Former Ukraine envoy says she felt threatened by Trump in call


National News

November 4, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Marie Yovanovitch, center, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, arrives on Capitol Hill on Friday, Oct. 11, to testify in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

WASHINGTON — The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said she was warned by officials in the country that President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was maneuvering against her and that they were concerned about getting dragged into U.S. politics.

Marie Yovanovitch, the former envoy, said Ukrainian officials alerted her to contacts between Giuliani and former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, and “that Mr. Lutsenko was looking to hurt me in the U.S.,” according to the transcript of her private deposition released Monday by House committees leading the impeachment investigation.

She said that in February 2019, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov warned her to “watch my back.” Avakov also expressed concerns to her that it would be “dangerous” for Ukraine to get involved in U.S. politics because it would damage bipartisan support the country had in Congress.

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