Tag: Yovanovitch, Marie L

Republicans, the Real Chickens of Kiev

WASHINGTON — When he was running in 2016, Donald Trump told me that he reminded himself of another presidential candidate — someone, Trump said, who was also tremendously good-looking, a former entertainer and a Democrat-turned-Republican. The vainglorious Trump felt he was the second coming of Ronald Reagan. It is true that, like Reagan, Trump has […]

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The Revenge of the Bureaucrats

The opening hearings on the Ukraine scandal demonstrated that mundane government processes and seemingly colorless bureaucrats are what keep our country going. It was these sorts of unknown public servants who maintained the executive branch functioning during Watergate — and are doing so now while our distracted president and his acolytes try to circumvent the […]

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3 Key Impeachment Developments This Week

Putting a Human Face on the Ukraine Pressure Campaign Video transcript Back transcript Trump Impeachment Hearings: Day 2 Highlights Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former American ambassador to Ukraine, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee for the second public hearing of the impeachment inquiry. “It is in America’s national security interest to help Ukraine transform into […]

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Donald Trump, Corruption Fighter?

Republican defenders of Donald Trump have argued that he withheld congressionally mandated military aid to Ukraine and a promised White House meeting because he wanted assurances that Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, was serious about fighting corruption. Sworn testimony in the House impeachment inquiry on Friday obliterated that defense, revealing that Mr. Trump was interested […]

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With a Tweet, Trump Upends Republican Strategy for Dealing with Yovanovitch

WASHINGTON — Heading into Friday’s impeachment hearing, the Republican strategy for dealing with Marie L. Yovanovitch was simple: treat the ousted ambassador to Ukraine with respect during her testimony on Friday and avoid any appearance of bullying a veteran diplomat who had been vilified and driven from her post. President Trump blew up the plan. […]

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Labeled ‘Bad News’ by the President, an Ambassador Headlines a Bad Day for Trump

WASHINGTON — “In my line of work, perhaps in your line of work as well, all we have is our reputation,” Marie L. Yovanovitch, the ousted American ambassador to Ukraine, said on Friday. “This has been a very painful period.” It was just after 9 a.m. and the career diplomat and self-declared “private person” found […]

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How to Dislodge the Brute in the White House

Chuck Hardwick, lifelong Republican, former Pfizer executive, now retired in Florida, voted for Donald Trump in 2016, but not without misgivings. He’d met him in the 1980s and noted a “consuming ego.” Still, elections are about choices, and he disliked the “scheming” Clintons. He was mad at the media for first mocking Trump during the […]

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Trump Attack on Envoy During Testimony Raises Charges of Witness Intimidation

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday attacked Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former United States ambassador to Ukraine he summarily removed this year, even as she testified in the impeachment inquiry about how she felt threatened by Mr. Trump. Did his behavior amount to witness tampering? If the question is what could be charged in court, […]

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‘It’s Very Intimidating’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher Marie Yovanovitch, who was ousted as the ambassador to Ukraine on President Trump’s orders, came before the House Intelligence Committee on the second day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry. At the very moment she […]

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Marie Yovanovitch, Ex-Ukraine Envoy Ousted by Trump, Says She Feels Intimidated by Him

WASHINGTON — The former United States ambassador to Ukraine told the House impeachment inquiry on Friday that she felt threatened by President Trump and “shocked, appalled, devastated” that he insulted her in a call with another foreign leader, as Mr. Trump attacked her in real time on Twitter, drawing a stern warning about witness intimidation […]

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The President Bursts Through the Virtual Courtroom Doors

After Wednesday’s opening impeachment hearings, there were complaints, in some pundit analysis, that the sober testimony of two U.S. diplomats was insufficiently whiz-bang. One write-up from NBC News, seeming to channel a talent scout from the 1930s, said the hearings lacked “pizazz.” Obviously, you will find the word “pizazz” nowhere in the impeachment section of […]

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Impeachment Hearing: A ‘Have You No Sense of Decency?’ Moment

To the Editor: Regarding the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, the former United States ambassador to Ukraine, before the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment hearings on Friday: The great public congressional hearings often start slow and continue without making apparent progress toward a solution to the problem they address. Then suddenly there is a “eureka!” moment when […]

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Read Marie Yovanovitch’s Prepared Opening Statement From the Impeachment Hearing

Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former American ambassador to Ukraine, appeared in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Friday during the second day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry. Ms. Yovanovitch, who was recalled from her post in May, said that there was a “concerted campaign against” her. The following is Ms. Yovanovitch’s opening […]

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Trump Denigrates Ex-Envoy Yovanovitch on Twitter During Impeachment Testimony

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday denigrated Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former United States ambassador to Ukraine, even as she testified in the impeachment inquiry about how she felt threatened by Mr. Trump, leading Democrats to accuse him of trying to intimidate a witness in real time. “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started […]

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Trump Denigrates Yovanovitch, Ex-Envoy, During Impeachment Testimony

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday denigrated Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former United States ambassador to Ukraine, even as she testified in the impeachment inquiry about how she felt threatened by Mr. Trump, leading Democrats to accuse him of trying to intimidate a witness in real time. “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started […]

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Who Is Marie Yovanovitch? Former Ambassador Testifies in Impeachment Hearing

WASHINGTON — Before President Trump fired her as his ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch was an anonymous career diplomat who served in the kind of unglamorous posts — Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and eventually Ukraine — typically reserved for civil servants because political donors and friends of the president don’t covet them. Now Ms. Yovanovitch, known […]

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Who Is Marie Yovanovitch? Former Ambassador Testifies Today

WASHINGTON — Before President Trump fired her as his ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch was an anonymous career diplomat who served in the kind of unglamorous posts — Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and eventually Ukraine — typically reserved for civil servants because political donors and friends of the president don’t covet them. Now Ms. Yovanovitch, known […]

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Impeachment Hearing Updates: What to Expect From Yovanovitch’s Testimony

Here’s what you need to know: Former ambassador is expected to recount a smear campaign led by Giuliani. ImageMarie L. Yovanovitch, the former United States ambassador to Ukraine, has described a relentless smear campaign that led to her ouster.Credit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former United States ambassador to Ukraine, will be […]

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Marie Yovanovitch Hearing: What to Expect From Her Impeachment Inquiry Testimony

As Democrats enter the second day of public impeachment hearings, Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, will testify publicly on Friday about the campaign by the president’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani that led to her ouster and her shock and anger about the effort to get her fired. The Basics Who: Marie […]

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In Praise of Washington Insiders

Let me tell you a secret. The public buildings of Washington are filled with very good people working hard for low pay and the public good. There are thousands of them and they are very much like the Foreign Service officers that we’ve seen or are expected to see testifying at the impeachment hearings: William […]

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