Senate Democrats To Grill Trump Nominee Over Recalled Ukraine Ambassador

October 31, 2019   |   by James G. Dalton

While House Democrats continue to chase a Trump impeachment, Senate Democrats will have a rare opportunity on Wednesday to question a key administration official involved in the controversy. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will reportedly tell the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that President Trump recalled US diplomat to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, after she was singled out by Rudy Giuliani and others as having an anti-Trump agenda, according to Bloomberg.

Sullivan – Trump’s nominee for US ambassador to Russia, won’t dispute Yovanovitch’s testimony that “there had been a concerted campaign against me, and that the Department had been under pressure from the president to remove me since the Summer of 2018,” adding “He [Sullivan] also said that I had done nothing wrong and that this was not like other situations where he had recalled ambassadors for cause,” she told House Democrats earlier this month.

He will be the first high-level State Department official we’ve had since we’re getting news that there was a concerted effort to fire the ambassador of Ukraine led by Rudy Giuliani,” said Senator Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I’m going to ask him a lot about what the hell’s going on at the State Department.”

Democrats on the panel will almost certainly use Sullivan’s confirmation hearing to pursue the allegations at the heart of the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry — that Trump held up U.S. aid and a promised White House meeting to extract a pledge from Ukraine’s new president to investigate Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter as well as a conspiracy theory that Ukraine and Democrats, not Russia favoring Trump, interfered in the 2016 election. –Bloomberg

Yovanovitch mentioned Sullivan by name, noting that he was the person who told her she was being recalled from her post several months early, despite having been extended through 2020 shortly before.

Senate Democrats are looking forward to the opportunity to question Sullivan.

He’s No. 2 at the State Department,” said Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the committee. “There’s a lot. From Russia to Ukraine to our ambassadors to political retaliation at the State Department, he has a lot of accounting to do.”

They’ll also get to ask whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attempted to rein in efforts by Rudy Giuliani and others to encourage Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden.

The hearing also offers an opportunity for Senate Democrats to question the administration’s overall Russia policy, which critics say has been warped by Trump’s unusual affinity for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Earlier this month, the Democrats on the Senate committee wrote to its Republican chairman, James Risch of Idaho, asking him to convene hearings on the Trump-Ukraine issue.

“The Foreign Relations Committee has an obligation to examine the serious questions raised by these events,” the senators stated in the Oct. 9 letter, which was led by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Robert Menendez of New Jersey. –Politico

Sullivan will also likely face questions about allegations of political retaliation within the State Department against career staffers, according to Politico, citing Senate Democratic aides.

via zerohedge

Recent Comments

  1. Carl J Bujan

    October 31, 2019 @ 2:27 pm

    It’s all a fake investigation.

  2. Gima

    October 31, 2019 @ 6:25 pm

    Americans should seriously consider how much of our taxpayer dollars these Democrats are wasting on one investigation after another. Has anyone gone to the trouble of adding up how many millions of dollars these investigations have already gone down the drain since Trump announced his candidacy for President? The Democrats are so obsessed they should be institutionalized. It doesn’t end!
    Suggestion: If they want investigations, make the Democrats pay for them, not the American taxpayer. Notice they still get paid while wasting our money!!!! I don’t know how they can look in the mirror every morning – they should be TOTALLY ASHAMED OF THEIR BEHAVIOR AS PUBLIC OFFICIALS. And, what about those who support them? No comment.

    • Chloe

      November 1, 2019 @ 3:50 pm

      AMEN and AMEN!

  3. Joseph Corson

    November 1, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

    Everybody needs to make sure that everybody else with common sense and who is a patriot America gets out and votes in 2020! I’ve heard people say recently that surely any one in their right mind would vote these fools out! But many “assume” that” others” will vote, and hence, won’t vote themselves!! EVERYBODY NEEDS TO VOTE! Don’t be lazy or mislead! Trump/Pence 2020!!

  4. Rich Tucci

    November 1, 2019 @ 6:31 pm

    Basically the Democrats are telling us we’re not interested doing anything the citizens of this country. Our focus is on getting the President out of the Whitehouse which would allow us to do to you like we did your POTUS, i.e, lie, cheat and rob you of every right you ever thought you had, and guess what, you’re going to be the ones who pay for it! Censorship will be a word not often heard, because we’re not going to allow it. We’ll flood the voter booth’s with anybody who can open a curtain and can be convinced that only the blue levers count as votes, the red levers are not to be touched. Instead of age of 18 being the primary eligibility to vote, we’re going to do it by height! If you don’t like it, go screw. We have millions of new liberal voters just south of the border. They can come up here through any of the thousands of openings we put in the wall for just that purpose. You also paid for that as well. Meet your new neighbors, learn their languages, adopt their culture. Soon enough theirs going to be more than them than there are of you. Welcome them and offer them any kind of support they need to feel this country is as much of theirs as it is of yours. One way or another, you’ll be the ones paying for all of this!

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