Senior Foreign Diplomats Testify To Outrage Over Trump’s Quid Pro Quo In New Transcripts

[A White House-released memorandum of Donald Trump’s telephone conversation with Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Photograph: Wayne Partlow/AP]

House committees released two transcripts on Monday comprising the testimony of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and senior official P. Michael McKinley, both of whom spoke on the dust-up surrounding Trump’s call with Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy which is the focus of the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

Yovanovitch had discovered in 2018 that Rudy Giuliani had, with the assistance of his now-incarcerated associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, as well as a lobbyist, Bob Livingston, mounted a campaign to disrupt her work and imperil her safety.  She testified to feeling “threatened” when she discovered that Trump had told Zelenskiy that she would be “[going] through some things.”  She then sought help from Ambassador Gordon Sondland to the European Union, who had advised her to try getting on Trump’s good side by “tweet[ing] out there that you support the president.”  Later, she would be called back to the United States by Mike Pompeo, citing safety concerns.

McKinley, for his part, testified that the lack of State Department support for Yovanovitch frustrated him enough that he decided to resign his position, which he had retuned to at Pompeo’s behest.  “To see the emerging information on the engagement of our missions to procure negative political information for domestic purposes, combined with the failure I saw in the building to provide support for our professional cadre in a particularly trying time, … I had no longer a useful role to play.”

The transcripts came late in the day, after four Trump administration officials refused to cooperate with subpoenas from the House impeachment inquiry, and after Trump rejected the whistleblower’s offer to respond to written questions posed by House Republicans.  While Jesse Farrar’s frustratingly prescient tweet has not yet failed to be correct, the jams are becoming more and more frequent for our crooked executive.


  1. Thank you for the updates on this, I’m hoping that we can actually move forward on the impeachment process.

    • shit can’t edit but I meant to fully pass through senate and have them pull their heads out of their ass and actually uphold the law.

      • Same! It’s wild the mental gymnastics they must put themselves through, because I truly think they believe their own shit!

        • I don’t think they consider them believing in it I think they have just became ingrained in the us vs them narrative to where it doesn’t matter to them anymore. If i could upload images from my work pc I would include the picture of the two morans who wore a I’d rather be russian than a democrat shirt at a rally.

  2. “…who had advised her to try getting on Trump’s good side by “tweet[ing] out there that you support the president.”

    Make sure you rsvp to his birthday party as well, don’t want to hurt his feelings…the president is a 4 year old child. I fear for our future

  3. Thank you for the excellent article. 🙂

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