Trump White House Told Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch Not To Speak To Congress, She Speaks Out

The White House fired Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, and then told her not to appear before Congress. However, the House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena, reports POLITICO’s Anita Kumar (video below).

Yovanovitch ignored the White House’s demand, and told impeachment investigators behind closed doors that a top State Department official told her that President Donald Trump had pushed for her removal for months even though the department believed she had “done nothing wrong,” notes the New York Times. Yovanovitch said that she was removed as ambassador “based, as far as I can tell, on unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.” Yovanovitch also warned that “contacts of Mr. Giuliani may well have believed that their personal financial ambitions were stymied by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine,” reports the Washington Post.

The White House sent talking points to Republicans, arguing that Yovanovitch should be using a State Department attorney instead of her own lawyer, because she had access to classified information, reports CNN’s Jeremy Herb.

Washington Post reporter Rachel Bade notes that the White House suggested Democrats were putting Yovanovitch in harm’s way without that State lawyer, Yovanovitch testified it was the opposite and that State officials thought the gov had “our backs & protect[ed] us.”

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted nack in March that he wanted to get rid of for reasons unknown.

(Sources: Anita Kumar/Twitter, Jeremy Herb/Twitter, Rachel Bade/Twitter, Donald Trump Jr/Twitter, CNN via YouTube, The New York Times, The Washington Post)

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