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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Giuliani, Trump, and Yovanovitch

In Defying the Odds, we discuss Trump's character and record of dishonestyThe update -- recently published --includes a chapter on the 2018 midterms.  Impeachment is becoming likely this week.

Q    Was Marie Yovanovitch the target of a smear campaign by your allies?  She testified she was.
THE PRESIDENT:  I really don’t know her.  But if you look at the transcripts, the President of Ukraine was not a fan of hers either.  I mean, he did not exactly say glowing things.  I’m sure she’s a very fine woman.  I just don’t know much about her.
Giuliani has contradicted that denial.  Kenneth Vogel at NYT:
Rudolph W. Giuliani said on Monday that he provided President Trump with detailed information this year about how the United States ambassador to Ukraine was, in Mr. Giuliani’s view, impeding investigations that could benefit Mr. Trump, setting in motion the ambassador’s recall from her post.
In an interview, Mr. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, described how he passed along to Mr. Trump “a couple of times” accounts about how the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch, had frustrated efforts that could be politically helpful to Mr. Trump. They included investigations involving former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Ukrainians who disseminated documents that damaged Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign.