He's the first official from the Office of Management and Budget to defy U.S. President Donald Trump's instructions not to testify.
Following the testimony, Congressman Schiff said this is a story about "an effort to coerce, condition, or bribe a foreign country into doing the dirty work of the president, investigations of his political rival, by conditioning U.S. taxpayer money, by conditioning a meeting that President Zelensky desperately wanted and needed to establish that relationship with the most powerful patron of Ukraine, the United States of America".
Mr Trump has dismissed the impeachment inquiry as "presidential harassment". Add Impeachment Inquiry as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Impeachment Inquiry news, video, and analysis from ABC News. But it certainly can be considered by the House when it gets around to drawing up articles of impeachment. Trump took to Twitter during Yovanovitch's testimony to criticize her diplomatic record. "Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him".
"Would you like to respond to the president's attack that everywhere you went "turned bad"?" "I have freedom of speech just like other people do".
According to a Saturday morning report in the New York Times, Trump's tweets raised new doubts among the President's advisers and allies, given the upcoming public testimonies next week of eight witnesses over the course of three days.
She said professional public servants serve USA interests regardless of who occupies the White House, and she invoked the diplomats who were killed in the 2012 Benghazi attacks, tortured in captivity in Iran, and injured in mysterious attacks in Cuba.
Yovanovitch, who is known for her anti-corruption record, was posted to Ukraine in 2016 where she served as USA ambassador until being forced out in May 2019.
"It's created to intimidate, is it not?"
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"I can't speak to what the President is trying to do but I think the effect is to be intimidating".
She also said that in April she was abruptly told by telephone to return to Washington.
One allegation in the impeachment inquiry is that Giuliani - acting on behalf of the president - sidelined American diplomats and official US policy to pursue a widely debunked theory that corrupt Ukrainian politicians interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help the Democratic candidate, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.
President Donald Trump demanded an apology from Democrats after a senior Ukrainian official insisted America's European Union ambassador did not link a military aid freeze to a corruption investigation of Joe Biden and his son. She said she never talked with them about probes relating to Biden.
'After that large meeting, I now recall speaking individually with Mr. Yermak, where I said resumption of USA aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for weeks, ' Sondland continued. "Clearly no one at the State Department did".
Ironically, Yovanovitch had learned of her ouster from Ukraine while honoring a murdered Ukrainian anti-corruption activist.
On Friday, former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was the third, testifying about the events surrounding her abrupt removal from her position in May 2019. The U.S. government has long supported that vision for Ukraine, believing that anti-corruption, pro-democracy efforts in Ukraine are good for America, too. Watching her read her opening statement today was even more so.