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 YovanovitchTrump lawyers offer defense of Giuliani on the Senate floor Fox News host knocks Pompeo for attack on NPR host: 'Don't be such a baby!' Giuliani: Bolton sacrificing his integrity 'to make a few bucks on a book' 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 SewellSanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements Biden gains endorsement from Alabama's lone Democratic House rep House panel advances Trump's new NAFTA 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 TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE's attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump lawyers offer defense of Giuliani on the Senate floor Giuliani: Bolton sacrificing his integrity 'to make a few bucks on a book' The Hill's Morning Report - Report of Bolton tell-all manuscript roils Trump defense 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.