The exembajadora in Ukraine denounces pressures of Trump to fire her “with false accusations,” What has transpired up to now the research of ‘impeachment’ to Trump?
The exembajadora of the united States in Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch described to members of congress last October 11 a smear campaign against her, orchestrated by the inner circle of Donald Trump. So it is revealed in the transcript, made public this Monday, the questioning before lawmakers investigating the impeachment of the president. To date, the testimonies of witnesses have been carried out behind closed doors, and they had barely transcended the copies of the initial interventions that these were prepared. But now, after the House voted last week a resolution requiring the committees involved to publish the transcripts and to begin to lead the interrogation with light and smooth operation, the account earns in details. This Monday, we have published interviews with Yovanovitch and the exconsejero Department of State Michael McKinley. On Tuesday, it will be the turn of the two key witnesses: Kurt Volker, exenviado special to the Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union.
—what did you feel threatened?
Yovanovitch referred to the president himself Trump, whose Administration represented in the country exsoviético. In a telephone conversation on the 25th of July with the president in Ukrainian, Volodímir Zelenski, Donald Trump asks for the “favor” that you investigate certain activities in the country of their democratic rivals. That call, which transpired thanks to the complaint of an anonymous informant, is the one that led the democrats to start the process of impeachment. In it, the president Trump talks with his counterpart on Yovanovitch, who is referred to as “bad news” and who says that “we are going to spend some things.”
—That shocked me. I was very surprised that, in the first place, I appeared repeatedly in a telephone conversation, but, in the second place, that the president speak of me or any ambassador that way to a foreign counterparts.
—What understood you wanted to say?
—I didn’t know what I wanted to say, I Was very worried. I still am.
So then the ambassador had already been called back to the united States. I explained, knowing in the point of view of the president and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who led that kind of diplomatic channel parallel to that established for Ukraine, of which they have spoken to numerous witnesses. What is striking is that Yovanovitch learned, he says, by official Ukrainian.
—When did you knew for the first time that Giuliani had some interest or was communicating with someone in Ukraine?
—Probably in November or December of 2018.
—Describe the circumstances of how you learned.
—it was Basically people in the Government Ukrainian the told me that [Yuriy] Lutsenko, the exfiscal general, was in communication with Giuliani, and that they had plans, and they were going to, you know, to do things, including me.
later, asked whether he had further discussions with officials and ukrainians over Giuliani among the end of 2018 and may of 2019, when Yovanovitch was. “I think that was in February,” he says. “One of the high positions in Ukrainian was very concerned and told me that I needed to cover the backs”.
the transcript of The interrogation, nine hours reflected in 317 pages, provided no explosive news about what happened after his testimony. But add juicy details about the alleged campaign that ended with the dismissal of the prestigious diplomatic, with four decades of experience, to clear the way for the efforts of Giuliani to investigate allegations of corruption, unfounded against the former vice president Joe Biden, one of the favorites to face Trump in the presidential election of 2020, and their son, Hunter, who was on the board of a large company ukraine of gas.
The ambassador said that he knew about the efforts of Giuliani by “finding things that may affect the presidential race” Biden. And involved the former mayor of New York city and two businessmen associated with him, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, accused in U.S. of illegal funding of the campaign, to be a part of the campaign to end it. “They needed an ambassador best to facilitate their businesses there,” said Yovanovitch.
In April, Yovanovitch received a call to the one in the morning. It was Carol Perez, an american diplomat, who told him that he had to return immediately. “You have to come on the next flight,” he said. She consulted with Donald Sondland, ambassador to the EU, and this suggested to him that, if he didn’t want to leave, I had to “tweet that he supported the president”. “It was a tip that I did not see how I could implement in my position as ambassador,” he explained.