Trump ousted me on false claims: Ex-envoy
Trump’s financial records must be shared
Washington: Marie Yovanovitch, who was recalled as the American ambassador to Ukraine, testified to impeachment investigators on Friday that a top US State department official told her that President Trump had pushed for her removal for months even though the department believed she had “done nothing wrong”.
In a closed-door deposition that could further fuel calls for In
a blow to President Trump’s efforts to block oversight of his business dealings, a US court on Friday backed a House of Representatives request for the Republican’s financial records including tax documents. The decision by the US court of appeals moves House Democrats closer to accessing records that would shed light on Trump’s business interests. The court rejected Trump’s bid to stop his accounting firm Mazars LLP from handing over the documents. The House Oversight Committee subpoenaed Mazars in April. “Contrary to the president’s arguments, the Committee possesses authority under House Rules and the Constitution to issue the subpoena, and Mazars must comply,” Judge David Tatel wrote.
Trump’s impeachment, Yovanovitch delivered a scathing indictment of his administration’s conduct of foreign policy. She warned that private influence and personal gain ha
ve usurped diplomats’ judgment, threatening to undermine the nation’s interests and drive talented professionals out of public service. According to a copy of her opening statement, the longtime diplomat said that she was “incredulous” she was removed as ambassador “based, as far as I can tell, on unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives”.
US envoy to EU to testify despite opposition
Lawyers of Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the EU, have said the diplomat will comply with a subpoena and testify next Thursday before the three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry. He was earlier blocked by the Trump administration from appearing.