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 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 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 leaders press GOP to update Voting Rights Act New nonprofit aims to rename Edmund Pettus Bridge after John Lewis More than 100K sign petition to rename Edmund Pettus Bridge after John Lewis 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 TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE's attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Nadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' 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.