The US State Department will do everything necessary to find out whether there was a threat to the former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. This was reported by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to AP.
“We will do everything we need to do to evaluate whether there was something that took place there,” he said in a radio interview. “I suspect that much of what’s been reported will ultimately prove wrong, but our obligation, my obligation as secretary of state, is to make sure that we evaluate, investigate. Any time there is someone who posits that there may have been a risk to one of our officers, we’ll obviously do that.”
“It is always the case at the Department of State that we do everything we can to ensure that our officers, not only our ambassadors but our entire team, have the security level that’s appropriate,” Pompeo said.
“We do our best to make sure that no harm will come to anyone, whether that was what was going on in our embassy in Baghdad last week or the work that was going on in Kyiv up and through the spring of last year when Ambassador Yovanovitch was there, and in our embassy in Kyiv even today,” he said.
House Democrats on Friday evening released a new batch of messages from Lev Parnas that added to the questions about the ambassador’s security. In them, an unidentified individual with a Belgian country code appears to describe Yovanovitch’s movements.
“Nothing has changed she is still not moving checked today again,” the individual wrote in one message, later adding, “it’s confirmed we have a person inside.” In another message the person wrote, “She had visitors.”
The ouster of Yovanovitch as ambassador is central to the impeachment inquiry into Trump, who faces a charge that he abused his presidential power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, using military aid to the country as leverage. Trump says the inquiry is a “hoax.”
At the time, Trump’s allies were trying to have Yovanovitch, who was seen as a roadblock to a Biden investigation, removed from her post. She was recalled in late May ahead of the end of her tour.