Former Ambassador To Ukraine Says Donald Trump Personally Pressured Her To Kick Her Out

WASHINGTON.-The booklet in which the case has been converted due to pressure from US President Donald Trump to Ukraine today brought a new revelation during the appearance before the Congress of the US former ambassador to that country, who said the president pressed personally to be removed from the post.

The diplomat Marie Yovanovitch testified before the three committees of the lower house that are carrying out investigations to study whether a political trial is opened against Trump for pressuring Kiev to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter for alleged corruption in Ukraine.

In recent days, the US press had reported that Trump ordered the withdrawal of Yovanovitch last spring after months of complaints from his collaborators outside the Government, such as his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.


And this Friday the former ambassador in Ukraine confirmed it to lawmakers:

"After the (State) Department asked me at the beginning of March to extend my service period until 2020, they told me abruptly at the end of April to return to Washington from Ukraine 'on the next plane,'" the diplomat said. , according to a copy of his statement obtained by The Washington Post.

Then, Yovanovitch met with the Undersecretary of State, John Sullivan, who notified the "reduction" of his mission.

Sullivan "said that the president had lost confidence in me and that he did not want me to serve as his ambassador any longer. He added that there had been a coordinated campaign against me, and that the (State) Department had been under pressure from the President to take me off since the summer of 2018, "said the diplomat.

According to Yovanovitch, Sullivan – whom Trump is considering nominating as a new ambassador to Russia – also told him that she "had done nothing wrong and that this was not like other situations in which ambassadors are fired for a good cause."

In the opinion of the official, the expulsion of the charge was due to "false and baseless complaints by people whose motivations are clearly questionable."

In addition, he hinted that his dismissal may have to do with Giuliani's financial interests in Ukraine, which is under the magnifying glass of Democratic investigators after the arrest of two of his contacts on Thursday.

"I don't know Mr. Giuliani's motives for attacking me," Yovanovitch wrote.

"But individuals who have been named in the press as contacts of Mr. Giuliani may have believed that their personal financial ambitions were in danger with our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine," he added.

Two Giuliani partners, Ukrainian Lev Parnas and Belarusian Igor Fruman, face federal charges in the US for channeling thousands of dollars in foreign donations to US political campaigns to gain influence.

Giuliani had acknowledged in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that, before Yovanovitch's withdrawal, he had transmitted to Trump that the ambassador had been against the president in private conversations.

For Giuliani, the diplomat was an obstacle in her efforts to force Ukraine to investigate the Biden.

In light of what happened, Yovanovitch denounced efforts to undermine the US Foreign portfolio:

"Today we see the State Department attacked and weakened from within."

In that sense, "the leadership of the State Department, with Congress, needs to act now to defend this great institution and its thousands of loyal and effective employees. We need to reconstruct diplomacy as the first resource to progress in the interests of the United States and as first line of the EU, "he said.

Following this statement, the three committees of the Lower Chamber – the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Supervisory Committee – complained in a statement of the State Department's efforts so that Yovanovitch did not offer his testimony and explained that for that reason issued a subpoena to appear.

The White House warned this week that it was not going to collaborate in the investigations of the Democrats and has tried to torpedo several appearances.

Just today, the lawyers of the US ambassador to the European Union (EU), Gordon Sondland, one of the key witnesses in the investigation, announced that he will offer his testimony in Congress next Thursday, after receiving a subpoena and that the State Department will avoid it this week.

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