Trump tweet attacks former ambassador during her impeachment testimony

Clay Curtis
November 16, 2019

She said that was why Trump "attacked" former United States Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch on Twitter during her Congressional testimony.

"Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad", he wrote.

The moral of Yovanovitch's story is this: While Ukraine has tried to move toward democracy and the rule of law, the United States under Trump-through an unofficial, private channel divorced from USA interests and devoid of oversight-has moved away from them.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff read the tweet aloud during the hearing and asked Yovanovitch to respond to it.

Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine, and President Trump.

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Yovanovitch was appointed to serve as ambassador to Kyrgyzstan and then Armenia by President George W. Bush, and as ambassador to Ukraine by President Barack Obama before she was removed from the position by Trump earlier this year.

Scene two-Washington, D.C. The American president's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has teamed up with two corrupt Ukrainian prosecutors and two gangster-like Ukrainian characters now under federal criminal indictment. Yovanovitch explained why corruption in Ukrainian politics is bad for the United States: "If Russia prevails and Ukraine falls to Russian dominion, we can expect to see other attempts by Russia to expand its territory and influence".

Asked what effect Trump's tweet might have on her and other witnesses, Yovanovitch appeared unnerved. "We take this kind of witness intimidation and obstruction of inquiry very seriously".

More public hearings in the House are scheduled for this coming week. "I think he knows full well that he's in that office way over his head and so he has to diminish everyone else". Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., sought a "point of order", to ask about how the hearings were being conducted. In that phone call, Trump said Yovanovitch is "going to go through some things".

Yovanovitch levelled criticism at State Department leadership, and by extension Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for failing to push back against forces that "apparently hijacked our Ukraine policy", or to support her in the face of "dangerously wrong" attacks against her. "I think. Even now, words kind of fail me". "I think I even had a physical reaction".

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