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 YovanovitchSenate confirms Trump's Russia ambassador The State Department: Nonpartisan service on behalf of America Nunes: 'Sickening' that Schiff obtained his phone records 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 SewellSenate must take up Voting Rights Advancement Act without delay The missing piece of the current health care debate House passes bill meant to restore Voting Rights Act 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 TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE's attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiConservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' Senate confirms Trump's Russia ambassador Prosecutors ask judge to revoke Giuliani associate Lev Parnas's bail 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.