Rep. Adam Schiff, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, questioned Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, on Nov. 15, the second day of a public hearing that is part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Schiff, referring to Yovanovitch’s reputation as a “champion” of anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine, asked whether she agreed with George Kent’s statement from the first day of impeachment hearings that if you work to counter corruption, you’re going to “piss off some corrupt people.” She agreed. The impeachment probe centers around a July phone call in which Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Yovanovitch has testified that she was forced out of her position after Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, engineered a smear campaign against her. Responding to Schiff’s questions, Yovanovitch confirmed that other colleagues in the State Department unsuccessfully attempted to get a statement of support for her from Secretary Mike Pompeo amid the Giuliani-led smear campaign.
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