Former Ukraine Ambassador Tells Congress Trump Pressured State Dept. To Fire Her
In prepared remarks before Congress, obtained by The Washington Post, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch said President Donald Trump pressured the State Department to remove her from her post.
Yovanovitch, a well-respected career diplomat, said the State Department’s No. 2 official told her she had done nothing wrong but would leave because Trump had lost confidence in her. She was also told that the State Department had been under intense pressure to remove her since the summer of 2018, The Post noted.
The ambassador left her post on May 20.
Yovanovitch pointed to “criticisms by Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, who had accused her of privately badmouthing the president and seeking to protect the interests of former vice president Joe Biden and his son who served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company,” as contributing to her dismissal.
She said she was “incredulous” that the State Department would remove her on the basis of “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.”
Yovanovitch also pointed to associates of Giuliani who might have personally benefited from her ouster, saying, “Contacts of Mr. Giuliani may well have believed that their personal financial ambitions were stymied by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine.”
The Post said Yovanovitch was slated to testify before Congress on Friday, despite objections by the White House.
Read Yovanovitch’s full remarks, courtesy of The Washington Post: