U.S. envoy to testify in impeachment probe, against State Dept order

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 12, 2019

The Trump administration, however, released the transcript of the call late last month, a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry against the us president.

A career diplomat who also has served as USA ambassador to two other countries, Ms Yovanovitch's stint as envoy in Kiev was cut short when she was recalled to Washington as Trump allies levelled unsubstantiated charges of disloyalty and other allegations against her. Her decision to appear could trigger a wave of testimony by disaffected officials and the collapse of the administration's efforts to silence them.

For the past several months, the Trump White House has pushed the authorities in Kyiv to investigate Burisma Group, a big gas-production company, and the role there of Hunter Biden, who served on its board, along with actions of Mr. Biden when he was overseeing USA policy toward Ukraine.

The call, first revealed in a complaint from an intelligence community whistleblower, coupled with a resulting inquiry by the intelligence community inspector general, prompted House Democrats to open an impeachment inquiry, which could lead to a vote to impeach Trump by the end of the year. "As is required of her, the Ambassador is now complying with the subpoena and answering questions from both Democratic and Republican Members and staff", Reps. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she wants the committees to move "expeditiously" as they decide whether to move forward with a formal impeachment vote.

The eight-page letter sent to the three committee chairmen argued that the inquiry runs afoul of congressional norms, and accuses the Democrats of failing to afford the president due process protections and fair treatment.

"You have conducted your proceedings in secret".

"Although I understand that I served at the pleasure of the president, I was nevertheless incredulous that the USA government chose to remove an Ambassador based, as best as I can tell, on unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives", Yovanovitch said in her statement.

Yovanovitch became the target in March of allegations - vehemently denied by the State Department - that she gave a Ukrainian prosecutor a list of people not to prosecute.

In case it's not clear, this is BIG TIME CORRUPTION STUFF. Lutsenko claimed to have received from the ambassador Yovanovitch a list of people whose prosecution the Ukrainians were advised not to pursue. He noted scheduled depositions with Fiona Hill, who left the National Security Council in August, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, State Department Counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl, and Amb. Lutsenko later retracted his accusations about the list.

The decision to dismiss her several months earlier reportedly followed the USA president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other conservatives claiming she was biased against the president.

Yovanovitch was abruptly removed from her post earlier this year with very little explanation. Former diplomats said it was inconceivable Trump would give her another assignment, triggering her retirement. She said during that time neither he or the previous administration raised the issue of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma or Hunter Biden.

On Wednesday a poll by Fox News, which is supportive of the president, found that 51% of voters are in favour of impeaching Mr Trump and removing him from office.

Also, Miller said Hunter Biden flying to China on Air Force Two when his father was vice president shows "corruption" because he soon benefited financially via payment from a Chinese firm.

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