President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE recalled then-Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchGiuliani hires attorneys who defended Harvey Weinstein The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Former Ukrainian prosecutor says he was fired for not investigating Hunter Biden: report MORE this spring amid complaints from his supporters, including that she was stymying efforts to get Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
Trump's recall of Yovanovitch has been a focal point in Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry, which is largely centered around the president's July 25 conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump called for a Biden probe while hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid hung in the balance.
Trump's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiLev Parnas found guilty of breaking campaign finance laws Giuliani associate Lev Parnas won't testify at trial Four Seasons Total Landscaping comes full circle with MSNBC special MORE told the Journal that Yovanovitch had shown anti-Trump bias in private conversations and was an obstacle to getting Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter.
Additionally, Giuliani reportedly gave Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe The CIA's next mission: Strategic competition with China and Russia Biden, Trump tied in potential 2024 match-up: poll MORE a nine-page document — dated March 28 — that included a timeline of Biden's dealings in Ukraine. The document also described Yovanovitch as being "very close" to the former vice president.
Giuliani's role has come under fierce scrutiny after a partial transcript of the July 25 phone call released by the White House showed that Trump wanted Zelensky to coordinate with the former New York mayor — as well as with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMeadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on Bannon's subpoena snub sets up big decision for Biden DOJ MORE — on the Biden investigation.
While Yovanovitch's departure in May from the eastern European country was framed as "planned” by the State Department, her tenure as ambassador was three months short of the customary three-year term.
A senior Ukraine official told the Journal that Yovanovitch "was doing everything by the book."
"I heard very bad things about her," Trump said when asked Thursday why he recalled Yovanovitch.
"And I don’t know if I recalled her or somebody recalled her, but I heard very, very bad things about her for a long period of time," he continued. "Not good."
Yovanovitch is scheduled to speak with House lawmakers next week amid their impeachment proceedings.