Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
By ANDREW DESIDERIO and KYLE CHENEY
11/04/2019 11:59 AM EST
Updated: 11/04/2019 05:33 PM EST
The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine described to House impeachment investigators a diplomatic corps under siege by President Donald Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, saying she felt threatened by Trump’s posture toward her, according to a transcript of her testimony released Monday.
Marie Yovanovitch said individuals whose goals and interests were not in line with those of the United States — and were instead motivated by politics — tried to smear her and orchestrated her removal as ambassador to Kyiv. Yovanovitch said she felt personally threatened by Trump’s suggestion to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a July 25 phone call that she was “going to go through some things.”
“I was shocked. I mean, I was very surprised that President Trump would — first of all, that I would feature repeatedly in a presidential phone call, but secondly, that the president would speak about me or any ambassador in that way to a foreign counterpart,” Yovanovitch, who was recalled as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine in May, told investigators.