Marie Yovanovitch, identified by federal prosecutors as an alleged target of Rudy Giuliani’s Soviet-born associates, is a Princeton-educated career diplomat.
A Canadian immigrant, Yovanovitch rose to be an American ambassador, earning an appointment to Kiev under President Barack Obama in 2016.
But by 2019, Giuliani was purportedly grousing to President Trump that Yovanovitch was bent on undermining his probe of Joe Biden and his son’s dealings in Ukraine.
In May — two months before Trump’s phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that launched a Beltway firestorm — Yovanovitch was recalled to Washington on Giuliani’s advice, the feds said Thursday.
Her recall and eventual ouster reportedly came over the objections of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, underscoring an apparent schism within the Trump administration’s ranks.
In that call with Zelensky, Trump branded Yovanovitch “bad news,” according to a summary of the conversation released by the White House.