Evangelical groups lobbied Pompeo to fire Yovanovitch in 2018

Evangelical groups lobbied Pompeo to fire Yovanovitch in 2018
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Dozens of evangelical Christian organizations lobbied the State Department to fire Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchMarie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Cheney clashes with Trump Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November MORE, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, in 2018 over her support for an LGBT pride parade in Kyiv.

BuzzFeed News reported Wednesday that a letter sent by 39 organizations to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Air Force general officially becomes first African American service chief | Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure | State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration State Department offers M reward for foreign election interference information State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration MORE cited Yovanovitch's support for an LGBT parade that year in downtown Kyiv, which the groups said undermined President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE's "conservative policy for the USA and its foreign policy." 

The groups also made known their objection to police actions after law enforcement allegedly dispersed and detained some religious protesters opposed to the event.

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"There is no justification for the fact that, after brutal beatings and dispersal of Christians Marie Yovanovitch — the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine walked in the front rows of the 'march of dignity' and proudly held the American flag of the great nation of God," the groups wrote.

“We, the public and religious organizations of Ukraine, demand the Congress and the U.S. authorities to recall the U.S. Ambassador and give the appropriate assessment of her actions that openly discredit President Trump,” the letter continued.

The effort was led by a U.S.-based evangelical pastor, Dale Armstrong, who provided the letter to BuzzFeed and told the news outlet that his church previously led prayers asking for Yovanovitch to be removed.

Yovanovitch eventually left the post last year.

The former ambassador played a key role in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump's dealings with Ukraine that began late last year. Yovanovitch served as a witness during closed and public hearings describing her ouster and American policy in the region.

The diplomat was removed from her post in 2019 and eventually retired from the State Department. She was removed after she insisted that Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani says Black Lives Matter is 'domestic terrorist' group Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign call for earlier debate The Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  MORE's request for investigations into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Biden clarifies comments comparing African American and Latino communities Kanye West may have missed deadline to get on Wisconsin ballot by minutes: report MORE and his son Hunter Biden go through official channels.