Former Ambassador to Ukraine Testifies as Impeachment Hearings Continue

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Just last month, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified before House lawmakers behind closed doors.  

During her nearly ten hour deposition, she told lawmakers that President Trump wanted her out of her job over what she called, “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.”

Nov. 15 she faces lawmakers and the cameras in a public hearing which comes on the heels of testimony from Bill Taylor the top U.S. diplomat in the Ukraine and George Kent, who oversees U.S. policy in the Ukraine for the State Department.

Their testimony shed more light on the president’s direct involvement in the push to get the Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.

“A member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone asking Ambassador Sondland about the investigations. Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward.”

But republicans seem more focused on who they won’t be able to question.

“They won’t bring in front of us, they won’t bring in front of the American people, that’s the guy who started it all. The whistleblower,” said Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio. 

On Thursday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi fired back, saying, “the president’s own appointee describing bribery, and threatening in the course of it, threatening the identity of the whistleblower is just shameful behavior.”