House Democrats Release Transcripts of Yovanovitch, McKinley Impeachment Testimony
The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine testified to impeachment investigators last month that she was shocked when she learned that President Trump had described her as “bad news” in a July 25 call with his Ukrainian counterpart, according to a transcript of her deposition released by House committees.
Marie Yovanovitch, whom Mr. Trump ordered removed from her ambassador post this spring, told investigators: “I was very surprised that President Trump would—first of all, that I would feature repeatedly in a presidential phone call, but secondly, that the President would speak about me or any ambassador in that way to a foreign counterpart.”
The transcript of Ms. Yovanovitch’s testimony was one of two released Monday by House committees running the impeachment inquiry. The committees also released a transcript of testimony by Michael McKinley, a former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who resigned from his post last month.
Ms. Yovanovitch also testified that she felt threatened by Mr. Trump’s assertion in that call that she would “go through some things.” She said: “I didn’t know what it meant. I was very concerned. I still am.”
The former ambassador also testified that there was a “concerted campaign” against her by Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Mr. Trump ordered her removal this spring after hearing from Mr. Giuliani and others that Ms. Yovanovitch was allegedly undermining him abroad, including obstructing investigations Mr. Giuliani was pursuing into Democrat Joe Biden and election interference.
Ms. Yovanovitch said she learned in late 2018 from Ukrainian officials that Mr. Giuliani was planning to target her. One official told her he was “very concerned” about Mr. Giuliani and “told me I really needed to watch my back.”
Bad news, watch your back, she’s going to go through some things?