Trump impeachment hearings: 3 key takeaways from Yovanovitch’s testimony ,The impeachment investigation into President Trump continued Friday with testimony from Marie Yovanovitch,
The former ambassador to Ukraine who Trump recalled earlier this year. President George W. Bush as ambassador to Kyrgyzstan and then Armenia and as ambassador to Ukraine by President Barack Obama. Although Yovanovitch didn’t have direct knowledge of Trump’s phone calls with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,
She was firm in her belief that Trump’s pressuring of Zelensky for investigations that would benefit his reelection campaign was improper. Her testimony drew Trump’s ire in a way Wednesday’s testimony did not. “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” wrote Trump. “She started off in Somalia, how did that go?
Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.”
As a foreign service officer, Yovanovitch was posted in Somalia early in her career, at a period when the East African nation was in turmoil from a civil war that began in 1991. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.,
Read the tweet to the former ambassador during her testimony and gave her an opportunity to respond.“I don’t think I have such powers, not in Mogadishu, Somalia, and not in other places,” Yovanovitch said.
“I actually think that where I’ve served over the years, I and others have demonstrably made things better for the U.S. as well as for the countries that I’ve served in. “Ukraine, for example, where there are huge challenges, including on the issue that we’re discussing today of corruption,
Huge challenges, but they’ve made a lot of progress since 2014, including in the years that I was there,” she added. “I think, in part,