Trump impeachment: Marie Yovanovitch says she was ousted over 'false claims'
Oct 12 2019
The three main House committees conducting the impeachment inquiry have released a set of text messages obtained from former USA envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, including one Volker sent to Zelenskiy aide Andrey Yermak saying, "We will nail down date for visit to Washington" if Zelenskiy "convinces Trump he will investigate".
Her testimony is part of an impeachment inquiry against the U.S. president.
Sondland had been set to testify earlier this week, but his appearance was abruptly blocked by the State Department. Trump announced Friday, Oct. 11, that he's picked John Sullivan, deputy secretary of state, for the post.
That move raised already simmering tensions between the White House and congressional Democrats conducting a probe that could lead to the impeachment of the president, something that has happened only twice in USA history. I do not know Mr. Giuliani's motives for attacking me.
"And although I have met former Vice President Biden several times over the course of our many years in government, neither he nor the previous administration ever, directly or indirectly, raised the issue of either Burisma or Hunter Biden with me", she said.
Yovanovitch is now a State Department fellow at Georgetown University.
She arrived on Capitol Hill on Friday despite the White House's stated objections and refusal to cooperate with the Democrat-led proceedings.
Up until the time of her arrival, there was uncertainty about whether the White House or State Department would try to block her testimony.
The Wall Street Journalreported earlier this month that Trump recalled Yovanovitch from her post after Giuliani and others complained that she was undermining the USA president and "obstructing efforts to persuade Kyiv to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden".
His lawyers said that although Sondland will appear at the hearing, he will not be producing the "relevant documents" directed by the subpoena.
In a letter to House Democrats last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed back against Democrats' request to interview five current and former State Department employees, including Yovanovitch.
A whistle-blower complaint detailed Trump's July 25 phone call with Zelenskiy, with Trump asking him to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival. She is also expected to be asked about the circumstances that led to her own ouster.
Biden, the former US vice president, is a leading Democratic contender for the right to face Trump in the November 2020 presidential election. "But individuals who have been named in the press as contacts of Mr Giuliani may well have believed that their personal financial ambitions were stymied by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine", she said.
She concluded by expressing "deep disappointment and dismay" she felt as the events in Ukraine unfolded, including her removal.
The national security council's former senior director for Europe and Russia, Fiona Hill, is due to speak to the House committees on Monday.
Parnas sought the help of a USA congressman to get Trump to remove Yovanovitch, according to the indictment.
He revealed text messages between United States diplomats documenting the Trump administration's efforts to have Ukraine investigate the company that employed Mr Biden's son.