The Republicans have been clamoring for the release of the transcripts from interviews in the first stages of the impeachment investigation, which have been held behind closed doors. And, on Monday, some of those transcripts became public and they didn’t look great for the Administration.
Among the first transcripts to be released was the hearing that featured Marie Yovanovitch, the United States’ former ambassador to Ukraine.
In her testimony, Yovanovitch made a number of eyebrow-raising statements, but perhaps the strangest was her testimony that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would call Fox News host and Trump confidant Sean Hannity to find out what was going on.
The former ambassador was asked if she ever found out Pompeo’s position and whether he would defend her.
She testified that Pompeo or one of his associates “was going to place a call to Mr. Hannity on Fox News to say, you know, ‘What is going on? I mean do you have proof of these kinds of allegations or not? And if you have proof, you know, tell me. And, if not, stop.'”
She added, “And I understand that that call was made. I don’t know whether it was the Secretary of State or somebody else in his inner circle. And for a time, you know, things kind of simmered down.”
Yovanovitch also said in the call that she felt threatened by President Trump. In a transcript between Trump and the Ukrainian president, Trump said ominously that Yovanovitch was “going to go through some things.”
The ambassador testified that she still feels threatened by the president.
In her testimony, there were also a number of references to Donald Trump’s Twitter habits. At one moment, she said that she thinks that the State Department pulled her out of Ukraine quickly because they were trying to beat a nasty tweet from the president.