Ambassador to Ukraine says recall based on ‘false claims’

National News

October 11, 2019 - 5:03 PM

Marie Yovanovitch, center, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, arrives on Capitol Hill on Friday morning to testify in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

WASHINGTON — Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, told lawmakers Friday that President Donald Trump was behind the decision to recall her early from Kyiv in May based on “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.”

Her comments, which came at a closed-door deposition on Capitol Hill, could have profound implications for the ongoing House impeachment inquiry that centers around the president’s attempts to get Ukraine’s newly elected government to investigate his possible 2020 political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Yovanitch, who is believed to still be a State Department employee, spoke to lawmakers in defiance of the administration’s declaration that it would not be cooperating with the impeachment probe.

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