1. Head on shot of Marie Yovanovitch taking the oath
2. Cutaway of committee
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine:
"After being asked by the undersecretary of state for political affairs in early March 2019 to extend my tour until 2020, the smear campaign against me entered a new public phase in the United States. In the wake of the negative press, State Department officials suggested an earlier departure and we agreed upon July 2019. I was then abruptly told just weeks later in late April, to come back to Washington from Ukraine on the next plane."
4. Cutaway of commitee
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine:
"Unfortunately, as the past couple of months have underlined, not all Ukrainians embraced our anti-corruption work. Thus, perhaps it was not surprising that when our anti-corruption efforts got in the way of a desire for profit or power, Ukrainians who preferred to play by the old corrupt rules sought to remove me. What continues to amaze me is that they found Americans willing to partner with them and working together, they apparently succeeded in orchestrating the removal of a U.S. ambassador. How could our system fail like this? How is it that foreign corrupt interests could manipulate our government? Which country's interests are served when the very corrupt behavior we have been criticizing is allowed to prevail?"
6. Cutaway of committee
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine:
"Although then and now I have always understood that I served at the pleasure of the president, I still find it difficult to comprehend that foreign and private interests were able to undermine U.S. interests in this way. Individuals who apparently felt stymied by our our efforts to promote stated U.S. policy against corruption, that is to do our mission, were able to successfully conduct a campaign disinformation against a sitting ambassador using unofficial back channels. As various witnesses have recounted, they shared baseless allegations with the president and convinced him to remove his ambassador, despite the fact that the State Department fully understood that the allegations were false and the sources highly suspect. These events should concern everyone in this room."
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine:
"Our Ukraine policy has been thrown into disarray and shady interests the world over have learned how little it takes to remove an American ambassador who does not give them what they want."
Former U.S. Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch opened the second day of Trump impeachment hearings Friday declaring that her abrupt removal by President Donald Trump's administration played into the hands of "shady interests the world over" with dangerous intentions toward the United States.
Yovanovitch told the House Intelligence Committee of a concerted "smear" campaign against her by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and others.
Her removal is one of several events at the center of the impeachment effort.
"These events should concern everyone in this room," the career diplomat testified in opening remarks.
"Shady interests the world over have learned how little it takes to remove an American ambassador who does not give them what they want."
Yovanovitch also sounded alarms that senior State Department officials did not defend her from attacks from the president's allies, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. She is telling lawmakers about a "crisis in the State Department."
She says: "The State Department is being hollowed out from within at a competitive and complex time on the world stage.
The daughter of immigrants who fled the former Soviet Union and Nazi German, she described a 33-year career, including three tours as an ambassador to some of the world's tougher postings, before arriving in Ukraine in 2016.
She was forced out in April 2019.
Yovanovitch, a career diplomat, who has served both Republican and Democratic presidents, relayed her striking story of being told to "watch my back" and then being suddenly recalled by Trump in a swiftly developing series of events that sounded alarms about a White House shadow foreign policy.