Trump ousted me on false claims: Ex-en­voy

Trump’s fi­nan­cial records must be shared

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global - Sharon LaFraniere and Ni­cholas Fandos

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.

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