President Donald Trump on Friday, Nov. 15, chose to release a new transcript of his other Ukraine call at time when former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was testifying at the House Intelligence Committee.
The transcript debunks a claim by Yovanovitch in a closed-door deposition last month that President Trump may have been “bashing her” in his first call with newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
During the Oct. 11 deposition, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) had asked Yovanovitch if she knew whether President Trump had brought her up in a prior conversation. She responded, “I don’t know. I had assumed it was the April 21st phone call, that first phone call, because that, to my knowledge, is the only time—other time that they talked.”
Schiff asked her if the reason she did not get a readout of the first call may have involved the president “bashing her” in the first call. She responded, “It’s possible.”
During her deposition on October 11, Yovanovitch and Schiff speculated that Trump and Zelensky bashed her during their April 21st phone call with each other. The call transcript shows that never happened. She’s yet another disgruntled conspiracy-mongering bureaucrat. pic.twitter.com/xh0I8EYHQe
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 15, 2019
However, the full transcript of the call showed that Yovanovitch never came up during the first phone call between President Trump and President Zelenskiy on April 21.
The document showed that it is a very nice congratulatory phone call President Trump made with the Ukrainian new leader.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
President Trump released the call transcript as Yovanovitch’s testimony was getting underway in the second public hearing in the impeachment inquiry.
According to Breitbart News, Yovanovitch was the ambassador to Ukraine until May, when she was removed by President Trump. Presidents can recall ambassadors for any reason, but Yovanovitch has testified in a closed-door deposition that she was “upset” and “shocked” about her removal.
Yovanovitch testified on Friday that she was the target of a smear campaign by some Ukrainian officials, who enlisted the help of Rudy Giuliani and others to remove her.
Democrats hope her testimony will draw sympathy from the American public, as a “victim” of the Trump administration’s policy on Ukraine.