/House impeachment investigators begin releasing closed-door testimony

House impeachment investigators begin releasing closed-door testimony

“In the Foreign Service at embassies, we have to leave politics in the United States,” Yovanovitch told investigators. “I mean, we represent all Americans. We represent our policy.”

Transcripts of Yovanovitch’s and McKinley’s interviews with impeachment investigators were released Monday, the first such documents made public by lawmakers leading the probe.

The transcripts capture the confusion and frustration among career foreign service officers over the unexpected recall and smear campaign against Yovanovitch by Trump and his allies, and efforts by political appointees to stifle any show of support for her as she came under attack.

“I was convinced that this would also have a serious impact on Foreign Service morale and the integrity of our work overseas,” added McKinley.

Yovanovitch attributed Trump’s lack of support for her to the relationship between Giuliani and Yuriy Lutsenko, the former prosecutor general in Ukraine, who was miffed at the United States’ anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine that Yovanovitch had led.

Sources familiar with several witnesses’ depositions previously told POLITICO that efforts to defend Yovanovitch from Trump’s attacks were stymied by senior State Department officials.

Yovanovitch, according to the transcript of her testimony, backed up those claims, adding that Trump’s disdain for her “was as a result of the partnership, if that’s the right word, between Mr. Lutsenko and Mr. Giuliani.”