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Congressional investigators expect that Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, will appear as planned for a Friday deposition in the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry, despite the White House’s emphatic pledge not to cooperate with Democrats’ efforts to investigate President Trump, according to congressional officials involved with the process.
Yovanovitch and her lawyer are “on board,” according to a senior congressional aide, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive negotiations. Yet House Democrats are preparing backup options to facilitate her testimony — including issuing a possible “friendly” subpoena, according to two people involved in the investigation — in case the State Department forbids her from speaking to lawmakers.
The article goes on to state the following:
Last week, State Department officials blocked the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, from testifying before the panels at 12:30 a.m. on the morning of his planned testimony, prompting the panels to subpoena him. State Department officials would not address questions about Yovanovitch on Wednesday, and efforts to contact her were unsuccessful.
The White House said Tuesday it would not cooperate with the impeachment probe.
Pres. Trump, when asked whether he intends to block Marie Louise Yovanovitch, the former United States Ambassador to Ukraine from testifying, said: I don’t think you can have all these people testifying.
(He didn’t say he was blocking her specifically but it seems very likely.)
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 10, 2019
The former US ambassador to Ukraine, who Trump forced out in May, is scheduled to testify tomorrow as part of the impeachment inquiry. Parnas and Fruman, the recently arrested Giuliani associates, were allegedly also pushing for her removal. https://t.co/l2PanYrx6U
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) October 10, 2019
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