Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch said in her congressional testimony that she knew President Donald Trump had the right to fire her any time he wanted, but she was still “upset” and “shocked” that he did so.
A transcript of Yovanovitch’s testimony said she blamed poor relationships with new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and then-prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko for her firing, and there is some evidence in the transcript of Trump’s phone call with Zelensky that the Ukrainian leader found her too loyal to the previous president to be useful.
“I thought he liked me,” Yovanovitch said of Zelensky.
Lutsenko said of Yovanovitch that she gave him a “do not prosecute” list, which she as much as admits to in the testimony.
“Conversations about, ‘You need to be sure that, you know, there is a real case that is not politically motivated, that this isn’t just harassment and pressure — so those conversations, you know, certainty took place,” Yovanovitch said, adding that names were “probably” used.
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