On November 4, Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Eliot Engel and Acting Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform Carolyn Maloney published the transcript of the questioning of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Ambassador Michael McKinley as the U.S. House of Representative Committee on Foreign Affairs reported.
“As we move towards this new public phase of the impeachment inquiry, the American public will begin to see for themselves the evidence that the committees have collected. With each new interview, we learn more about the President’s attempt to manipulate the levers of power to his personal political benefit,” the message said.
The congressmen concluded on the basis of the testimony of questioned diplomats that President Trump suspended “highly respected and effective diplomat” Marie Yovanovitch basing on the public falsehoods and smears. Her work aimed for the support of the American anti-corruption policy in international relations. Moreover, thanks to the testimony of Yovanovitch and McKinley, it turned out that the informal interaction channel was used in U.S. foreign policy. It promoted the personal interests of the president.
Ex-Ambassador Yovanovitch was questioned in the Congress on October 11, 2019; former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Ambassador McKinley was questioned on October 16, 2019.
The publication of these documents became possible due to the adoption of the resolution on the formalizing procedures of impeachment on October 31.
Yovanovitch and McKinley testified at the committees of the House of Representatives within the investigation on the impeachment of the president, which was initiated by the lawmakers from the Democratic Party due to the suspicions on the pressure of Donald Trump on Ukrainian leadership to find the opposition research on his political rival Joe Biden.
On September 24, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry in response to the dispute over Mr. Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Meanwhile, US Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that they would not cooperate with the impeachment investigation initiated by the US House of Representatives.
The Pentagon also claimed that it would not comply with a lawmakers' request to provide documents related to Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe and Hunter Biden.
As we reported earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump, claimed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be guilty of treason.