Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, testified that she had no firsthand knowledge of the July 25 phone call between Trump Ukrainian President Zelensky as well as no direct knowledge about any withholding of military aid—the center points of the Democrat-run impeachment inquiry.
House Democrats called Yovanovitch to testify amid their impeachment inquiry against Trump. They alleged that Trump abused his power by withholding military aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations into Joe and Hunter Biden, which Trump denies.
Yovanovitch then claimed that allies of Trumps lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, hindered her work in the State Department.
“If our chief representative is kneecapped, it limits our effectiveness to safeguard the vital national security interests of the United States,” Yovanovitch said.
As the hearing began, Trump tweeted that she performed poorly in her duties.
“Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. 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. Presidents absolute right to appoint ambassadors,” he wrote at 10 a.m.
Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) brought up Trumps tweet during the hearing, suggesting that it was “witness intimidation.” She also said “its very intimidating,” adding, “I mean, I cant speak to what the President is trying to do, but I think the effect is trying to be intimidating.”
Regarding the allegations at the center of the impeachment inquiry—the investigations into the Bidens and military aid—Yovanovitch said she had no firsthand knowledge.
“There are a number of events you are investigating to which I cannot bring any first-hand knowlRead More – Source