White House directed Ukraine Ambassador Yovanovitch not to appear before Congress
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. (Photo: Shutterstock)

According to multiple reports, the White House told former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch not to appear before Congress Friday. To handle the block, the House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena, the committee said according to Politico.


The White House has been at war with the House of Representatives, saying that they would not cooperate with any investigations, including impeachment. They have instructed multiple witnesses subpoenaed by the various House committees not to comply with the subpoenas. However, Yovanovitch clearly ignored the White House's demand.

In talking points sent to Republicans, the White House argued that Yovanovitch should be using a State Department attorney instead of her own counsel, because she had access to classified information.

The White House suggested Democrats were putting Yovanovitch in harm's way without that State lawyer. But she testified it was the opposite and that State officials thought the gov had "our backs & protect[ed] us."