Impeachment Hearings Day 2
The public impeachment hearings resume Friday morning, with former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch appearing before the House Intelligence Committee:
Yovanovitch was removed as ambassador in May after Giuliani and other Trump allies attacked her in television appearances and on Twitter, claiming she was disloyal to the Trump administration. In closed-door testimony in October, she told lawmakers that Giuliani worked in tandem with Yuriy Lutsenko, a former prosecutor in Ukraine, to allege she was standing in the way of investigations into supposed Ukrainian interference in the 2016 campaign and Burisma, the energy company that had employed Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s son.
Although her Ukraine tour was supposed to end in 2020, in late April she was “abruptly told” to return to Washington “on the next plane.” She did not know why she was being recalled and met with the deputy secretary of state, who told her Mr. Trump “had lost confidence” in her “and no longer wished me to serve as his ambassador.” The secretary also told her there had been “a concerted campaign against” her, and there had been pressure to remove her since 2018.
Yovanovitch was also mentioned in Mr. Trump’s July 25 call with the president of Ukraine. The president said she was “bad news” and “going to go through some things,” according to the White House summary of the call.
Her removal and treatment by the administration rankled many officials in the State Department, one of whom resigned in September over the secretary of state’s failure to publicly defend her.