By Jeremy Herb and Lauren Fox, CNN
Updated 9:40 AM ET, Fri October 11, 2019
Washington (CNN) Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is slated to testify on Capitol Hill behind closed doors Friday, a high-stakes deposition that could shed light onto the role the Trump administration played in withholding US military aid to the country as President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani pushed Ukraine to open an investigation into Joe Biden.
Yovanovitch was unexpectedly pulled from her position in the spring, and her ousting was cited in the whistleblower’s complaint as having raised red flags about whether the President was abusing his office by soliciting foreign interference in the election to help find dirt on former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter.
Giuliani had played a role in pushing for Yovanovitch to be withdrawn, gathering documents attacking Yovanovitch that were given to the State Department. He told the Wall Street Journal he had brought to Trump’s attention some of the allegations that had surfaced that she was not loyal to the President abroad, which department officials said were baseless.
Democrats are eager to question Yovanovitch about her time in Ukraine as well as specifically what she was told about military aid being withheld, as well as the circumstances surrounding her ousting.