***LIVE UPDATES*** Marie Yovanovitch Testifies in Impeachment Hearing

***LIVE UPDATES*** Marie Yovanovitch Testifies in Impeachment Hearing

The House Intelligence Committee is holding its second public hearing of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Friday.

Congressional investigators will hear testimony from Marie Yovanovitch, who was fired as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine in May 2019. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky previously conveyed to President Trump that he had lost confidence in Yovanovitch.

Democrat critics claim Yovanovitch was the victim of a “political hit job” lead by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who, serving as President Trump’s personal lawyer, relayed negative media stories about her to the president.

Journalist John Solomon reported in March that Yovanovitch urged Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Letsenko not to prosecute the George Soros-backed Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC). Last week, Fox News reported last week that the fired ambassador may have provided the House Intelligence panel with false information when testifying on October 11th that she ignored a request from a Democrat staff member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “However, emails obtained by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight showed that in fact, Yovanovitch had responded to Carey’s initial Aug. 14 email, writing that she “would love to reconnect and look forward to chatting with you,” the news outlet reported.

Yovanovitch’s full testimony was released publicly on November 5th.

Click here for a “cheat sheet” on Yovanovitch and today’s public testimony.

**Follow live updates on this event from Breitbart News. All times in eastern.**

2: 36 P.M. — Donald Trump Jr. calls George Conway, husband of senior White House Kellyanne Conway, a “disgrace” after attacking him and President Trump over today’s hearing. 

A guy who routinely & publicly embarrasses his wife by attacking her boss for the purpose of getting retweets and building his own brand is giving lectures on honor, integrity & decency. 🙄

I’m sure your family really appreciates it, George. You’re a disgrace. https://t.co/KRMMlxKyVh

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 15, 2019

2: 35 P.M. — The hearing is now on a five-minute recess.

They’re taking a 5 minute recess….. #impeachmenthearings #yovanovitch @Newsy pic.twitter.com/QkZlwMGy9d

— Terace Garnier (@TeraceGarnier) November 15, 2019

2: 29 P.M. — Important statement from Yovanovitch about Hunter Biden and his board membership at Burisma: 

Yovanovitch on Hunter Biden’s position on the board of Burisma: “It could raise the appearance of a conflict of interest.”#ImpeachmentInquiry

— Michael Mathes (@MichaelMathes) November 15, 2019

George Kent testified something similar about the younger Biden on Wednesday.

2: 25 P.M. — Speaking about President Trump, Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA) tells Yovanovitch:  “Here’s my message to you: There is nothing, Ambassador Yovanovitch, nothing he can say or do, not a thing, that will in any way diminished the nature and quality of the service you have rendered to our great nation. Not a thing.”

2: 23 P.M. — Yovanovitch on whether Trump asking Ukraine to probe into the Bidens was illegal: “I don’t think that it’s unlawful per se, but I think there are channels for conducting investigations.”

2: 22 P.M. —

Rep. Hurd joins several other Republicans in praising Yovanovitch’s character, in a notable departure from President Trump’s continued attacks. “You’re tough as nails, and you’re smart as hell. And you’re a great example of what our ambassadors should be like,” Hurd says.

— Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) November 15, 2019

2: 20 P.M. —

Rep. Swalwell: “Are the president’s smears going to stop you from fighting corruption?”

Yovanovitch: “I will continue with my work.”

“And if your country asks you again to fight corruption, will you still do that, despite the smears?”

“Yes.”https://t.co/APRDkqce3Q pic.twitter.com/zaJqxHgD3o

— ABC News (@ABC) November 15, 2019

2: 09 P.M. — Jordan demands Schiff release the transcripts of other witnesses Tim Morrison and David Hale. Morrison, a former NSC staffer, testified that he didn’t think Trump broke any laws in his call with Zelensky. 

2: 07 P.M. —

Rep. Stefanik uses her time to read several news stories about Schiff saying that the committee would hear from the whistleblower. pic.twitter.com/hkOnNPD6vx

— Toluse Olorunnipa (@ToluseO) November 15, 2019

2: 05 P.M. — Yovanovitch on why she refused to tweet in favor of Trump: “It felt partisan, it felt political, and that was not something I thought was in keeping with my role as ambassador in foreign services.”

2: 00 P.M. —

And Quigley finishes his analogy on Yovanovitch’s firing: “Its not a Hallmark movie. It’s the end of a really bad reality TV show, brought to you by someone who knows a lot about that.”

— Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) November 15, 2019

1: 56 P.M. — Important questions from Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT):

Stewart: Do you have any information regarding the president of the United States accepting any bribes?

Yovanovitch: No.

Stewart: Do you any have information regarding any criminal activity that the president of the United States has been involved with at all?

Yovanovitch: No. pic.twitter.com/W1sBGuCU0K

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 15, 2019

1: 51 P.M. — Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) asks Yovanovitch if presidents have the right to establish their own foreign policy objectives.

She replies: “I obviously don’t dispute that the president has the right to withdraw an ambassador at any time for any reason, but what I do wonder is why it was necessary to smear my reputation falsely?”

I wasn’t asking about that,” responds Wenstrup.

1: 45 P.M. — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says Trump’s tweet regarding Yovanovitch suggests he is “not satisfied with only one article of impeachment.”

1: 40 P.M. — 

Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) cites 2004 trip by Kerry campaign aide to Ukraine to meet with then-US ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Asks if that would be unusual. Yovanovitch says it depends what the meeting would be about. “It wouldn’t be unusual for Giuliani, then,” Turner replies.

— Bill Rehkopf (@BillRehkopf) November 15, 2019

1: 32 P.M. — Yovanovitch denies being a Never-Trump:

Rep. Sewell: “My Republican colleagues will probably try to paint you as a Never Trumper. Are you a Never Trumper?”

Former U.S. Amb. to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch: “No.” https://t.co/plouXkV1ga pic.twitter.com/q0lkfmeoWb

— Deena Zeina Zaru 👩🏻‍💻 (@Deena_Zaru) November 15, 2019

1: 26 P.M. — Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) asks if Yovanovitch how she’s been received at Georgetown University after her firing. “I’ve actually received an outpouring of support,” she replies. 

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX): “Do [State Dept. colleagues] treat you badly as a result of the way you were treated by the president?”

Yovanovitch: “I’ve actually received an outpouring of support from my colleagues.” https://t.co/bSQiV287X2 pic.twitter.com/XqdxObRIR2

— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) November 15, 2019

1: 23 P.M. —

Rep. Jim Himes asks if Yovanovitch would have supported the three month delay of congressionally approved aid to Ukraine. She says no.

— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) November 15, 2019

1: 19 P.M. —

Yovanovitch admits being prepped by Obama admin on Hunter Biden & Burisma during confirmationhttps://t.co/ogbq3gkm4Y pic.twitter.com/gnqs5BDDI0

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 15, 2019

1: 16 P.M. —

Member questioning has now begun. Schiff uses his time to address some issues brought up by Castor. Nunes asks if Yovanovitch opposes political appointments to ambassadorships. She says no. He yields to Stefanik.

— GovTrack.🇺🇸 (@govtrack) November 15, 2019

1: 15 P.M. —

Schiff asks Yovanovitch why the White House would initially release a readout from the April phone call that said Trump had committed to root out corruption, but then the transcript doesn’t have any mention of that. “I can’t speak to that,” she replies.

— Samantha-Jo Roth (@SamanthaJoRoth) November 15, 2019

1: 03 P.M. —

GOP counsel to Marie Yovanovitch about negative things said re #realDonaldTrump ” Sometimes that happens on social media.” Laughs erupts in the hearing room. #ImpeachingHearings

— Lynn Sweet (@lynnsweet) November 15, 2019

12: 48 P.M. — Zeldin busts the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler: 

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker should give himself “Four Pinochhios” for this gem. Chalupa is on the GOP witness list. https://t.co/BFWwKwQuaf

— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) November 15, 2019

Yikes, deleting this tweet as I just realized it was wrong. The GOP has requested her testimony. Apologies for the error. (https://t.co/CqFhC2UzEu) Should have double-checked the list. Four Pinocchios to me . pic.twitter.com/RnvbQS68Y2

— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) November 15, 2019

12: 48 P.M. —

Yovanovitch: “I would say that corruption is a serious issue everywhere in the former Soviet Union. It’s a post-Soviet legacy and we talk about it a lot in Ukraine because there’s actually an opportunity to do something, to actually help the Ukrainians tackle the issue.” pic.twitter.com/3EEg1LFxHx

— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) November 15, 2019

12: 43 P.M. — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on President Trump’s tweet out Yovanovitch:  “I just haven’t seen it, the tweet, but witness intimidation is a crime.”

12: 42 P.M. — 

White House is pushing back on Schiff’s witness intimidation argument re: Yovanovitch: “It’s well within the president’s right to have an opinion on her job performance,” a senior administration official says. “That’s not intimidation.”

— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) November 15, 2019

12: 31 P.M. — Castor: “Do you believe your removal was part of some scheme to make it easier for elements of the Ukrainian establishment to do things counter to U.S. interest?”

Yovanovitch: “I think that’s certainly what the Ukrainian establishment hoped.”

12: 30 P.M. — Without evidence, NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett claims Nunes “likely staged” an attempt to give his time to Stefanik, a move that was blocked by Schiff. 

That whole episode was likely staged. Nunes knows the rules that govern the public impeachment proceedings. https://t.co/oVmsI5Udkr

— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) November 15, 2019

12: 29 P.M. — Schiff blocks Nunes from yielding his time to Stefanik to ask Yovanovitch a question.

Rep. Nunes yields time to Rep. Stefanik to ask Yovanovitch a question.

Schiff: “The gentlewoman will suspend”

Stefanik: “What is the interruption for this time?”

“You’re not recognized,” Schiff says, adding that Nunes can only yield time to GOP counsel. https://t.co/aUMkK35dkd pic.twitter.com/bs5RoJB2oT

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 15, 2019

12: 28 P.M. —

Rep. Devin Nunes says the House Intelligence Committee has become the “House Impeachment Committee” and that Yovanovitch’s testimony would be more appropriate for a hearing on “human resources” issues https://t.co/uMrMK0hfkx pic.twitter.com/CRVTIgRGOP

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 15, 2019

12: 25 P.M. —

This may be the single most ridiculous claim of the Dem show trial. No, the President’s tweeting is not “witness intimidation.” You may not like the tone of some or even many of his tweets, but it’s absurd to suggest that tweeting is an impeachable “high Crime [or] Misdemeanor.” https://t.co/afuu4OWUb3

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 15, 2019

12: 24 P.M. — Nunes and minority counsel Castor begin questioning Yovanovitch.

12: 13 P.M. — President Trump weighs in on Stone’s guilty sentence: 

….A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019

11: 56 A.M. — Veteran political operative Roger Stone has been found guilty on seven counts, including making false statements to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction of a proceeding, as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into now-debunked criminal conspiracy between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia. He faces up to 50 years in prison.

Here’s a list of the charges against Roger Stone via @AmberAliNews: pic.twitter.com/0h1miICRh6

— Ed O’Keefe (@edokeefe) November 15, 2019

11: 40 A.M. — Another smart observation from Meadows: 

One thing to note:

Notice how, so far, the Democrats have been peppering the witness with questions asking her to speculate—about the President’s motives, reasons, decisions, etc. There’s a reason why they’re doing this.

It’s because the witness has no relevant information.

— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) November 15, 2019

11: 36 A.M. — Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joins the fray in pushing the Democrat talking point that Trump engaged in witness intimidation. 

Witness intimidation is a crime, no matter who does it. Full stop.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 15, 2019

11: 28 A.M. —  Meadows cuts through the fog regarding Yovanovitch’s testimony: 

If we want to get in to the actual substance of her testimony, this is a direct quote:

“I cannot bring any firsthand knowledge to… the July 25th phone call, the discussions surrounding the call, or any discussions surrounding the delay of security assistance.” https://t.co/S60ixY3CGq

— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) November 15, 2019

11: 28 A.M. — 

Meadows says it’s a “Democrat narrative” to suggest Trump’s tweets on Yovanovitch are witness intimation. But says — “I think the deposition if you read it would indicate that I have respect for her in her previous position & certainly in her nice job at Georgetown right now..”

— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) November 15, 2019

11: 27 A.M. —

Swalwell tells reporters Trump’s tweets intimidating Yovanovitch “will be considered” in articles of impeachment as obstruction of justice.

— julie faye tsirkin (@julietsirkin) November 15, 2019

11: 26 A.M. — The senator is correct. 

While Democrats continue to focus on impeachment, important work isn’t getting done:

❌ USMCA Trade Deal

❌ Appropriations bills to fund the government

❌ National Defense Authorization Act

❌ Legislation to lower health care & prescription drug costs

— Senator Mike Rounds (@SenatorRounds) November 15, 2019

11: 19 A.M. —

ABC News’ Terry Moran: “the president does have the right to remove ambassadors”https://t.co/Y6X9pYRe00 pic.twitter.com/ukLITzO7oR

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 15, 2019

11: 14 A.M. — Fox News’ Chad Pergram says the hearing could restart at noon. 

Vote series on the House floor could run until 11: 45 am et or noon et. 8 votes plus a short debate in the middle. Hearing may not start again until noon

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 15, 2019

11: 14 A.M. —

As for Trump’s tweet, to call it witness intimidation is laughable. People can say whatever they want about Trump and he can’t say what he thinks? The witness has every right to speak her mind and he can speak his. If witnesses are so intimidated, why do they keep showing up?

— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) November 15, 2019

11: 13 A.M. — Jordan and Zeldin on Trump’s tweets: 

I talked to Jim Jordan about Trump’s tweet attacking Yovanovitch: pic.twitter.com/ybcEChXa6U

— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) November 15, 2019

GOP Rep Lee Zeldin says on C-Span that Trump’s tweets this morning weren’t witness intimidation because “Ambassador Yovanovitch wasn’t on twitter” at the time, and the only reason she knows that Trump tweeted about her is because Adam Schiff told her.

— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) November 15, 2019

11: 05 A.M. — Radio host Mark Levin rebukes Schiff’s claim that Trump’s tweets about Yovanovitch was witness intimidation: 

2. Furthermore, it clearly hasn’t changed the fact that the witness is testifying willingly and sticking to her script.

— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) November 15, 2019

11: 04 A.M. — Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) on Trump’s tweets about Yovanovitch: “The President is going to defend himself.”

“I have my own issues with Ambassador Yovanovitch,” he adds. 

11: 03 A.M. —

As he walked into the floor to vote, a reporter asked Rep. Mark Meadows if he thinks it’s appropriate for the president to be tweeting about witnesses during the hearing.

“I don’t think it moves the needle,” he said.

— Addy Baird (@addysue) November 15, 2019

11: 02 A.M. —

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) following Trump tweet: “I have no reason to think she’s (Yovanovitch) done a bad job.”

— Juliegrace Brufke (@juliegraceb) November 15, 2019

10: 57 A.M. — Donald Trump Jr. weighs in on today’s hearing: 

First it was Collusion🙄

When that failed

It became conspiracy🙄

When that failed

It became a cover-up🙄

When that failed

It became quid pro quo🙄

When that failed

It became bribery🙄

Etc etc. what’s next?

Democrats end the bullshit and do your damn jobs for a change!

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 15, 2019

10:5 A.M. — Nunes declines to comment on Trump’s tweets about Yovanovitch. 

I asked @DevinNunes his thoughts on Trump’s tweet attacking Yovanovitch.

“I don’t comment on committee business,” he says.

— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) November 15, 2019

10: 53 A.M. — Schiff calls President Trump’s tweets about Yovanovitch “Witness intimidation in real-time.”

.@RepAdamSchiff on Trump’s tweets about Marie Yovanovitch while she testified: We saw today witness intimidation in real-time by the president of United States. pic.twitter.com/X8p3OLU3FA

— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) November 15, 2019

10: 50 A.M. — Lawmakers react to President Trump’s tweets about Yovanovitch:

SWALWELL tells me Trump’s tweets at Yovanovitch underscores the president’s “guilt”

“Innocent people just don’t do that,” he tells me

— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) November 15, 2019

10: 48 A.M. —

Rep. Elise Stefanik to me on Trump’s tweet attacking Yovanovitch: “I disagree with the tweet. I think Ambassador Yovanovitch is a public servant, like many of our public servants in the foreign service.”

— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) November 15, 2019

10: 43 A.M. — Fox News anchor Chris Wallace: “I think that if you are not moved—and we’ll see what happens in the cross-examination—but if you are not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch today, you don’t have a pulse.” 

Analyse op Fox News is interessanter dan andere zenders op dit moment. Chris Wallace: “If you are not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch today, you don’t have a pulse.” pic.twitter.com/4lY6SjqeUj

— Jan Postma (@_janpostma_) November 15, 2019

10: 40 A.M. — The hearing is now on recess. 

Yovanovitch has left, we’re going on recess for the members to vote. pic.twitter.com/4z03rJNPWi

— Alex Thomas (@AlexThomasDC) November 15, 2019

10: 39 A.M. — 

Daniel Goldstein, lawyer for House Democrats: Were Trump’s dealings with Ukraine meant to advance his “personal and political interests rather than the national interest?”

Ex-Ambassor to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch: “Well, they certainly could.”

— Ryan Barber (@cryanbarber) November 15, 2019

10: 32 A.M. — 

Goldman: “Who was responsible for interfering and meddling in the 2016 election?”

Yovanovitch: “Well, the U.S. intelligence community has concluded that it was Russia.”

10: 26 A.M. —

Trump attacked Yovanovitch on Twitter during hearing.

Schiff: “Would you like to respond to the president’s attack that everywhere you went turned bad?”

Yovanovitch: “I don’t think I have such powers…I, and others have demonstrably made things better” https://t.co/BEw39BIexG pic.twitter.com/FAjvxG6vk3

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 15, 2019

“It’s very intimidating,” Yovanovitch adds of the president’s tweets. “The effect is to be intimidating.”

Schiff replies: “Some of us take witnesses intimidation very very seriously.”

10: 24 A.M. —

Yovanovitch said there was a concern on the “7th floor” that if a statement of support was issued that “it could be undermined…that the president might issue a tweet contradicting that.”

— Michael Tackett (@tackettdc) November 15, 2019

10: 21 A.M. — Goldman: “Was the allegation that you were bad-mouthing President Trump true?”

Yovanovitch: “No.”

10: 17 A.M. — President Trump tweets about the stock market during Yovanovitch’s testimony, calling the impeachment inquiry a “Witch Hunt.”

Another Record Stock Market, 21 times this year, despite an ongoing, & totally unfounded, Witch Hunt, & a Democrat Party that would love to see a nice, big, juicy recession. In actuality, the potential for the United States is unlimited. We will power through the Do Nothing Dems!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019

10: 16 A.M. — Yovanovitch states that when she was told Giuliani was going to “do things, including to me,” that “in hindsight that meant removing me.” 

10: 14 A.M. — Yovanovitch says she felt threatened by President Trump’s remark to Zelensky that “she’s going to go through some things”

“It kind of felt like vague threat,” she adds. 

She says her colleague told her that the “color drained from my face.”

“The color drained from my face”: Yovanovitch says she was “shocked and devastated” to see President Trump criticizing her in the memo of his call with Ukraine’s president https://t.co/qNx16IztcL pic.twitter.com/NP1sRQYBYM

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 15, 2019

10: 09 A.M. — Yovanovitch on the Trump-Zelensky call: “I was shocked and devastated that I would feature in a phonecall between two heads of state in such a manner. It was a terrible moment.”

10: 08 A.M. —

“A terrible thing to hear”: Yovanovitch says she was given “no real reason” why she was removed from her post or why President Trump had “lost confidence” in her https://t.co/qNx16IztcL pic.twitter.com/U9SqDKCgiJ

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 15, 2019

10: 05 A.M. — Yovanovitch says the night that State Department Director-General Carol Perez requested she return to Washington, D.C., she was awarding a posthumous prize to the father of anti-corruption activist Kateryna Handzyuk, who died from an acid attack.

10: 04 A.M. — Important point from Yovanovitch’s opening statement: 

Amb. Yovanovitch: don’t have “firsthand knowledge” of President Trump’s phone call, discussions surrounding ithttps://t.co/upI5tehqgf pic.twitter.com/k3zMCqaLge

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 15, 2019

10: 01 A.M. — President Trump slams Yovanovitch as she testifies: 

….They call it “serving at the pleasure of the President.” The U.S. now has a very strong and powerful foreign policy, much different than proceeding administrations. It is called, quite simply, America First! With all of that, however, I have done FAR more for Ukraine than O.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019

9: 59 A.M. —

.@Jim_Jordan made an important point earlier: Democrats still haven’t released transcripts from multiple other private interviews. And the rules Democrats passed prevent us from discussing those testimonies.

Dems are holding hearings while simultaneously barring important info.

— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) November 15, 2019

9: 58 A.M. —

Schiff: Is it fair to say that other ambassadors … might look at this and say if I take on corruption, this might happen to me?

Yovanovitch: “I think that’s a fair statement, yes.”

— Ben Siegel (@benyc) November 15, 2019

9: 56 A.M. —

“Yes, that is the case,” Yovanovitch says when Schiff asks if @DonaldJTrumpJr and Fox News hosts amplified Rudy Giuliani’s smear campaign against her.#ImpeachingHearings

— Chris Sommerfeldt (@C_Sommerfeldt) November 15, 2019

9: 52 A.M. — Yovanovitch concludes her opening statement: “I count myself lucky to be a foreign service officer, fortunate to serve with the best America has to offer, blessed to serve the American people for the last 33 years.”

9: 50 A.M. —

Yovanovitch praises foreign service officers who serve their country: pic.twitter.com/yBYpcT8oCq

— Grace Segers (@Grace_Segers) November 15, 2019

Not sure this is a good strategy: Yovanovitch is basically calling herself a hero for her sacrifice, associating herself w/victims of Benghazi and those from Cuba who suffered frm mysterious sonic attacks. “We answer the call 2 duty to advance and protect the interests of the US”

— Susan Crabtree (@susancrabtree) November 15, 2019

9: 49 A.M. — Yovanovitch claims she was “kneecapped” as 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,” she says. “This is not a time to undercut our diplomats.”

9: 46 A.M. —  Yovanovitch: “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…they apparently succeeded in orchestrating the removal of a U.S. Ambassador.”

She adds: “How could our system fail like this? How is it that foreign corrupt interests could manipulate our government? Which countries interests are served when the very corrupt behavior we have been criticizing is allowed to prevail?”

9: 44 A.M. — Yovanovitch: “Although I have met former Vice President Biden several times over the course of our many years in government, neither he nor the previous Administration ever raised the issue of either Burisma or Hunter Biden with me.”

Yovanovitch says she’s never spoken to or met with Hunter Biden. She has met Joe Biden over the years in government service, but says neither he nor the Obama administration ever brought up the issue of Burisma or his son to her. https://t.co/e4MIxYEeXU pic.twitter.com/CSZAEJJBGj

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 15, 2019

“I do not know Mr. Giuliani’s reasons for attacking me,” she adds. 

9: 43 A.M. —

NEW: WH @PressSec Stephanie Grisham says: “The President took the unprecedented steps to declassify and release the transcripts of both of his phone calls with President #Zelensky so that every American can see he did nothing wrong.” #Ukraine #transcript

— Brooke Singman (@brookefoxnews) November 15, 2019

9: 41 A.M. —  Yovanovitch“The allegation that I disseminated a ‘Do Not Prosecute’ list was a fabrication. Mr. Lutsenko, the former Ukrainian Prosecutor General who made that allegation, has acknowledged that the list never existed.”

She adds: “Also untrue are unsourced allegations that I told unidentified Embassy employees or Ukrainian officials that President Trump’s orders should be ignored because “he was going to be impeached”—or for any other reason. I did not and I would not say such a thing.”

9: 39 A.M. — Yovanovitch on her firing “How could our system fail like this? How is it that foreign corrupt interests could manipulate our government?”

9: 37 A.M. — Yovanovitch praises the Trump administration’s policy toward Ukraine: 

Yovanovitch says “The Trump administration strenghtened (US) policy” in Ukraine. “Supporting Ukraine is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.” #ImpeachmentHearing

— T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes) November 15, 2019

9: 32 A.M. — Yovanovitch begins her opening statement: “I come before you as an American citizen who has devoted the majority of my life, 33 years, to service to the country that all of us love … I had no agenda, other than to pursue our stated foreign policy goals.”

Marie Yovanovitch delivers opening statement: “I come before you as an American citizen who has devoted the majority of my life—33 years, to service to the country that all of us love…I had no agenda other than to pursue our stated foreign police goals.” https://t.co/QnjBJM8G9M pic.twitter.com/9RxOBkWyDA

— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) November 15, 2019

“My first tour was Mogadishu, Somalia, an increasingly dangerous place, as that country’s civil war kept grinding on and the government was weakening,” she adds. “The military took over policing functions in a particularly brutal away and many basic services disappeared.”

9: 27 A.M. — Schiff refuses to recognize Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for a point of order. 

“Holy cow:” Schiff ignores points of order to make a political pointhttps://t.co/p3JRxUCQQz pic.twitter.com/uz9oQguuy2

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 15, 2019

9: 26 A.M. —

Reps. Stefanik, Jordan & someone off-screen whose voice I didn’t recognize made or attempted to make points of order regarding whether they would be prohibited again for asking for the whistleblower’s identity (yes) and would release remaining transcripts (not answered).

— GovTrack.🇺🇸 (@govtrack) November 15, 2019

9: 25 A.M. — White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham says President Trump is watching Nunes’s opening statement, but will not watch the rest of the hearing. 

Is POTUS watching today? @PressSec tells us he’ll be watching Nunes’ opening statement “but the rest of the day he will be working hard for the American people.”

— Allie Malloy (@AlliemalCNN) November 15, 2019

9: 22 A.M. —

.@DevinNunes is reading the memorandum of the first @realDonaldTrump phone call with Zelensky in his opening statement. That’s why the @WhiteHouse waited until this morning to release it.

— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) November 15, 2019

9: 16 A.M. — Rep. Devin Nunes (D-CA) delivers his opening remarks: 

Rep. Nunes delivers opening statement at Yovanovich hearing: “It’s unfortunate that today and most of next week we will continue engaging in the Democrats’ daylong TV spectacles, instead of solving the problems we were all sent to Washington to address.” https://t.co/DPHclLTZoS pic.twitter.com/ncsZyTrr1F

— ABC News (@ABC) November 15, 2019

Top GOPer on Intel Cmte Nunes describes closed door depositions conducted by Intel Cmte “in the basement of the Capitol, like some sort of strange cult.”

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 15, 2019

Nunes: The American people may be seeing these absurdities for the first time, but Republicans on this dais are used to them.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 15, 2019

9: 14 A.M. — Schiff says of Yovanovitch: “She was considered an obstacle to the president’s personal agenda. For that she was smeared and cast aside.”

9: 13 A.M. — Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council member, says this of Yovanovitch ahead of her testimony: 

Fiona Hill testimony about Amb Yovanovitch: “… the best of the best in terms of a nonpartisan career official. And as a woman, and, you know, I don’t see always a lot of prominent women in these positions, she has the highest ranking woman diplomat.”

— margaret brennan (@margbrennan) November 15, 2019

9: 11 A.M. — The White House releases a memo of President’s Trump call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from April: 

JUST IN: White House releases transcript of Trump’s first call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. pic.twitter.com/0vdFYanjsN

— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) November 15, 2019

9: 10 A.M. — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is delivering his opening statement, offering a summary of Yovanovitch‘s work as the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

HAPPENING NOW: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) gives opening statement in second public impeachment hearing https://t.co/e4MIxYEeXU pic.twitter.com/YtAe7v1dnJ

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 15, 2019

9: 09 A.M. —

Marie Yovanovitch enters the hearing room for public impeachment hearing number 2. There is media interest in this event. pic.twitter.com/fDWVUcWUj6

— Miles Parks (@MilesParks) November 15, 2019

9: 06 A.M. — It’s clear that the Democrats have a public opinion problem regarding impeachment: 

Louisiana voters react to impeachment: “it’s a fake, phony sham”https://t.co/C6jfkcTzce pic.twitter.com/GcHAkJOIDT

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 15, 2019

8: 52 A.M. — Yovanovitch has arrived on Capitol Hill for her testimony. 

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives for public hearing in the impeachment inquiry.

She will testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee at 9 a.m. ET https://t.co/e4MIxYEeXU pic.twitter.com/vpEMhDfXfk

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 15, 2019

8: 20 A.M. — A long line has formed outside the hearing room where Yovanovitch is slated to testify: 

Long line waiting to get into the Marie Yovanovitch public hearing today. We’re live on @newsy later this hour with next steps in impeachment inquiry pic.twitter.com/3CXcc5j9ze

— Patrick Terpstra (@PatrickTerpstra) November 15, 2019

7: 49 A.M. — The media is setting up for Day Two of the House Democrats’ impeachment hearings: 

Preparing in the lobby of the House Longworth Office Building for the second hearing in the impeachment inquiry. Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine is scheduled to testify. Hearing starts at 9. pic.twitter.com/VAjnUfjviv

— Bart Jansen (@ganjansen) November 15, 2019

7: 32 A.M. — Ahead of Yovanovitch’s testimony, SiriusXM POTUS Channel host Michael Smerconish says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) faces a messaging problem regarding impeachment. 

“[She] realizes there’s a messaging issue here and it needs to be explained in straightforward terms without any Latin involved so that people can understand,” Smerconish tells CNN’s New Day

“[She] realizes there’s a messaging issue here and it needs to be explained in straightforward terms without any Latin involved so that people can understand.”@smerconish on Speaker Pelosi saying the President’s Ukraine dealings constitute “bribery.”https://t.co/1fIKbl8IGQ pic.twitter.com/xN8YMyNVVl

— New Day (@NewDay) November 15, 2019

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