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New York Times PoliticsNov 15, 2019
Marie Yovanovitch Hearing: What to Expect From Her Impeachment Inquiry Testimony
The former ambassador to Ukraine will testify publicly about the campaign by Rudy Giuliani that led to her ouster and her shock and anger about the effort to get her fired.

The Daily BeastNov 14, 2019
Hannity Predicts Marie Yovanovitch Will Cry ‘on Cue' at Hearing
On the eve of Friday's open impeachment hearing featuring former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Fox News host Sean Hannity suggested Yovanovitch may look to create more drama by crying "on cue" throughout the proceedings.

During his show-opening monologue on Thursday, Hannity once again took aim at Yovanovitch over her testimony last month that she was told someone at the State Department "would place a call to Mr. Hannity" to get to the bottom of media attacks against her last spring. 

Yovanovitch, prior to being removed from her post, was targeted by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others after conservative columnist John Solomon reported a claim by former top Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko that Yovanovitch gave him a "do not prosecute" list. Lutsenko has since retracted that claim.

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The Daily BeastNov 14, 2019
Exclusive: Giuliani Ally Pete Sessions Was Eyed for Top Slot in Ukraine
At the same time that Rudy Giuliani and his now-indicted pals were pushing for President Donald Trump to remove Amb. Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine, Trump administration officials were eyeing potential contenders to take over her job. One of the people in the mix, according to three sources familiar with the discussions, was Rep. Pete Sessions, a former Congressman who called for Yovanovitch's firing. He is also a longtime ally of the former New York Mayor, and is believed to have taken millions of dollars from Giuliani's indicted cronies. 

Yovanovitch is set to testify to the Congressional impeachment inquiry on Nov. 15. The circumstances of her removal from Kyiv are of keen interest to investigators, and she has said the whisper campaign against her left her blindsided. Witnesses in the inquiry have said they believed the people who successfully pushed for her ouster wanted to replace her with someone more pliable — and maybe even more friendly to their business interests. 

Conversations about Sessions—and another possible pick for the job, Raul Mas Canosa, a South Florida businessman with deep ties to the Cuban expat community—circulated inside and outside the administration from late 2018 through the early months of 2019, according to the sources. Lev Parnas, a Giuliani associate

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