Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump impeachment: President's allies were 'looking to hurt' former ambassador

Trump impeachment: President's allies were 'looking to hurt' former ambassador

She said, "I mean, he may not have used the words "support President Trump", but he said: You know the President".

The Democrats will continue to release the full depositions of witnesses who have testified as part of the impeachment inquiry into Trump.

Michael McKinley, a former top adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, told the House committees leading the impeachment probe that he resigned his post after a "puzzling and baffling" lack of support for the former US ambassador to Ukraine, according to a transcript of his testimony released Monday.

Melber brought up the attacks on Yovanovitch at the time and remarked, "while those public attacks were occurring, Fox News taking a sudden interest in a random ambassador, Rudy Giuliani was pushing his Ukraine plot".

Volker and Sondland, with Trump's secretary of energy, Rick Perry, were known as the "three amigos", responsible for Trump's unofficial channel to Ukrainian government officials, witnesses testified.

The former envoy also told investigators that she was not disloyal to the president.

She understood they were looking to expand their business interests in Ukraine "and that they needed a better ambassador to sort of facilitate their business efforts here".

"I described my concern that [Giuliani] is projecting a damaging or a negative image about Ukraine, and that's reaching the President, and that I am trying to work with Ukrainians to correct that messaging, correct that impression", Volker said. In response, he encouraged her to tweet her support for Trump on social media.

A Soviet-born associate of Rudy Giuliani charged with federal campaign finances is now prepared to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry involving President Donald Trump, reversing course from an earlier position, his attorney said Monday. "Ambassador Sondland squarely states that he "did not know, (and still does not know) when, why or by whom the aid was suspended.' He also said he 'presumed" there was a link to the aid-but can not identify any solid source for that assumption". "I want Zelenskiy to do the right thing".

In her testimony, Yovanovitch shed light on the details surrounding her abrupt departure from her post this spring, noting that the State Department "had been under pressure from the president to remove me since the summer of 2018", despite an assurance from a department official that she had "done nothing wrong". "That allegation is false". She did say that the assistance programme for Ukraine was increased, "due to the generosity of the Congress", including the lethal weapons that the Trump administration chose to provide.

"The timing of my resignation was the result of two overriding concerns: the failure, in my view, of the state department to offer support to foreign service employees caught up in the impeachment inquiry; and, second, by what appears to be the utilisation of our ambassadors overseas to advance domestic political objectives", he added, according to the transcript.

-I didn't know what I wanted to say, I Was very anxious.

"'They tried to take me down.' He kept saying that over and over", Sondland recalled Trump saying.

The career diplomat said she doesn't, "so far", fear for her safety.

"Based on evidence gathered in the impeachment inquiry and public reporting, we believe that you possess substantial first-hand knowledge and information relevant to the House's impeachment inquiry", they wrote.

Yovanovitch detailed a campaign to oust her from her post, and when she spoke to Sondland about the campaign against her, he told her that she should tweet her praise for Trump.

"I don't think his name ever crossed my lips", McKinley said. He said the silence from top leaders was "puzzling and baffling".

Kent told McKinley that Kent had been questioning why the document requests from Congress were not being delivered to him from higher-ups at the State Department on a "timely basis".

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) is also one among many other Republicans who condemned Democratic lawmakers for not being straightforward with the American public.

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