yovanovitch, who was recalled in May, spoke to Trump's phone call on July 25, as part of the House of Representatives' impeachment investigation Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ̵
Trump and his senior lawyer Rudy Giuliani focused on Biden's pressure on Ukraine to dismiss a top prosecutor in 2016, which investigated Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings, which had Biden's son Hunter on the board.
The content of this appeal, which was revealed in a bulletin and protocol also issued by the White House, has led Democrats to initiate an impeachment investigation into the President's conduct.
In this appeal, Trump described Yovanovitch as "bad news". Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other critics have accused her of undermining Trump's interests in the region. However, in her prepared statements by Fox News, she denied having asked a Ukrainian official not to investigate corruption and said it was "fictitious" that she was disloyal to the president.
"I heard the media claim that I allegedly ordered the Embassy team to ignore the President's instructions," as he was to be charged. " This claim is wrong. I've never said anything like that, not to my embassy counterparts or anyone else, "she said.
She also denies that the Obama administration has asked her to harm the Trump campaign or help Hillary Clinton's campaign, and said she has never met Hunter Biden.
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"And although I have met former Vice President Joe Biden several times during our long reign, neither he nor The former government has directly or indirectly confronted me with Burisma or Hunter Biden ,
As for Giuliani, she said she was in touch with him three times, as she remembers the controversy at hand – and said that she does not know Giuliani's motives.
"But those who could have been mentioned in the press as Mr Giuliani's point of contact could well have believed that their personal history Our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine has undermined economic ambitions.
This remark apparently related to Giuliani's two employees, who are in connection with his investigations in Ukraine and subsequently charged with campaign finance violations, were arrested at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Wednesday.
Yovanovitch told lawmakers that in April, just one month after their tour was extended a month earlier, she was told to return "on the next plane". Then she recalled a conversation with Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan to which she said Trump had lost confidence in her after a "concerted campaign" and that he had pressured the department to remove her since the summer of 2018.
said that the State Department had been attacked and eroded and predicted that it would harm the nation's interests.
self-profit, not the common good, "she said. "The damage will happen when bad actors in countries outside Ukraine see how easy it is to manipulate our system with fiction and innuendo." Trump said he was investigating corruption while Democrats accused him of using US military aid in return for an investigation of a political rival legislature.
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"This is the latest example of the government's efforts to hide the facts from the American people and hamper our legal and constitutional impeachment investigation," Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Ship., D-Calif., Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Eliot Engel, DN.Y., and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Said in a statement:
Yovanovitch is not the only diplomat who will do this will face lawmakers in the coming days. On Friday, E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland announced that despite submission from the US Department of State, it will respond to a summons and testify next week.
Mike Emanuel, Ronn Blitzer and Gregg Re of Fox News contributed to this report.