Republicans in Congress who are struggling to find their spines might look to former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch as a role model. (The Times):
In a closed-door deposition that could further fuel calls for Mr. Trump’s impeachment, Ms. Yovanovitch delivered a scathing indictment of his administration’s conduct of foreign policy. She warned that private influence and personal gain have usurped diplomats’ judgment, threatening to undermine the nation’s interests and drive talented professionals out of public service…
Ms. Yovanovitch’s searing account, delivered at the risk of losing her job, could lend new momentum to the impeachment inquiry that imperils Mr. Trump. She said undermining loyal diplomats would embolden “bad actors” who will “see how easy it is to use fiction and innuendo to manipulate our system” and serve the interests of adversaries, including Russia.
“Today we see the State Department attacked and hollowed out from within,” she said. She said the allegations that she was disloyal to Mr. Trump, circulated by allies of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, were totally “fictitious.”
“I do not know Mr. Giuliani’s motives for attacking me,” she said. But people associated with Mr. Giuliani “may well have believed that their personal financial ambitions were stymied by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine,” she said.
According to the reports, Yovanovitch didn’t have anything to add about the hit job on the Bidens, probably because Giuliani’s goons correctly pegged her as a straight arrow who wasn’t prepared to subvert US foreign policy to appease Trump and turn a profit. But she called that crooked bunch out, and brava to her for doing that service to her country. Thousands of public servants are watching. Let’s hope they decide to be brave Yovanovitches rather than cowardly Pompeos.