Ex-envoy says Trump ousted her based on 'false claims'
The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who Donald Trump has called "bad news" told a House of Representatives impeachment inquiry into the president on Friday that Trump removed her from her post based on "unfounded and false claims," according to U.S. media reports.
Defying a pledge by the White House to stonewall the impeachment probe, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified on Friday that she was removed from her post based on "unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.” That's according to a copy of her opening statement obtained by The New York Times, which also reported that a top State Department official told Yovanovitch that Trump had pushed for her removal for months even though the department believed she had “done nothing wrong.” Her testimony reportedly also warned of private influence and personal gain taking priority over the judgment of diplomats in what the Times characterized as a scathing indictment of the Trump administration’s approach to foreign policy.
The closed-door deposition could bolster House Democrats' argument for approving articles of impeachment against the president in the House.
Trump has called Yovanovitch "bad news" and Giuliani alleged she blocked his efforts to persuade Ukraine to investigate political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
Those efforts now the subject of a House impeachment investigation into whether Trump sought foreign interference in the 2020 election.
On Thursday, two of Giuliani's associates were arrested in what New York federal prosecutors said was a scheme to illegally funnel money to a pro-Trump election committee through a shell company called Fraud Guarantee.
Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian-American businessman, and Igor Fruman, who are mentioned in the whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment probe, are also accused by prosecutors of acting on behalf of Ukrainian officials and using their political connections to get Yovanovitch recalled.
Earlier this week, the Trump administration blocked another key witness from testifying, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland.
But his lawyers now say he will come back to testify before the House committees next Thursday.
President Donald Trump has dangled a promise to get a weary nation “back tonormal” as he looked to campaign past the political damage of the devastatingcoronavirus pandemic. It was a rose-tinted pitch in sharp contrast toDemocratic rival Joe Biden, who pledged to level with America about the toughdays still ahead after Tuesday’s election.
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During a campaign stop in Minnesota on Friday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said President Trump "has simply given up" on COVID-19, and criticized him for comments he made about U.S. doctors earlier in the day.
India has really emerged on the world stage and has become an important global player, said Spokesperson for US State Department, Morgan Ortagus, adding that US needs India to face the emerging global challenges including China. "We welcome the fact that India is now such an important global player. There are many global challenges that the US faces, we cannot face them alone. We need India, we need the partnership," Ortagus told ANI on October 28 after the successful conclusion of the third 2+2 dialogue between the two countries in New Delhi.
After the conclusion of 2+2 dialogue between India and US in New Delhi, the Spokesperson for US State Department, Morgan Ortagus, said the India-US relations go beyond political parties and that the bilateral cooperation between New Delhi and Washington DC will remain important irrespective of the outcome of the upcoming presidential elections. "It's incredibly important for Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Esper to go to India, and have this 2+2 (dialogue). Our relationship between the United States and India has been around for very long time and will be around for decades and much longer in the future. The relationship goes beyond political parties...We believe that the values that bind us together will be important for whoever wins this presidential election," Ortagus told ANI on October 28.
The United States has reiterated its call urging China to allow scientists and doctors to investigate the origins of COVID-19, the pandemic which emerged from China. "There are global challenges in Asia where CCP broke their promises... COVID, that we are all dealing with, emanated from China. We continue to call on them to be transparent and open to allow scientists and doctors to investigate," said Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson, US State Department.