Ex-Ukraine ambassador arrives to give testimony

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch appeared on Capitol Hill Friday morning for closed-door testimony in the House impeachment inquiry.

Yovanovitch is expected to discuss her dismissal as ambassador in May, when she was recalled to Washington, and her knowledge of the efforts by President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE and his personal lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBob Dole: 'I'm a Trumper' but 'I'm sort of Trumped out' Ex-Trump adviser Barrack charged with secretly lobbying for UAE Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE, to pressure the Ukrainian government to open a corruption investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE and his son.

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Her appearance bucked expectations. On Tuesday, the White House counsel issued a letter warning Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse rejects GOP effort to seat McCarthy's picks for Jan. 6 panel GOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing Five things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work MORE (D-Calif.) that it has no intention of cooperating in the Democrats' requests for documents and witness testimony as they pursue their impeachment inquiry.

And State Department Secretary Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE earlier in the week had blocked the deposition of another top diplomat, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who had flown to Washington and expressed interest in testifying before the three committees — Intelligence, Oversight and Reform and Foreign Affairs — leading the impeachment investigation.

Sondland has since been subpoenaed, and his lawyer said Friday that Sondland hopes to testify next week.

It's unclear if Yovanovitch was cleared by the State Department to testify Friday, or if her appearance came in defiance of the White House's threat of blanket stonewalling.

Leading up to her arrival in the Capitol, where scores of reporters and banks of cameras were waiting uncertainly, there was plenty of speculation about whether she would appear or not.

As lawmakers from both parties trickled in ahead of the 10 a.m. deposition, they all seemed to be equally in the dark about whether she would testify.

"I haven't heard a thing," said Rep. Mike QuigleyMichael (Mike) Bruce QuigleyCarole Baskin: People 'will be outraged' by conditions exotic animals face House panel includes 0 million election security grant in proposed appropriations bill Fitness industry group hires new CEO amid lobbying push MORE (D-Ill.), a member of the Intelligence Committee, as he descended the Capitol staircase to the secure basement hearing room where the closed-door deposition is taking place.

Other lawmakers seen entering the hearing were Democratic Reps. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesPelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality House panel spars over GameStop frenzy, trading apps COVID-19 could complicate Pelosi's path to Speaker next year MORE (Conn.), Denny HeckDennis (Denny) Lynn HeckExclusive: Guccifer 2.0 hacked memos expand on Pennsylvania House races Heck enjoys second political wind Incoming lawmaker feeling a bit overwhelmed MORE (Wash.) and Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFive things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work Schiff: Jan. 6 committee mulling subpoenas, testimony from riot participants House erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role MORE (Calif.), the chairman of the Intelligence Committee. GOP members included Reps. Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTrump to Pence on Jan. 6: 'You don't have the courage' Trump said whoever leaked information about stay in White House bunker should be 'executed,' author claims 'Just say we won,' Giuliani told Trump aides on election night: book MORE (N.C.), Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinSunday shows preview: Biden defends troop withdrawal in Afghanistan; COVID-19 impacting unvaccinated pockets Misled condemnation of the Lebanese Armed Forces will help Hezbollah New York GOP backs Zeldin for governor MORE (N.Y.), Scott PerryScott Gordon Perry21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Republicans seek to sink Jan. 6 commission DCCC targets Republicans for touting stimulus bill they voted against MORE (Pa.) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanBritney Spears's new attorney files motion to remove her dad as conservator House rejects GOP effort to seat McCarthy's picks for Jan. 6 panel GOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing MORE (Ohio), the ranking member of the Oversight panel.