Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, ended her daylong testimony, Friday, November 15, in congressional impeachment inquiry hearing into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
A career diplomat, Yovanovitch was U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from July 2016 to May 2019, when she was unceremoniously recalled to Washington after Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, and his allies waged what her colleagues and Democrats have described as a smear campaign against her.
Two Giuliani associates, recently arrested on charges of campaign finance violations, are accused of lobbying former Republican House member Pete Sessions of Texas for her ouster. Her removal sent shock waves through the Foreign Service, with more than 50 former female U.S. ambassadors writing a letter to Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging protection of Foreign Service officers from political retaliation.
Yovanovitch testified last month that she felt threatened and worried about her safety after Trump said “she’s going to go through some things.” She also told lawmakers that U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland had recommended she praise Trump on Twitter if she wanted to save her job.