Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch has told Congress that attacks from corrupt interests have created a crisis at the State Dept.
Yovanovitch delivered her opening statement on the second day of public impeachment hearings on Nov. 15. Watch in the player above.
Yovanovitch is testifying openly before the House Intelligence Committee in its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
She told lawmakers that she was the victim of “a campaign of disinformation” that used “unofficial back channels” leading to her removal from Ukraine. She says it “continues to amaze” her that Americans partnered with “Ukrainians who preferred to play by the old corrupt rules” in pushing for her removal.
Yovanovitch is also sounding alarm that senior State Department officials did not defend her from attacks from the president’s allies, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. She is telling lawmakers about a “crisis in the State Department.”
She says: “The State Department is being hollowed out from within at a competitive and complex time on the world stage.”