POST TIME: 16 November, 2019 10:47:09 PM
Impeachment hearing
Ex-envoy ‘intimidated’ by Trump
AFP, Washington

Ex-envoy ‘intimidated’ 
by Trump

A US ambassador ousted by Donald Trump told a riveting impeachment hearing Friday she felt intimidated by the president, after he launched an extraordinary real-time attack midway through her testimony to Congress. Testifying under oath before a national television audience, Marie Yovanovitch cut a resolute figure as she was grilled for five hours on her fraught dealings with Trump allies she accuses of undermining US foreign policy in Ukraine.

The 33-year diplomatic veteran earned a standing ovation from the public at the conclusion of her marathon testimony, during which spoke in personal terms about how she was subjected to a “painful” smear campaign before being abruptly pulled from Kiev. Setting the scene less than an hour into the hearing, the president erupted spectacularly on Twitter with an attack

on the highly-regarded former envoy. “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” he wrote.

Asked what effect Trump’s tweet might have on her and other witnesses, Yovanovitch appeared unnerved.

“It’s very intimidating,” she told the panel. “I can’t speak to what the president is trying to do but I think the effect is to be intimidating.”

On a momentous day on Capitol Hill, another official provided damning closed-door testimony to impeachment investigators, reportedly outlining how he overheard a phone call on which Trump asked about “investigations” he had requested from Ukraine into domestic political rivals.