Trump recalled Ukraine ambassador after complaints from Giuliani, other allies: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE recalled then-Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchGrand jury adds additional counts against Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and and Igor Fruman Strzok: Trump behaving like an authoritarian Powell backs Biden at convention as Democrats rip Trump on security 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 BidenTop House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents Judge's ruling creates fresh hurdle for Trump's TikTok ban Harris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee 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 GiulianiVoters split on whether Trump, Biden will win first debate: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Trump's tax return bombshell Trump says Christie, Giuliani assisting debate prep 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 PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo blasts media coverage of Trump foreign policy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Trump's tax return bombshell US says it will leave Baghdad embassy if Iraq doesn't rein in attacks: report 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 BarrJuan Williams: Trump's Supreme Court power grab Federal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Why a backdoor to encrypted data is detrimental to cybersecurity and data integrity 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.