As former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch testified in open impeachment hearings on Friday, it was clear that Intelligence Committee member Devin Nunes (R-CA) didn’t consider her to have much relevance to the matters at hand.
“Ambassador, I just have — I don’t really have very many questions for you,” he said. “You admitted in your opening statement that you don’t have any firsthand knowledge of the issues that we’re looking into.”
“I’m not exactly sure what the ambassador is doing here today,” Nunes said after Yovanovitch admitted htat she hadn’t heard the phone call that started the impeachment inquiry or spoken to the president or chief of staff Mick Mulvaney about the matter. “This is the House Intelligence Committee that’s now turned into the House impeachment committee.”
Nunes also said Yovanovitch was “not a material fact witness” to the investigation. Democrat questioners focused mostly on her feeings about Trump and his handling of foreign policy, as well as his firing her shortly after Volodymyr Zelensky was elected.
Other Republicans also pointed out that Trump was well within his power to fire her and to conduct his foreign policy with or without her input.
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