Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who has been at the center of President Trump’s impeachment inquiry, is retiring from her role in the State Department, according to multiple reports.
Both CNN and NPR reported Friday that Yovanovitch had retired from her role sometime within the last two weeks, though the exact time of her departure was not made immediately clear. The former ambassador was most recently serving as a senior State Department fellow at Georgetown University.
Yovanovitch played a key role in the House’s impeachment inquiry into Trump, serving as a witness as she discussed the president’s dealings in Ukraine as well as her ouster from her ambassador position. She was removed from her position in May 2019 after she insisted that Rudy Giuliani‘s requests for investigations of the Biden family by Kyiv go through official channels.
She testified that she was pushed out of her role by Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, and his associates, alleging they were behind what she says are false attacks that influenced Trump’s decision to have her removed.
Giuliani has denied any wrongdoing, but admitted to telling Trump that Yovanovitch was blocking Biden investigations.
He said in an interview that he did not recommend Trump or Secretary of State Mike Pompeo remove Yovanovitch.
“I just gave them the facts,” he said. “I mean, did I think she should be recalled? I thought she should have been fired.”
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