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U.S. House committees release first transcripts of closed-door Trump impeachment testimony

Ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump that she felt threatened by Trump describing her to the leader of Ukraine as “bad news,” according to a transcript of her testimony released on Monday (November 4).

“I was very concerned,” she said in her Oct. 11 testimony to the Democratic-led inquiry in the U.S. House of Representatives. “I still am,” she said. When asked if she feels threatened, Yovanovitch said yes, according to the transcript.

The investigation into the Republican president is focused on a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Trump’s political rival Joe Biden, a former vice president and contender for the Democratic Party nomination to run against him in the November 2020 election.

A previously released White House summary of the call showed that Trump told Zelenskiy that the ambassador was “bad news” and was going to “go through some things.” Trump has denied any wrongdoing and defended the call with Zelenskiy as “perfect,” accusing Democrats of unfairly targeting him to reverse his surprise election win in 2016.

In her testimony, some of which was previously leaked to news media, Yovanovitch also told lawmakers that she was “shocked” that Trump would repeatedly talk about her in the call or any ambassador that way to a foreign counterpart.

(Production: Nathan Frandino)

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