The White House fired Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, and then told her not to appear before Congress. However, the House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena, reports POLITICO’s Anita Kumar (video below).
Yovanovitch ignored the White House’s demand, and told impeachment investigators behind closed doors that a top State Department official told her that President Donald Trump had pushed for her removal for months even though the department believed she had “done nothing wrong,” notes the New York Times. Yovanovitch said that she was removed as ambassador “based, as far as I can tell, on unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.” Yovanovitch also warned that “contacts of Mr. Giuliani may well have believed that their personal financial ambitions were stymied by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine,” reports the Washington Post.
The White House directed Yovanovitch not to appear for her interview so the House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena to compel her testimony, according to the committee— Anita Kumar (@anitakumar01) October 11, 2019
The White House sent talking points to Republicans, arguing that Yovanovitch should be using a State Department attorney instead of her own lawyer, because she had access to classified information, reports CNN’s Jeremy Herb.
Just got ahold of WH talking points on Yovanovitch that were sent to the Hill today. Key point they’re raising is she is not represented by an administration lawyer and that Schiff is putting her in a “precarious position” by allowing her to appear without one— Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) October 11, 2019
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Washington Post reporter Rachel Bade notes that the White House suggested Democrats were putting Yovanovitch in harm’s way without that State lawyer, Yovanovitch testified it was the opposite and that State officials thought the gov had “our backs & protect[ed] us.”
Can CONFIRM WH talking points being circulated, suggesting Dems putting Yovanovich in harms way w/out a State lawyer. But she testified it was the OPPOSITE-that State officials thought the gov had “our backs & protect[ed] us”— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) October 11, 2019
“That basic understanding no longer holds true” https://t.co/4NZISPragV
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