Yovanovitch: It's been a 'very, very difficult time'

Yovanovitch: It's been a 'very, very difficult time'
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Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchAmerica's diplomats deserve our respect House panel says key witness isn't cooperating in probe into Yovanovitch surveillance President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks MORE said that it has been a difficult time for her personally amid attacks on her reputation throughout the impeachment inquiry process.

"It's been a difficult time. I mean, I'm a private person. I don't want to put all that out there, but it's been a very, very difficult time because the president does have the right to have his own or her own ambassador in every country in the world," she said while testifying before Congress on Friday. 

Rep. Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellDemocratic candidates gear up for a dramatic Super Tuesday Bill banning menthol in cigarettes divides Democrats, with some seeing racial bias Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements MORE (D-Ala.) then asked whether the president has "the right to actually malign peoples' character," saying that she believes it would be against decorum to do so. 

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"There's a question as to why the kind of campaign to get me out of Ukraine happened, because all the president has to do is say he wants a different ambassador and in my line of work ... all we have is our reputation and so this has been a very painful period," Yovanovitch replied. 

Yovanovitch also said on Friday that a campaign spearheaded by President TrumpDonald John TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' MORE's attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani touts experimental coronavirus treatment in private conversations with Trump Trump team picks fight with Twitter, TV networks over political speech Sunday shows preview: As coronavirus spreads in the U.S., officials from each sector of public life weigh in MORE and others was to blame for what she described as false attacks that led to her dismissal earlier this year. 

She particularly referenced columns in The Hill written by former conservative opinion contributor John Solomon. 

Yovanovitch denied both bad-mouthing the president and giving a do-not-prosecute list to the former prosecutor general of Ukraine, an accusation initially included in a column by Solomon in The Hill after an interview with the prosecutor.