Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch testified Friday in the public House Intelligence committee hearing and in her opening statement she compared herself to U.S. hostages in Tehran and the four men killed in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.
“And we are Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Patrick Smith, Ty Woods, and Glen Doherty—people rightly called heroes for their ultimate sacrifice to this nation’s foreign policy interests in Libya, eight years ago,” she said.
Yovanovitch also referred to the diplomats held hostage in Tehran 40 years ago. She then talked about the state department officials in Cuba and China.
“We are people who repeatedly uproot our lives, who risk—and sometimes give—our lives for this country,” she said.
Yovanovitch also defended what former Vice President Joe Biden’s actions to forcibly fire the Ukrainian prosecutor in 2016.
“Official U.S. policy and that was endorsed and was the policy of a number of other international stakeholders, other countries, other monetary institutions, financial institution,” said Yovanovitch.
The Democratic counsel, Daniel Goldman, followed up with Yovanovitch to say:
“And in fact if he helped to remove a corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor general who was not prosecuting enough corruption, that would increase the chances that corrupt companies in Ukraine would be investigated, isn’t that right?”
“One would think so,” she responded
“And that could include Burisma (Holdings), right?,” he asked.
“Yes,” she replied.
After the hearing, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) held a press conference saying that Schiff has not released four transcripts of previously deposed witnesses.
“What we haven’t seen yet is four transcripts of people that have been deposed – which under house rules that we cannot use that testimony in these proceedings. We would like to use parts of the testimony from Mr. Morrison, for example but we are prohibited under house rules from doing that.”