Former Ukraine ambassador testifies on day two of public hearings
WASHINGTON, D.C. - During the second day of public impeachment hearings, ousted U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told lawmakers she was the victim of a smear campaign by President Donald Trump, top administration officials, and the president’s personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani.
On the controversial July 25 phone call Trump made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump said Yovanovitch was "bad news" and said she was "going to go through some things."
“What did you think when President Trump told President Zelensky that you were ‘going to go through some things’?” Yovanovitch was asked during the testimony.
“She’s going to go through some things, it didn’t sound good,” Yovanovitch replied. “It sounded like a threat.”
Yovanovitch, who served as a Foreign Service Officer for 33 years, testified “foreign corrupt interests” forced her from the State Department this spring.
The nearly five-hour hearing, outlined the events leading up to the controversial July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky, when Democrats say Trump suggested withholding military aid until Zelensky investigated former vice president Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
“Attacks are leading to a crisis in the State Dept. as the policy process is visibly unraveling,” she said.
The White House Friday, releasing this transcript of the first phone call between the two leaders on April 21. According to the transcript, Trump congratulated Zelensky on his recent election victory. It came just days before Biden entered the presidential race, but Trump did not mention either Biden or corruption on that call.
“I would now ask the president to release the thousands of other records that he has instructed the State Dept. not to release,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), House Intelligence Committee chairman.
“The problem with trying to overthrow a president based on this type of evidence is obvious,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intel. Committee. “But that’s what their whole case relies on.”
The former ambassador testified on Friday she does not have firsthand knowledge of the July phone call at the center of the impeachment inquiry and the ensuing hearings.
Starting Nov. 19, eight more witnesses will testify in the impeachment inquiry throughout next week.