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First Transcripts From Impeachment Inquiry Are Out

Testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, Michael McKinley released
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2019 12:39 PM CST
Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives on Capitol Hill, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The first transcripts from closed-door testimony in the impeachment inquiry have been released. House investigators on Monday released the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, and of Michael McKinley, a former State Department adviser. Republicans have been demanding the move, notes the AP, saying that Democrats have been releasing skewed snippets of testimony so far.

  • Read Yovanovitch's testimony in full here. (Initial news coverage of her testimony is here.)
  • Read McKinley's testimony in full here.
  • More to come: The testimony of two big names will be released Tuesday, reports the Washington Post: Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine.
  • New details: Outlets were still assessing the transcripts, but one item being reported is that Yovanovitch spoke about how Ukrainian officials warned her that Rudy Giuliani and other allies of President Trump were "looking to hurt" her. She also said Sondland advised her to tweet praise of Trump in order to save her job, reports NBC News. Yovanovitch was eventually removed from her post.
(Read more Trump impeachment stories.)

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