Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told congressional investigators today she was removed from her position because President Trump had lost confidence in her and there had been “a concerted campaign against me,” according to a copy of her opening statement obtained by The Washington Post and The New York Times.
Yovanovitch told lawmakers at a closed-door deposition that she believed she had been removed because of “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives,” a reference to the effort led by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and his associates to remove her as ambassador.
Yovanovitch suggested some of those associates had financial motivations for pushing her out.
“With respect to Mayor Giuliani, I have had only minimal contacts with him—a total of three that I recall. None related to the events at issue,” she said, according to her prepared remarks. “I do not know Mr. Giuliani’s motives for attacking me. But individuals who have been named in the press as contacts of Mr. Giuliani may well have believed that their personal financial ambitions were stymied by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine.”