Envoy to Ukraine was removed after pushback on Rudy Giuliani
Marie L. Yovanovitch was removed from her post as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine after insisting that a request to Ukrainian officials to investigate President Donald Trump’s political rival be conveyed through official channels, according to a fellow former diplomat. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Marie Yovanovitch
Marie Yovanovitch is expected to testify on Friday

The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was removed from her post after insisting that Rudy Giuliani’s requests to Ukrainian officials for investigations be relayed through official channels, according to a former diplomat who has spoken with her.

The ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, is scheduled to testify before congressional lawmakers on Friday as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Democrats say they expect her to appear despite the White House’s position that no administration officials cooperate with the probe.

Yovanovitch was recalled from Kyiv in May as Giuliani — who is Trump’s personal attorney and has no official role in the U.S. government — pushed Ukrainian officials to investigate baseless corruption allegations against Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

In a July 25 call, Trump told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that Yovanovitch was “bad news,” according to a partial transcript released by the White House.

Neither Giuliani nor Trump have specified their objections. But a former diplomat, recalling a recent conversation with Yovanovitch, said she was removed after insisting that a request for Ukrainian officials to join in an investigation be relayed according to long-established protocol.

The former diplomat said Yovanovitch refused to do “all this offline, personal, informal stuff” and made clear that the U.S. government had formal ways to request foreign governments’ help with investigations.

The former diplomat insisted on anonymity to disclose the private conversation.

The State Department traditionally relies on mutual legal assistance treaties, under which U.S. and foreign officials agree to exchange evidence and information in criminal investigations.

Yovanovitch is scheduled to speak to the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform committees behind closed doors Friday as part of the impeachment investigation. Despite Trump’s assertion that his administration will not cooperate, three people familiar with the deposition said that Yovanovitch is expected to appear. The people requested anonymity to discuss the closed-door meeting.

On Thursday, 10 Democratic senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding an explanation for Yovanovitch’s removal before the end of her three-year assignment.

“In particular, her early recall raises questions about whether you put the personal interests of the President above the Department’s career personnel or U.S. foreign policy,” they wrote.

Associated Press


2 comments

  • Ray Blacklidge

    October 11, 2019 at 11:33 am

    The public sees through the Media’s mantra of to investigate “baseless corruption allegations” against Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

    Show me proof that what Giuliani has showing corruption by Joe Biden, Hunter Biden and the straw man prosecutor they put into office in the Ukraine is baseless, you can’t.

    Yes if someone sees something in the Press three times they will believe its real, whether or not it actually is, however because of tactics like this even the AP has lost credibility with the majority of America’s population.

    Why doesn’t the media ever use the “baseless allegations” mantra when talking about the President or any of his supporters? Well it’s simple the AP like most of the media is just another arm of the deep, wide swamp that is sucking the life pout of America.

  • Sonja Emily Fitch

    October 11, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    OMG TRUMP IS EVIL. MOSCOW MITCH AND GARBAGE GRAHAM ARE THE LEADERS OF THE goptrump CULT. ARE THERE ANY GOOD AND DECENT REPUBLICANS? SO FAR NONE FROM FLORIDA.

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