The former American ambassador to Ukraine says President Trump himself pressured the State Department to remove her from that post over "false claims," reports NBC News. Marie Yovanovitch was testifying behind closed doors Friday to House impeachment investigators, but her opening remarks were made available to multiple outlets. Details:
- 'Incredulous': Yovanovitch says she was “incredulous” she lost her post "based, as far as I can tell, on unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives," per the New York Times. In fact, she says deputy secretary of state John Sullivan told her she had "done nothing wrong and that this was not like other situations where he had recalled ambassadors for cause." However, Sullivan told her Trump had "lost confidence" in her, and Sullivan referred to a "concerted campaign" against her.
- Giuliani: Yovanovitch says Rudy Giuliani and his associates spread "fictitious" stories that she was badmouthing Trump in private, reports the Washington Post. “I do not know Mr. Giuliani’s motives for attacking me,” she said. But his associates "may well have believed that their personal financial ambitions were stymied by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine."