The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine is set to appear Friday in the second public hearing in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine.
Marie Yovanovitch will appear before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to answers questions about her time as ambassador and how she was recalled from that position.
Yovanovitch’s appointment ended in May after what she described as a smear campaign by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, a campaign Yovanovitch said had Trump’s backing.
She testified in an October closed-door hearing that she became more aware of the role Giuliani had assumed when it came to foreign policy, especially in Ukraine. A senior Ukrainian official told her in February, she testified, that she “needed to watch my back.”
The public hearings come after nearly two months of closed-door hearings into Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats say the call is proof of Trump’s request for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in exchange for military aid to the country.
Trump has maintained that the call to Zelensky was “perfect.”
The first hearing was held Wednesday when William Taylor, chargé d’affaires for Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, testified for several hours.
Here is what we know about Friday’s hearing with Yovanovitch.
What time: The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. ET
What channel: The hearing will be broadcast live on CSPAN, CNN, Fox News and other cable news channels.
Live stream: The hearings will be live streamed on the Intelligence Committee’s website, among other sites. You can find the live stream here when the hearings start.
Indeed! One is known by the company he keeps. He has no friends. I read he went to Walter Reed’s for a sudden physical exam. Right after the announcement about Dodger Stone. Can we say Karma?
Yovanovitch Was Honoring Acid-Murdered Anti-Corruption Activist When Recalled
U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was holding an event to honor a murdered Ukrainian anti-corruption activists when she received the call from Washington that President Trump had booted her from her post.
Yovanovitch told the House impeachment inquiry on Friday that she was holding an event in honor of Kateryna Handziuk, an activist who died last year after being doused in sulfuric acid.
“We thought it was important that justice be done for Katya and others who fight corruption in Ukraine because it’s not kind of a table-top exercise there,” Yovanovitch said, adding that she was giving Handziuk’s father a “woman of courage” award at the event in his daughter’s honor.
It was at 10:00 p.m local time on April 24, however, in the middle of the event that Yovanovitch received a phone call from the State Department’s director general telling her to get on the next plane to Washington.
“I asked her what is the next step,” Yovanovitch recalled. “She said she would try to find out more and to try to call me by midnight.” The official told Yovanovitch in a later phone call that an unspecified security issue demanded her departure from Kyiv, which later turned out to be untrue.
The corrupt circumstances that led to Yovanovitch’s removal show a stark contrast with the painful demise of Handziuk.
As an activist in Ukraine’s southern city of Kherson, Handziuk exposed corruption in local law enforcement. In one case, she successfully fought off a libel lawsuit filed by a Kherson police chief after she accused him taking a 3 percent cut from all contracts and tenders under his supervision.
Those accused of directly perpetrating the attack have been charged with murder in Ukrainian courts, but activists have complained that higher level officials who may have ordered the hit on Handziuk have escaped accountability.
The attack came as many anti-corruption activists in Ukraine faced violent attacks. When asked about the spate of violence in September 2018, none other than then-prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko blamed the activists themselves for “total hatred of the authorities” and for “stirring up society.”
Lutsenko later pushed for Yovanovitch’s removal.
“…Maybe we should talk to Rudy, huh..” – Congressman Krishnamoorthi
Giuliani’s greed and arrogance is coming home to roost..
And this is when we along with the rest of the world find out just how much of a coward and wimp, Rudy is..
That seriously thirsty and obnoxious Stefanik gal… ugh..
Wonder what gig she’s auditioning for..
The shade 😂 😂
Rik, why is your pal Chuck Rosenberg using the ‘Mr’ honorific to address President Obama.. None of these folks have ever forgotten to carefully attach the p-honorific to the treasonous buffoon.. But they’re so easy to revert back to ‘Mr’ for President Obama..
I dunno. so not cool.
Will Hurd needs to go sit down some place.. grow a pair.. maybe beg the Ambassador to loan him her spares..
May I just say that all the Dems on this committee are serious, have done their homework and are all doing a fantastic job..
Extremely proud of of each and every one of them..
From Silverman about Castor:
Adam L Silverman
NOVEMBER 15, 2019 AT 12:56 PM
@BobS: He is unprepared because he thought Stefanik was going to be asking her about the conspiracy theories they’re pushing as a defense/smokescreen. So he has to tap dance because Schiff wouldn’t let Nunes yield his time to Stefanik. I think the idea was that the optics would look better if a young woman questioned Ambassador Yovanovitch, rather than any of the Republican men of the committee. And with the exception of Stefanik, every Republican on the committee is a man.
She studied Russian history at Princeton.. studied Russian at the war college..
Told you fam, she knew some stuff.. she made them nervous..
Don’t let the soft voice fool you.. this is a tough, well-seasoned diplomat who knew her way around and had all their numbers..
She was in their way, so they wanted her out in exchange for a dumb political appointee.. certainly one of the dumber prospects that’d come from this Orwellian set-up, courtesy of the buffoon..
Adam Schiff is not taking any crap from these fools.. and is certainly putting these repug a-holes in their place..
P.S: Holbrooke was an official State Dept appointed envoy..
Read on another blog that her actual rank in the State Department would be the equivalent of a 3-star General, if she was in the military. There’s only one rank above her. She’s THAT good and tough.
Not surprised.. 33 years as a career foreign service officer.. 3-time Ambassador.. she clearly knows some things..
It also helps that as a first generation Russian-American, she understood the general mindset and overarching cultural norms.. even if she didn’t speak the language fluently at first..
Having tried and failed …and seen just how hard it’ll be to smear her, the repugs have now turned from trying to discredit her, to trying to shine up the treasonous turd by trying to shift blame to, and to indict President Obama..
She rightly made it clear that it was Congress who appropriated & approved the funds for Ukraine.. not the treasonous buffoon who wants to take (and demands to be given) credit ..and wants folks to believe he has any such power of the purse..
Ken Vogel sucks..
Indict Rudy Giuliani!
Looks like Roger Stone brought his guy from rent-a-pastor …😂😂
I told my brother…what is this shyt here? People will do ANYTHING for money. BA!
Roger Stone is a mess..
We’ll need him to go away for a while and cool his crooked heels and take a break from his shenanigan-rich existence in some jail..
Couldn’t be happening to a more deserving guy..
Sort of curious where Castor is coming from/going with his ‘nice’ guy interrogation..
He’s going for Hunter Biden, I think… and he’s either making her comfortable to blindside her with some gotcha, or, he’s actually an attorney who knows there’s life after this crap..
I so resent seeing this undeserving crooked thing walking the same corridors that our historic President and First Lady walked..
It irks me to no end..
Psalm 37:7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; fret not when men prosper in their ways, when they carry out wicked schemes.
My snack while watching the #ImpeachmentHearings is a Blue Bell Fudge Bar. Is it too early for that?
Roger Stone convicted on all counts..
Facing up to 50 years..
I know.. LOL..
Saw your tweet and SG’s as soon as I posted..
Breaking News: Roger Stone found guilty on all 7 counts
ROGER STONE GUILTY!!!!
ON 3 COUNTS…
YES YES YES
Chuck wants to throw hands
When even FOX has to admit it 😒😒🙄🙄
Love how Adam Schiff stopped the proceedings to calmly inform the treasonous buffoon – and his cohort – that he was committing another crime in real time..
Schiff👏is👏not👏here👏 for 👏 the 👏 bullshyt 👏
That’s what a combo Harvard education and years as a seasoned prosecutor thankfully, gets us..
Also helps that he’s a solid, principled human..
Can’t overstate the importance of the professionalism, humanity and intellectual depth of both Schiff and Goldman.. Together, they’ve been masterful.. An excellent team.. very well-prepared..
Schiff’s background as a seasoned prosecutor comes in very handy..
I’m glad he gave the Ambassador a moment to go collect herself.. and also read the tweets and prepare to tackle Nunes and his cohort of shameless water-carriers..
Notice how the repugs moved to try to stop him from giving her a break ..just so they could do some fast gotchas based on the guilty treasonous buffoon’s tweet-storm..
And Adam Schiff cut them right off..
Marie Yovanovitch speak the truth like David did against Goliath. Your testimony is powerful. #TheEnemyIsShook #ImpeachmentHearings
Mike Pompeo need to go to prison
He needs to be impeached too 😠😠
This is so fkn scary
I wish everyone would stop misusing the president honorific.. it rankles..
We have no president at the moment.. period..
Schiff was the right choice. I think he was seething for those 2 years that Nunes was in charge. He was livid.
They were going to have Marie Yovanovitch killed. #ImpeachmentHearings
Being of Russian descent.. she appears to have unnerved folks …she appears to have known some stuff …a bit more than they would’ve liked..
I hope today makes clear and plain that there was a shadow government doing foreign policy for the United States. What was done to this Ambassador was a damn shame.
Look at these mofos trying to disrupt the #ImpeachmentHearings