Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who testified in a public hearing on the Ukrainian case on Nov. 15, was dismayed to have been fired from her post, according to Politico. The diplomat’s statements were criticized by political analysts and Republican representatives.
Despite Yovanovitch’s statement that she was a victim of a “smear campaign,” it is clear that she was confirmed in office by the president and remained in her post for three years, when all ambassadors are usually asked to resign at the beginning of presidential terms, according to The Daily Caller.
Yovanovitch was appointed by former President Obama in 2016 and continued in office for nearly three more years after the election of President Donald Trump, and was fired in May 2019.
The appointment and removal of ambassadors is one of the attributions of the country’s new president, as was demonstrated when in 2008 all those appointed by then-President Bush were fired, following the election of his successor Barack Obama.
“It’s a normal procedure for ambassadors, career and non-career, to submit their resignations. And what happens is that all of them do,” said a U.S. State Department official in 2008, when 170 diplomats resigned, quoted Agence France Presse.
The statements of the former ambassador did not present facts against the president, despite being considered a key figure in the process.
“The ambassador is not a material fact witness to any of the accusations that have been hurled at the president,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), according to Politico.
For Republican Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) what Yovanovitch said does not affect the president at all.
“This is an impeachment of Rudy Giuliani,” Meadows said, “but the last time I checked, he is not the president,” Meadows added, according to Politico.
Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, is the personal attorney for President Trump, to whom Yovanovitch addressed much of her remarks.
The so-called Ukraine Case responds to the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry into whether President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, one of his political rivals.
Until now, public hearings have been considered to be surrounded by an atmosphere of “boredom” and “farce,” according to the White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham and Rush Limbaugh of “Fox & Friends,” an atmosphere that seems to be corroborated by the results of the poll presented by Hill-HarrisX.
According to the poll, 56 percent of the Democrats surveyed by Hill-HarrisX believe that the impeachment of President Trump will fail and that the president will be able to end his term.