"Why do you think he was tweeting about her?"
At one point in the hearing, Trump lobbed tweets aimed at her testimony, claiming that "everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad".
I'd say. Never mind the utter humiliation and disrespect.
Sandy complied with a subpoena issued to compel his testimony, an official working on the impeachment inquiry said.
Yovanovitch's facial expressions-pained, defeated, wronged, exasperated-said it all.
President Trump's advisers and allies didn't get the heads up before he launched attacks against ousted Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch Friday morning while her public testimony in the House impeachment probe was underway. 'I now recall. I said resumption of USA aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for weeks, ' he said in amending his testimony. Remember that when James B. Comey was removed as Federal Bureau of Investigation director two years ago, he was giving a pep talk to employees in the Los Angeles field office as wall-mounted televisions behind him began to flash "Comey Resigns".
Biden is a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination and would run against Trump if he wins it. Surely an attempt to deflect attention from the hearing, the maneuver backfired when a comparison of Trump's rough transcript and the White House's readout, released immediately after the call, revealed significant discrepancies, raising doubts about the veracity of both. Republicans control the Senate and have shown little support for Trump's removal.
Mr. Trump and Republicans have argued that the president should be allowed to confront the whistleblower who wrote the complaint about the call.
"I mean, I - I don't think I have such powers, not in Mogadishu and Somalia and not in other places", she answered. Trump's tweets defensively attempted to justify his decision to abruptly pull the veteran diplomat out of Ukraine two months before her scheduled departure date. "I still find it hard to comprehend that foreign and private interests were able to undermine USA interests in this way". He noted Yovanovitch was not involved in Trump's July 25 phone call, or deliberations on the pause in security aid for Ukraine. The president is accused of asking the Ukrainian government to investigate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who served as a board member for a Ukrainian company.
"I'm not exactly sure what the ambassador is doing here today", Nunes said. "We see enormous potential in Ukraine and would like to have a more capable, more trustworthy partner there", the former United States diplomat said, during her testimony that lasted for more than five and half hours.
Mr Holmes, a U.S. diplomatic aide, testified behind closed doors before us lawmakers in Washington DC. And Trump's real-time tweets during Yovanovitch's testimony is obstruction of justice. Parnas and Fruman, who are both under indictment for illegally funneling foreign donations to USA political candidates, sought to establish a liquefied natural gas operation in Ukraine.
More public hearings are scheduled for next week.
Image copyright Reuters Image caption David Holmes: "Sondland told Trump that [Ukrainian President] Zelensky 'loves your ass'".