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Marie Yovanovitch Says State Department Is in Trouble

Ousted ambassador says leaders lack 'moral clarity'

(Newser) - In some of her first public remarks since she played a major role in impeachment proceedings, former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch warned that the State Department is in trouble. Yovanovitch, who was ousted after pressure from President Trump's allies last year, spoke about the "hollowing out" of... More »

Yovanovitch: Our Democracy Is at Risk

Ousted ambassador urges Americans to 'stand up' amid 'turbulent times'

(Newser) - Marie Yovanovitch feels freer to speak her mind now that she's retired from the foreign service after 33 years, and the former ambassador to Ukraine is doing just that in a Washington Post op-ed. Yovanovitch, ousted in what her colleagues testified was a "smear campaign" against her by... More »

Ex-Ambassador to Ukraine Leaves State Department

Impeachment witness had been removed from her post

(Newser) - Marie Yovanovitch, who was forced out as US ambassador to Ukraine and became a witness in the House impeachment inquiry, has retired from the State Department. A career diplomat, she was in the foreign service for 33 years, in posts under Democratic and Republican presidents, NPR reports. After being ousted... More »

ABC: Trump Orders Envoy Fired in Recording

'Get rid of her! Get her out tomorrow. ... Take her out,' president seemingly said of ex-ambassador

(Newser) - President Trump has repeatedly said he doesn't know Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two associates of Rudy Giuliani who helped the ex-mayor investigate Joe Biden in Ukraine, and who were arrested in October . Parnas has since said he feels betrayed by Trump, which prompted him to turn over a... More »

New Impeachment Evidence Ties Parnas to Top Nunes Aide

Derek Harvey was in frequent contact with indicted Giuliani associate; Nunes hasn't commented

(Newser) - If you thought we were done hearing from Lev Parnas , you were wrong. The former associate of Rudy Giuliani has been making the media rounds , accusing President Trump and other big names of being directly involved in the pressure campaign against Ukraine's president to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden—... More »

FBI Visits Man Who Texted About Tailing Ambassador

Documents show Robert Hyde-Lev Parnas messages about watching Marie Yovanovitch

(Newser) - FBI agents on Thursday went to the home of Robert Hyde, the GOP congressional candidate whose newly released text messages suggested he was keeping former US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch under surveillance. Agents next went to Hyde's office, out of which he runs his landscaping business and Connecticut campaign, CNN... More »

Ukraine Opens Investigation Into Ambassador Allegations

Giuliani associates texted about tailing Marie Yovanovitch

(Newser) - Did associates of Rudy Giuliani in Ukraine have then-ambassador Marie Yovanovitch followed there? That's one of the accusations to surface in relation to one of those associates, Lev Parnas . Much is unclear about the accusation, but on Thursday, Ukraine said it would investigate, reports NBC News . The allegation arose... More »

Parnas: I Delivered Threat Over Biden Investigation

Giuilani associate says Trump 'knew exactly what was going on'

(Newser) - Lev Parnas, the Rudy Giuliani associate indicted for campaign finance violations, dropped more than one bombshell in an MSNBC interview Wednesday night. The Florida businessman told Rachel Maddow that he pressured Ukraine's president to dig up dirt on Joe and Hunter Biden—and President Trump "knew exactly what... More »

Dems Out With New Wave of Impeachment Evidence

Documents suggest ambassador to Ukraine was being followed, note suggests prodding Zelensky

(Newser) - House Democrats have released a trove of documents they obtained from Lev Parnas, a close associate of President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, including a handwritten note that mentions asking Ukraine's president to investigate "the Biden case." The documents, obtained as part of the impeachment investigation,... More »

In Real Time, Trump Tweet Is Focal Point in Testimony

President slams ex-ambassador Yovanovitch Friday, and she is asked to respond

(Newser) - Day two of the public impeachment hearings featured an oddity. Marie Yovanovitch , the former US ambassador to Ukraine, was asked to respond in real time to a Friday morning tweet from Trump in which he criticized her. Details and coverage:
  • Trump: "Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad," he
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Yovanovitch Shoots Down Congressman's Odd Theory

Did somebody pay diplomat George Kent to praise fellow diplomat Marie Yovanovitch?

(Newser) - In his questioning of Marie Yovanovitch during Friday's impeachment hearing , GOP Rep. Mike Conaway seemed to perplex the former ambassador with one of his queries. It happened after he referred to the testimony of diplomat George Kent earlier in the week:
  • Conaway: Kent "made some exemplary statements about
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Impeachment Hearings Day 2: 'That Woman' Ambassador

Marie Yovanovitch was abruptly ousted in April

(Newser) - The second day of the House Intelligence Committee's public impeachment hearings starts at 9am Eastern—and former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is expected to recount how she was abruptly ousted at the end of April. In closed-door testimony released last week, Yovanovitch said she was told that... More »

Impeachment Inquiry: Major New Phase Starts in 7 Days

Rep. Adam Schiff announces first public hearings

(Newser) - Mark your calendars: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Wednesday announced what the AP calls a "major new phase" of the impeachment inquiry. Public impeachment hearings will begin next Wednesday, Schiff said. Politico reports first up will be William Taylor , the top US diplomat in Ukraine, and Deputy... More »

First Transcripts From Impeachment Inquiry Are Out

Testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, Michael McKinley released

(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... More »

Report: Bolton Called Giuliani a 'Hand Grenade'

Aide Fiona Hill testifies on Ukraine frictions

(Newser) - President Trump's former top Russian adviser testified before House impeachment investigators Monday—and sources tell the New York Times that she had a lot to say about Rudy Giuliani, Ukraine, and John Bolton. The insiders say former National Security Council adviser Fiona Hill told lawmakers that in July, Bolton,... More »

Ex-Ambassador to Ukraine Speaks Out

Marie Yovanovitch says Trump pressured State Department to remove her over 'false claims'

(Newser) - 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.... More »

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