Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch at a closed hearing before the congressional Commission explained his departure from Kyiv pressure from Donald Trump, as well as baseless accusations by his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his inner circle, reports the Washington Post, referring to the publication provided theses of the former Ambassador.
The resignation of Yovanovitch, who served as US Ambassador to Ukraine since 2016, was officially announced on May 20. Before that, Ukrainian media reported that the diplomat was summoned to Washington for consultations. There was no explanation from the officials, and Joseph Pennington became the charge d’affaires in Kyiv.
As Yovanovitch explained, she expected to stay in Kyiv until 2020, but this April she was ordered to fly the first plane to Washington. According to the ex-Ambassador, the Deputy Secretary of state met with her, who assured that Jovanovic herself was not to blame, but the President lost confidence in her, and the State Department was under intense pressure since the summer of 2018, demanding to remove her from Ukraine.
Yovanovitch attributed her departure, among other things, to numerous criticisms from the President’s lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani. The latter accused her that the Ambassador allegedly in private conversations maligned the President, and tried to protect the interests of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who for some time worked in the leadership of the energy company Burisma, working in Ukraine.
According to the former Ambassador, all these accusations were unfounded and false. According to Yovanovitch the people from Giuliani’s entourage, who demanded her resignation, had understandable motives: their financial interests could suffer because of anti-corruption activities, which the Ambassador, according to her, was engaged in Kyiv.
In the Commission of the house of representatives of the US Congress Jovanovich came to answer questions in the proceedings about whether Trump violated the law, requiring Kyiv to resume the investigation of possible corruption against hunter Biden in exchange for providing military assistance to Ukraine. The White House refused to cooperate with the investigation, initiated by members of the Democratic Party, and some diplomats called as witnesses chose not to appear.
The Commission also summoned two people from Giuliani’s entourage, as well as Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Pentagon chief Mark Esper, Energy Secretary Rick Perry. However, only former presidential special envoy Kurt Volker agreed to testify, who reported on text messages exchanged between Giuliani and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, as well as US representative to the European Union Gordon Sondland