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写真 | 2019年 11月 16日 05:10 JST

Ousted ambassador testifies in Trump impeachment hearings

Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, branded "bad news" by President Donald Trump, defended her record and told an impeachment hearing on Friday she had pursued anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine and did not understand why the Trump administration removed her.

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Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, branded "bad news" by President Donald Trump, defendmore

Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, branded "bad news" by President Donald Trump, defended her record and told an impeachment hearing on Friday she had pursued anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine and did not understand why the Trump administration removed her. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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"I had no agenda other than to pursue our stated foreign policy goals," Yovanovitch said in her opening statement on the second day of televised impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives. "I still find it difficult to comprehend that foreign and private interests were able to undermine U.S. interests in this way," she told lawmakers.

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"I had no agenda other than to pursue our stated foreign policy goals," Yovanovitch said in her opening statemmore

"I had no agenda other than to pursue our stated foreign policy goals," Yovanovitch said in her opening statement on the second day of televised impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives. "I still find it difficult to comprehend that foreign and private interests were able to undermine U.S. interests in this way," she told lawmakers. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Yovanovitch was removed from her post as ambassador to Kiev in May after coming under attack by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, at a time when he was working to persuade Ukraine to carry out two investigations that would benefit the Republican president politically.

Giuliani was trying to engineer Ukrainian investigations of Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden and the former U.S. vice president's son Hunter, who had served as a board member for Ukrainian energy company Burisma, as well as a debunked conspiracy theory embraced by some Trump allies that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

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Yovanovitch was removed from her post as ambassador to Kiev in May after coming under attack by Trump's personmore

Yovanovitch was removed from her post as ambassador to Kiev in May after coming under attack by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, at a time when he was working to persuade Ukraine to carry out two investigations that would benefit the Republican president politically. Giuliani was trying to engineer Ukrainian investigations of Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden and the former U.S. vice president's son Hunter, who had served as a board member for Ukrainian energy company Burisma, as well as a debunked conspiracy theory embraced by some Trump allies that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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"I do not understand Mr. Giuliani s motives for attacking me, nor can I offer an opinion on whether he believed the allegations he spread about me," Yovanovitch told the hearing.

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"I do not understand Mr. Giuliani s motives for attacking me, nor can I offer an opinion on whether he believemore

"I do not understand Mr. Giuliani s motives for attacking me, nor can I offer an opinion on whether he believed the allegations he spread about me," Yovanovitch told the hearing. Al Drago/Pool via REUTERS
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President Donald Trump launched a Twitter attack on Yovanovitch while she was testifying to an impeachment hearing in Congress, in an extraordinary moment that Democrats said amounts to witness intimidation.

As Yovanovitch testified, Trump fired off his criticism on Twitter, a move Democrats labeled "real-time" witness intimidation.

"Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go?" Trump asked.

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President Donald Trump launched a Twitter attack on Yovanovitch while she was testifying to an impeachment heamore

President Donald Trump launched a Twitter attack on Yovanovitch while she was testifying to an impeachment hearing in Congress, in an extraordinary moment that Democrats said amounts to witness intimidation. As Yovanovitch testified, Trump fired off his criticism on Twitter, a move Democrats labeled "real-time" witness intimidation. "Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go?" Trump asked. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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In the most dramatic moment of the hearing, Adam Schiff, the Democrat chairing the hearing in the House Intelligence Committee, asked Yovanovitch for her reaction to the tweet. She said it was "very intimidating."

"I can't speak to what the president is trying to do, but I think the effect is to be intimidating," she said.

Schiff replied: "Well, I want to let you know, ambassador, that some of us here take witness intimidation very, very seriously."

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In the most dramatic moment of the hearing, Adam Schiff, the Democrat chairing the hearing in the House Intellmore

In the most dramatic moment of the hearing, Adam Schiff, the Democrat chairing the hearing in the House Intelligence Committee, asked Yovanovitch for her reaction to the tweet. She said it was "very intimidating." "I can't speak to what the president is trying to do, but I think the effect is to be intimidating," she said. Schiff replied: "Well, I want to let you know, ambassador, that some of us here take witness intimidation very, very seriously." Alex Wong/Pool via REUTERS
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Republican Representative Jim Jordan (R, seen speaking with colleague Rep. Brad Wenstrup) dismissed any suggestion that Trump's tweets were witness intimidation. "The witness is testifying. She wouldn t even have known about the quote, if Mr. Schiff hadn t read the tweet," he said.

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Republican Representative Jim Jordan (R, seen speaking with colleague Rep. Brad Wenstrup) dismissed any suggesmore

Republican Representative Jim Jordan (R, seen speaking with colleague Rep. Brad Wenstrup) dismissed any suggestion that Trump's tweets were witness intimidation. "The witness is testifying. She wouldn t even have known about the quote, if Mr. Schiff hadn t read the tweet," he said. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Yovanovitch calmly refuted an argument by Republican counsel Steve Castor that Trump was legitimately concerned about influential Ukrainians being "out to get the president."

"I can't speak for what President Trump thought or what others thought. I would just say that those elements that you've recited don't seem to me to be kind of a plan or a plot of the Ukrainian government to work against President Trump or anyone else. I mean, they're isolated incidents. We all know -- I'm going to find out myself -- that public life can be, you know, people are critical. That does not mean that someone or a government is undermining either a campaign or interfering with elections. And I would just remind again that our own U.S. intelligence community has conclusively determined that those who interfered with the election were in Russia."

"While I obviously don't dispute that the president has the right to withdraw an ambassador at any time ... what I do wonder is - why it was necessary to smear my reputation?"

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Yovanovitch calmly refuted an argument by Republican counsel Steve Castor that Trump was legitimately concernemore

Yovanovitch calmly refuted an argument by Republican counsel Steve Castor that Trump was legitimately concerned about influential Ukrainians being "out to get the president." "I can't speak for what President Trump thought or what others thought. I would just say that those elements that you've recited don't seem to me to be kind of a plan or a plot of the Ukrainian government to work against President Trump or anyone else. I mean, they're isolated incidents. We all know -- I'm going to find out myself -- that public life can be, you know, people are critical. That does not mean that someone or a government is undermining either a campaign or interfering with elections. And I would just remind again that our own U.S. intelligence community has conclusively determined that those who interfered with the election were in Russia." "While I obviously don't dispute that the president has the right to withdraw an ambassador at any time ... what I do wonder is - why it was necessary to smear my reputation?" REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger
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"Ambassador Yovanovitch was serving our nation's interest in fighting corruption in Ukraine, but she was considered an obstacle to the furtherance of the president's personal and political agenda. For that she was smeared and cast aside," Schiff said in his opening statement. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and calls the impeachment probe a sham.

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"Ambassador Yovanovitch was serving our nation's interest in fighting corruption in Ukraine, but she was consimore

"Ambassador Yovanovitch was serving our nation's interest in fighting corruption in Ukraine, but she was considered an obstacle to the furtherance of the president's personal and political agenda. For that she was smeared and cast aside," Schiff said in his opening statement. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and calls the impeachment probe a sham. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Pool
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The top Republican on the committee, Devin Nunes (R), said Democrats had gone "too far" in their efforts to impeach Trump, castigating them for accusing the president of being a "Russian agent" and comparing them to "some kind of strange cult."

"Democrats have been vowing to oust President Trump since the day he was elected. So Americans can rightly suspect that his phone call with President Zelenskiy was used as an excuse for the Democrats to fulfill their Watergate fantasies," Nunes said.

Much of the testimony so far relied on rumors, the Republican said.

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The top Republican on the committee, Devin Nunes (R), said Democrats had gone "too far" in their efforts to immore

The top Republican on the committee, Devin Nunes (R), said Democrats had gone "too far" in their efforts to impeach Trump, castigating them for accusing the president of being a "Russian agent" and comparing them to "some kind of strange cult." "Democrats have been vowing to oust President Trump since the day he was elected. So Americans can rightly suspect that his phone call with President Zelenskiy was used as an excuse for the Democrats to fulfill their Watergate fantasies," Nunes said. Much of the testimony so far relied on rumors, the Republican said. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Republican Devin Nunes (R) criticized Democrats for launching the impeachment inquiry, calling it a political exercise based on second- and third-hand hearsay. "The problem with overthrowing a president based on this time of evidence is obvious. But that's what their whole case relies on," Nunes said in his opening statement.

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Republican Devin Nunes (R) criticized Democrats for launching the impeachment inquiry, calling it a political more

Republican Devin Nunes (R) criticized Democrats for launching the impeachment inquiry, calling it a political exercise based on second- and third-hand hearsay. "The problem with overthrowing a president based on this time of evidence is obvious. But that's what their whole case relies on," Nunes said in his opening statement. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Pool
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Representative Elise Stefanik (R, seen with Rep. Will Hurd) seized the spotlight when she repeatedly interrupted Adam Schiff to raise points of order and accuse him of mishandling the hearing including by following previously published rules for the impeachment process.

Stefanik also has literally been one of the loudest voices in the hearing, leaning closely into her microphone each time she speaks, so her voice echoed throughout the room.

"Will the chairman continue to prohibit witnesses from answering Republican questions, as you've done in closed hearings and as you did ..." Stefanik interjected on Friday.

"The gentlewoman will suspend," Schiff said.

.".. this week..." she continued.

"That is not a proper..." Schiff began.

"When you interrupted our questions?" she asked.

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Representative Elise Stefanik (R, seen with Rep. Will Hurd) seized the spotlight when she repeatedly interruptmore

Representative Elise Stefanik (R, seen with Rep. Will Hurd) seized the spotlight when she repeatedly interrupted Adam Schiff to raise points of order and accuse him of mishandling the hearing including by following previously published rules for the impeachment process. Stefanik also has literally been one of the loudest voices in the hearing, leaning closely into her microphone each time she speaks, so her voice echoed throughout the room. "Will the chairman continue to prohibit witnesses from answering Republican questions, as you've done in closed hearings and as you did ..." Stefanik interjected on Friday. "The gentlewoman will suspend," Schiff said. .".. this week..." she continued. "That is not a proper..." Schiff began. "When you interrupted our questions?" she asked. Alex Wong/Pool via REUTERS
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The focus of the impeachment inquiry is a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who was elected in May, to open the investigations.

Democrats are looking into whether Trump abused his power by withholding $391 million in U.S. security aid to Ukraine as leverage to pressure Kiev to investigate Joe Biden, who is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to take on Trump in the 2020 election.

The money, approved by the U.S. Congress to help a U.S. ally combat Russia-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country, was later provided to Ukraine.

REUTERS/Jim Bourg

The focus of the impeachment inquiry is a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymymore

The focus of the impeachment inquiry is a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who was elected in May, to open the investigations. Democrats are looking into whether Trump abused his power by withholding $391 million in U.S. security aid to Ukraine as leverage to pressure Kiev to investigate Joe Biden, who is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to take on Trump in the 2020 election. The money, approved by the U.S. Congress to help a U.S. ally combat Russia-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country, was later provided to Ukraine. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Trump called Yovanovitch "bad news" in the phone call to Zelenskiy and added that "she's going to go through some things," according to a White House summary of the call. Zelenskiy told Trump: "I agree with you 100 percent" that she was a "bad ambassador."

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Trump called Yovanovitch "bad news" in the phone call to Zelenskiy and added that "she's going to go through smore

Trump called Yovanovitch "bad news" in the phone call to Zelenskiy and added that "she's going to go through some things," according to a White House summary of the call. Zelenskiy told Trump: "I agree with you 100 percent" that she was a "bad ambassador." REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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A transcript of a phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is shown during Marie Yovanovitch's testimony. Alex Wong/Pool via REUTERS

A transcript of a phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is shomore

A transcript of a phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is shown during Marie Yovanovitch's testimony. Alex Wong/Pool via REUTERS
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In private testimony to lawmakers on Oct. 11, Yovanovitch described how Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, had urged her to use Twitter to express support for Trump to save her job. "He said, you know, you need to go big or go home. You need to, you know, tweet out there that you support the president," she said.

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In private testimony to lawmakers on Oct. 11, Yovanovitch described how Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador tmore

In private testimony to lawmakers on Oct. 11, Yovanovitch described how Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, had urged her to use Twitter to express support for Trump to save her job. "He said, you know, you need to go big or go home. You need to, you know, tweet out there that you support the president," she said. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Pool
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Representative Jim Himes (R-CT) speaks. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Pool

Representative Jim Himes (R-CT) speaks. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Pool

Representative Jim Himes (R-CT) speaks. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Pool
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A television journalist's notes written in Sharpie are seen outside the hearing room. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger

A television journalist's notes written in Sharpie are seen outside the hearing room. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger

A television journalist's notes written in Sharpie are seen outside the hearing room. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger
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Marie Yovanovitch arrives at the Longworth House Office Building. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger

Marie Yovanovitch arrives at the Longworth House Office Building. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger

Marie Yovanovitch arrives at the Longworth House Office Building. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger
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People wait outside ahead of the hearing. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

People wait outside ahead of the hearing. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

People wait outside ahead of the hearing. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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People wait in the public viewing line ahead of the hearing. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

People wait in the public viewing line ahead of the hearing. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

People wait in the public viewing line ahead of the hearing. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Television news crews work in the early morning hours ahead of the hearing. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Television news crews work in the early morning hours ahead of the hearing. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Television news crews work in the early morning hours ahead of the hearing. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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