Advisers React To Trump Attacking Yovanovitch

Cheryl Sanders
November 16, 2019

"I don't think I have such powers", she said, adding that she believes her and her colleagues have made the places she's been "demonstrably better".

On a momentous day on Capitol Hill, another official provided damning closed-door testimony to impeachment investigators, reportedly outlining how he overheard a phone call on which Trump asked about "investigations" he had requested from Ukraine into domestic political rivals. When asked by Schiff about the tweet, Yovanovitch responded: "I can't speak to what the president is trying to do, but I think the effect is to be intimidating". Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., sought a "point of order", to ask about how the hearings were being conducted.

Schiff then warned the president that, "some of us here take witness intimidation very, very seriously".

"The president in real-time is attacking you", Schiff said.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives to testify during the second public hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill on November 15, 2019 in Washington D.C.

During the November 15 hearing, the Democrats' lawyer Daniel Goldman, reviewed a log of a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Why do you think he was tweeting about her?" She was recalled after being smeared by Trump allies, including his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, his son Donald Trump Jr. and Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Trump is alleged to have used United States military aid to Ukraine as leverage to pressure President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former U.S. vice president Joe Biden, a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election. "We didn't really see it that way". "It was not brought to my attention during the two and a half years that I served under President Trump as our ambassador to Ukraine", Yovanovitch said.

And ironically (given the person in the White House right now), she quietly observed that "corrupt leaders are inherently less trustworthy, while an honest and accountable Ukrainian leadership makes a U.S".

"The color drained from my face", said Yovanovitch when asked about her reaction. "I'm not sure that the president's tweet that he sent out while she was on the stand was particularly well advised".

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