Recalled US ambassador felt ‘threatened’ by Trump

Agency, 5 November : A recalled US ambassador at the centre of the Trump impeachment inquiry said she felt threatened by a cryptic remark the president made about her on a call.

Ex-envoy to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told Congress she was “very concerned” by President Donald Trump’s comment in the phone call with Ukraine’s leader.

Mr Trump told his counterpart: “Well, she’s [Ms Yovanovitch] going to go through some things.” Democrats have just released the first transcripts from closed-door testimony.

The Republican president is accused of trying to pressure Ukraine into investigating unsubstantiated corruption claims against his US political rival, Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden, who worked with a Ukrainian gas company.

During the 25 July call with President Volodymyr Zelensky – a rough transcript of which has been released by the White House – the US president also described Ms Yovanovitch as “bad news”.

That call triggered the current congressional impeachment investigation that could seek to remove Mr Trump from office for alleged abuses of power.


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