McKinley testified that in September, after the administration released a rough transcript of the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he pushed for the State Department to defend Yovanovitch by issuing a statement of support for the embattled ambassador.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday defended his public statement that a senior adviser did not ask him to issue a statement of support for the former US ambassador to Ukraine after the adviser testified to the House under oath that he asked Pompeo three times to do so.
Michael McKinley had spent decades as a diplomat when Pompeo asked him to be a senior adviser at State Department headquarters, but McKinley resigned after almost a year in the role, and just a week before testifying in the House's impeachment inquiry. CBS News State Department and foreign affairs reporter Christina Ruffini joins CBSN to explain the latest developments.
According to Kent, Lutsenko sought to remove Yovanovitch from her position by handing President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani information about her.More news: Silver Sluggers: Braves trio claim hitting honors for first time
The transcripts have also made clear that Pompeo resisted multiple appeals to issue statements in support of Yovanovitch after she was ousted from her post under political pressure.
Ms Yovanovitch was recalled from Kiev before the July 25 phone call between Mr Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky that is at the centre of the impeachment inquiry against the USA president.
"It's not surprising that when Ambassador Yovanovitch returned to the United States that he didn't raise that issue with me", the Secretary of State said.
In testimony also released on Monday, Yovanovitch told investigators that the campaign against her, which included an article that was retweeted by Donald Trump Jr., undermined her ability to serve as a "credible" ambassador and she wanted Pompeo to issue a statement defending her.More news: Google launches open-source project for Cardboard VR viewer
"It shouldn't surprise anyone that in May when that took place, he didn't say a thing to me".
"I trust the call, I trust President Zelensky and President Trump, and I trust the fact that the Ukrainians didn't know that the aid had been held and the Ukrainians did nothing to get it released when it was released".
Miller, who worked under seven secretaries of state, said Pompeo has been "very badly damaged" by Ukraine and that his actions, or lack of actions, "pose a huge problem for the Department of State, to the whole notion of professionalism and public service". "Not once, George, did Ambassador McKinley say something to me during that entire time period". Pompeo decided against it, McKinley told impeachment investigators, saying he did not want to draw "draw undue attention to her".
Last month, Pompeo told ABC News that McKinley never said a "single thing" about Yovanovitch to him.More news: Human Hand Found Inside a Tiger Shark