"Although I understand that I served at the pleasure of the president, I was nevertheless incredulous that the USA government chose to remove an ambassador based, as best as I can tell, on unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives", Yovanovitch testified.
Testifying in defiance of President Donald Trump's ban, former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House impeachment investigators on Friday that Trump himself had pressured the State Department to oust her from her post and get her out of the country.
Also, Miller said Hunter Biden flying to China on Air Force Two when his father was vice president shows "corruption" because he soon benefited financially via payment from a Chinese firm.
The focus of the impeachment inquiry is President Donald Trump's efforts to press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden at a time when USA military aid to Ukraine was being withheld.
Yovanovitch was in her ambassadorial role from 2016 to May 2019 when she was dismissed two months ahead of schedule. According to a cached biography on the State Department, earlier in her career she worked at the USA embassies in Ottawa, London, Moscow and Mogadishu. Parnas, Fruman, and associates were arrested Wednesday evening on charges of campaign finance violations, including donating hundreds of thousands of dollars in foreign money to domestic Republican organizations. According to Yovanovitch, Sullivan said the president no longer wished for her to be his ambassador because he had lost confidence in her.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is now Trump's personal lawyer, has alleged Yovanovitch blocked efforts to persuade Ukraine to investigate the former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Despite the officials' expected testimony next week, former Ambassador Sondland's attorney said he would not be able to produce documents "concerning his official responsibilities", as they are controlled by the State Department.
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During a rally Thursday night in Minneapolis, Trump leveled some of his most personal attacks yet against Biden and his family, highlighting unsubstantiated claims about his potential 2020 rival's son and using profanity to describe Biden's tenure as vice president.
Ms Yovanovitch said she did not know Mr Giuliani's reasons for attacking her. Zelensky said he agreed "100%".
She also said diplomats took risks to defend USA interests in part because of a belief that "our government will have our backs and protect us if we come under attack from foreign interests".
Fiona Hill, Trump's former Russian Federation adviser at the White House who resigned in August, is expected to testify on Monday.
Most of the questions at Thursday's unusual media event related to the Russian Federation conflict or Ukraine's economic troubles.
She said she had "only minimal contacts" with him - only three that she could recall and none of their interactions had related to the investigation.
House Democrats have demanded to hear from four other state department officials: Ukraine Special Envoy Kurt Volker, Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent, and Counselor T Ulrich Brechbuhl.
Mr. Luskin said federal law and State Department regulations block his client from producing the materials.
ABC News has also learned that the president's former Russian Federation adviser Fiona Hill has agreed to sit down with congressional investigators on Monday.