Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who was recalled from her post in May of 2019, was a so-called star witness for Democrats during the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Following her departure from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, Yovanovitch reportedly took up a position as a State Department fellow at Georgetown University. That assignment was only a temporary one, it now appears, as it was announced on Friday that the former ambassador officially retired from her job in the federal government, The Hill reported.
Role as impeachment witness
Yovanovitch’s testimony during the House inquiry was largely centered around her firing by President Trump, which was said by Democrats to have been the end result of an alleged smear campaign waged against her by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and some of his associates.
Ostensibly, the effort to have Yovanovitch removed from her post was a response to her efforts to stymie attempts by Trump’s representatives to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in Ukraine involving Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, and a corrupt Ukrainian energy firm known as Burisma Holdings.
The effort by Trump to look into Biden and Burisma doesn’t appear to have kicked off until mid-2019 — following a change in administration in Ukraine — however, secret audio recordings and subsequently released emails and texts suggest that the president desired Yovanovitch’s removal as early as mid-2018, if not even prior to that, which raises some questions about the Democrats’ purported timeline of events.
As an aside, it must be pointed out that as president, Trump was well within his rights to have Yovanovitch recalled or fired at any time, for any or no reason at all, rendering much of the media’s narrative surrounding the ambassador a totally moot point.
Lionized by mainstream media
Despite the career travails of Yovanovitch having no real bearing on anything in the big picture of things, the media establishment nonetheless latched onto her and heralded her as some sort of dignified and non-partisan hero whose departure from government service should be viewed as a tragic turn of events.
Such was the gist of a report from NPR about her retirement, which conveniently shared only her side of the story and the narrative that she had been unfairly targeted by the Bad Orange Man and his associates for no legitimate reason.
One interesting revelation from NPR, into which the reporter declined to delve further, was the timing of Yovanovitch’s retirement announcement — which, it was noted, came several months prior to the scheduled end date of her assignment at Georgetown — on the same day that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Ukraine to visit the Kyiv embassy and meet with top Ukrainian officials.
The NPR reporter pointed out only that other reporters accompanying Pompeo on the trip had noticed that there was still a picture of Yovanovitch on the wall at the embassy, one that showed her joined with a number of U.S. senators — including the late Trump-hating Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) — who’d gone to visit the Ukrainian troops fighting against Russian forces.
Oddly sudden retirement
The real reason for Yovanovitch’s sudden retirement from diplomatic service may never truly be known, and given the timing of the announcement while Pompeo was in Ukraine, there will undoubtedly be speculation about the possibility that her past anti-Trump actions were discovered.
We will just have to wait and see if anything further comes from the Yovanovitch story or if, by way of her retirement, that chapter has been closed, and she will simply fade away into obscurity as a mere footnote in history.