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From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostNov-16 9:32 AM 
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1. Trump publicly intimidated Yovanovitch during the hearing ? and she responded in real time.

As Yovanovitch testified, Trump launched an attack on her reputation in a pair of tweets. Shortly afterward, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) read the tweets to Yovanovitch and asked her to publicly respond to them.

Trump tweeted that “everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” and denounced her work in both Somalia and Ukraine. Trump also said the president of Ukraine “spoke unfavorably” about her.

Yovanovitch appeared taken aback by the president’s remarks. 

“It’s very intimidating,” she told Schiff. “I can’t speak to what the president is trying to do, but the effect is to be intimidating.” <snip>

2. Republicans distanced themselves from Trump after the tweets.

Republicans who have staunchly defended Trump as the impeachment inquiry unfolds couldn’t ignore the threatening tone of his tweets. Some concluded that the attacks on Yovanovitch were unhelpful.

During this week’s hearings, Republicans have steered clear of directly attacking the diplomats they were questioning. 

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), one of the most vocal Republicans during the hearings, told reporters, “I disagree with the tweet.” 

“I think Ambassador Yovanovitch is a public servant like many of our public servants in the foreign service,” she said. <snip>

3. Yovanovitch said Trump could’ve just recalled her without smearing her reputation. Instead, he set a new precedent for corruption.

During her hourslong testimony, Yovanovitch spoke in detail about a concerted effort to destroy her reputation as a U.S. diplomat.

“Individuals ... were able to successfully conduct a campaign of disinformation against a sitting ambassador, using unofficial back channels,” Yovanovitch said, adding that the State Department knew the allegations against her were false. 

She noted that Trump could have just appointed another ambassador without attacking her reputation. 

“The president has the right to withdraw an ambassador at any time, for any reason, but what I do wonder is why it was necessary to smear my reputation, falsely,” she said. <snip>

 
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From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostNov-16 9:33 AM 
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4. The staff attorney for Republicans accomplished mostly nothing with his line of questioning.

Stephen Castor, the GOP staff counsel, is tasked with cross-examining witnesses at the impeachment hearings, though his performance fell mostly flat on Friday.

Castor repeatedly prodded Yovanovitch over the theory embraced by Trump and right-wing pundits that Ukrainians were working to keep Trump from winning the 2016 election. 

Yovanovitch’s answers did little to corroborate those allegations.

She told Castor that she was not aware of allegations that Ukrainians were trying to undermine Trump during her time as ambassador to the country.When asked whether there were concerns that Ukrainians were “out to get Trump,” Yovanovitch replied, “There weren’t. We really didn’t see it that way.” <snip>

5. The smear campaign against Yovanovitch has left the State Department in a “dangerous place.”

Yovanovitch emphasized on Friday that her ouster has shown how U.S. diplomats and U.S. policy are vulnerable to outside interference.

“I still find it difficult to comprehend that foreign and private interests were able to undermine U.S. interests in this way,” she said during the hearing.

“These events should concern everyone in this room,” Yovanovitch continued. “If our chief representative is kneecapped, it limits our effectiveness to safeguard the vital national security interests of the United States.”

During her testimony, Yovanovitch described the consequences of having Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and his associates spread false rumors about her alleged partisanship, eventually leading to her dismissal.

 

 

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