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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut questioning former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during the second day of testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. Photo Credit: NBC News screenshot
On Friday, Nov. 15, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-CT, questioned Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, during a public Capitol Hill hearing as part of the House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry about President Donald Trump.
On Friday, Nov. 15, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-CT, questioned Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, during a public Capitol Hill hearing as part of the House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry about President Donald Trump. Video Credit: PBS NewsHour

Fairfield County Congressman Jim Himes Likens Trump To 'Mob Boss' In House Impeachment Hearings

Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes took a lead role during the seven-hour House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearing on Friday, Nov. 15 while questioning the third public witness, former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. 

Himes, whose 4th Congressional District includes Fairfield County, said: "I'm angry, and I've been angry since I learned about your summary (sic) and unexplained dismissal after a lifetime of excellent and faithful service to this country. I'm angry that a woman whose family fled Communism and Naziism, who served this country beautifully for 33 years, not in Paris and Rome,. but literally under fire in places like Mogadishu and Kyiv. I'm angry that a woman like you would be not just dismissed but humiliated and attacked by the President of the United States. . . .

"I'm not just angry for you, I'm angry for every single foreign service officer, for every single military officer or for every intelligence officer who right now might believe that a lifetime of service and excellence might be ignored by the President of the United States, but worse yet, attacked in language that would embarrass a mob boss. . . .

Himes continued, "As the President so memorably put in his tweet this morning: It is a U.S. president's absolute right to appoint ambassadors. I'm a little troubled about an absolute right."

Then Himes asked: "So you have the right to ask the Intelligence Community -- to ask what they're doing?"

Yovanovitch: Yes, "because sometimes operations have political consequences."

Himes asked what would happen if instead she went to dinner that night and handed over that same information to a Russian agent for $10,000? 

Yovanovitch: "I cannot begin to imagine, but I would imagine I'd be pulled out of post."

Himes later asked, "Why after an exemplary performance as ambassador to Ukraine did a president decide that you should be removed? Ambassador, If you had remained ambassador to Ukraine, would you have recommended to the President of the United States if he asked the new Ukrainian president to investigate -- and I'm quoting from the transcript here -- Crowd Strike or the Server.."

Yovanovitch, replied:  "No. I would repeat, once again, that the U.S. Intelligence Community has concluded that it was the Russians."

Himes: "If you had remained as Ambassador and not been summarily dismissed, would you have supported a three-month delay in congressionally-mandated aid to Ukraine."

Yovanovitch: "No."

Himes: ""Ambassador, If you had remained as ambassador to Ukraine would you have recommended to the President that he ask the new president of Ukraine to 'find out about Biden's son?'"

Yovanovitch: "No."

Himes, "I have no more questions."

A complete video of Himes' questioning can be found by clicking here.