Marie Yovanovitch knocked down the false claims peddled by The Hill’s John Solomon that underpinned President Donald Trump’s smear campaign against her.
The website published a Solomon interview in March with Yuriy Vitaliyovych, now the former prosecutor general in Ukraine, who said the then-ambassador had given him a “do not prosecute” list — a claim pushed by the president, Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Fox News broadcasters.
Yovanovitch and the State Department denied the allegation at the time, and she flatly — and repeatedly — denied The Hill’s reporting as inaccurate during her testimony before the House impeachment inquiry, and told lawmakers why they were so damaging.
“I was worried,” she said. “These attacks were, you know, being repeated by the president himself and his son.”
Vitaliyovych himself later recanted those allegations, which House Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman pointed out during the former ambassador’s testimony — and Yovanovitch said Solomon’s inaccurate reporting on her work in Ukraine undermined her credibility.
“It seemed to me that if the president’s son is saying things like that, that it would be very hard to condition in my position and have authority in Ukraine unless the State Department came out pretty strongly behind me,” she said.
However, she told lawmakers, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not issue a statement of support, which she asked him do.
“I was told that there was a concern on the seventh floor that if a statement of support was issued, whether by the State Department or by the secretary personally, that it could be undermined,” Yovanovitch testified, “that the president might issue a tweet contradicting that or something to that effect.”
Trump administration heavily redacted documents concerning their withholding of Ukraine aid
The Trump administration has refused to disclose how key officials at the Department of Defense and the White House Office of Management and Budget reacted to President Trump’s decision to halt military aid to Ukraine.
On Nov. 25, federal district court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered the administration to produce records reflecting what these officials said to one another about the legality and appropriateness of Trump’s order. The Center for Public Integrity sought the information in Freedom of Information Act requests filed in late September.
Donald Trump Jr laughs at the prospect that Bill Barr will eventually lock up Trump’s political enemies
On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a video of Attorney General William Barr saying that he is constantly asked when Democrats are going to prison for their treatment of President Donald Trump, and he jokingly responded "these things take time."
Trump Jr. repeated that particular line in his tweet, accompanied by a series of laughing face emojis:
These things take time. 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/TX7DuYgAsr
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 13, 2019
Jared Kushner is ‘officially overseeing’ Trump’s 2020 campaign ‘from his seat in the West Wing’: NY Times
The administration of President Donald Trump has had multiple scandals for using federal government resources to aid his 2020 re-election campaign, but senior White House advisor Jared Kushner is his de facto campaign manager, The New York Times reported Thursday.
"Hours before the House Judiciary Committee was set to take a historic vote to push President Trump to the brink of impeachment, campaign officials gathered across the Potomac River for a state-of-the-race briefing in which they described how the Republican Party had been transformed into the “beer and bluejeans party” crafted in Mr. Trump’s image," the newspaper reported, despite the fact Trump claims he does not drink beer and is not known for wearing anything other than suits and golf attire.