The New Yorker:

On Friday morning, Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, laid out in plainspoken terms how she had been treated by President Trump and the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Yovanovitch said that she had been “kneecapped” and “smeared” by the government that she was serving. She described her dismay and fear after she learned that Trump had told the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, in a phone call that she was going to “go through some things.”

“I was shocked and devastated that I would feature in a phone call between two heads of state in such a manner where President Trump said that I was bad news to another world leader, and that I would be going through some things,” she said. “It was a terrible moment.”

Yovanovitch—who spent more than three decades in the U.S. Foreign Service, with assignments in Somalia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, and Moscow—described an extraordinary series of events. While she was enforcing the U.S. government’s stated policy of countering corruption in Ukraine, she was undermined by President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. According to Yovanovitch, Giuliani worked with corrupt Ukrainians who were angered by Yovanovitch’s crackdown to force her out of her position. “What continues to amaze me is that they found Americans willing to partner with them,” she testified. “And working together, they apparently succeeded in orchestrating the removal of a U.S. Ambassador.”

Yovanovitch gave voice to the diplomats whom Trump and his Republican supporters have denigrated, presenting Americans with a choice of whom to believe. “Let me be clear on who we are and how we serve this country,” she said. “We are professionals. We are public servants who, by vocation and training, pursue the policies of the President, regardless of who holds that office.” She went on, “We take our oath seriously—the same oath that each one of you takes, to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and to bear true faith and allegiance to same.”

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