US ambassador pressed Ukraine corruption fight before ouster

  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during an event hosted by the Department of State’s Energy Resources Governance Initiative in New York, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • In this March 6, 2019 file photo, then U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, center, sits during her meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev, Ukraine. Months before the call that set off an impeachment inquiry, many in the diplomatic community were alarmed by the Trump administration’s abrupt removal of a career diplomat from her post as ambassador to Ukraine. The ambassador’s ouster, and the political campaign against her that preceded it, are now emerging as a key sequence of events behind the whistleblower’s complaint against the president. (Mikhail Palinchak, Presidential Press Service Pool Photo via AP)

WASHINGTON — Months before the call that set off an impeachment inquiry, many in the diplomatic community were alarmed by the Trump administration’s abrupt removal of a career diplomat from her post as ambassador to Ukraine.

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