The former US ambassador to Ukraine, whose abrupt departure has become a focus of impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, has told congressional investigators that the president personally pressured the state department to recall her as part of a “concerted campaign” against her.
Ambassadors of the United States are persons nominated as ambassadors by the President to serve as United States diplomats to individual nations of the world, to international organizations, and as ambassadors-at-large. Their appointment needs to be confirmed by the United States Senate. An ambassador can be appointed during a recess, but he or she can only serve as ambassador until the end of the next session of Congress unless subsequently confirmed. Ambassadors serve “at the pleasure of the President”, meaning they can be dismissed at any time.
An ambassador may be a career Foreign Service Officer (career diplomat – CD) or a political appointee (PA). In most cases, career foreign service officers serve a tour of approximately three years per ambassadorship
Marie Louise Yovanovitch (born 1958) is a member of the Senior United States Foreign Service who served as the 9th United States Ambassador to Ukraine. She was nominated to the post on May 18, 2016, to replace Geoff Pyatt; was sworn in on August 18, 2016; and was recalled as of May 20, 2019.
Looks like she served her 3 years in post. And it is, even for a career officer, still at the pleasure of the President.
But, you know, Orange Man.
Yes, I know, a heart attack isn’t what it used to be.
Bernie Sanders had a heart attack, campaign says as senator leaves hospital
But social attitudes usually trail behind medical advances. I’d say that’s the end of Bernie’s campaign. Purely my reading of the American public – something subject to very large error bars – but the required imagery of forceful vitality just won’t be there.
Can’t say it breaks my heart that Bernie won’t be running the world but there we are.
Of all the places to argue that only the government should be trusted with guns, Beto O’Rourke picked…Kent State University.
It’s not even the right place to start arguing that “well regulated militia” actually means only the National Guard get to have the guns….
Jeremy Corbyn will scrap controls on immigration and hand foreign nationals the right to vote in future elections and referendums if Labour wins power.
The Labour leader will head into the next election promising to extend freedom of movement to migrants around the world, along with abolishing detention centres, under plans approved on Wednesday.
TBP doesn’t have to do a Tommy Robinson to be able to appeal to that voter base either.
Donald Trump is to face a formal impeachment inquiry as Democrats claimed he violated the US Constitution.
Mr Trump has accused Democrats of another political “witch hunt”.
So what happens next?
What are the allegations against Donald Trump?
A whistleblower in the US intelligence community has made an internal complaint.
He – it is a man – alleges that Mr Trump, in a July 25 phone call, urged the leader of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, and his son Hunter Biden who sat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
Why have the Democrats launched impeachment proceedings?
The Democrats claim Mr Trump’s alleged actions show he violated the Constitution by inviting help from a foreign power in a domestic election.
The thing being that Hunter’s up to his neck in it as is his father. They should be investigated.
Still, partisan politics, eh?
Amber Rudd calls for proportional voting system to be discussed
Because PR is how wet centrist technocrats stay in power, isn’t it?
Donald Trump has fired his national security adviser, John Bolton, in a pair of tweets in which he laid bare searing internal divisions within his inner circle, saying he had “disagreed strongly” with his top aide.
If you don’t agree with the adviser then you need a new adviser.
Natalie Louise Bennett (born 10 February 1966) is a British politician and journalist who was born and raised in Australia. She led the Green Party of England and Wales from September 2012 to September 2016. Bennett was given a peerage in Theresa May’s 2019 resignation honours.
Leading the Greens gets you a peerage and leading Ukip doesn’t?
Amber Rudd quit the Cabinet and the Conservative Party on Saturday night, attacking the “short-sighted” ousting of pro-EU MPs and saying she believed Boris Johnson was now aiming for a no-deal Brexit.
In a letter to Mr Johnson, the Work and Pensions Secretary insisted she had joined the Cabinet in “good faith” but said she was no longer convinced that “leaving with a deal is the Government’s main objective”.
Ms Rudd’s resignation, on the eve of Mr Johnson’s second attempt to secure an election, will fuel an already seismic row in the Conservative Party over its stance on Brexit, with sources claiming more MPs are preparing to quit on Monday.
Get the Remoaners to resign the whip, the government falls, no one else has a majority, election time!
Boris and Donald: two leaders afraid to do the hard work of running a country
BoJo is at least attempting to have the power – by taking it back from Brussels – to be able to run a country.
In recent months Mr Biden has made a slew of errors in public, sometimes simply saying the wrong word and at other times making factual inaccuracies.
He’s always made these sorts of mistakes.
Carrie Symonds will join Boris Johnson at Balmoral and become first PM’s girlfriend to meet Queen
Difficult to recall whether any of our recent milquetoasts actually had girlfriends. But Edwina Currie’s definitely met the Queen.
Tory rebels ‘welcome’ plan to install Jeremy Corbyn as caretaker Prime Minister to stop no deal Brexit
The plan’s dead already as Jo Swinson won’t support it.
Relaxing green belt restrictions would be highly unpopular with voters, campaigners have warned, after Boris Johnson promoted several advocated of major planning reform to his Cabinet.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England is expected to publish a new poll showing that 63 per cent of the population oppose changes making it easier for homes to be built on green belt land – the protected zones across the country designed to prevent urban sprawl.
We can all agree that CPRE wouldn’t be releasing a poll where peeps said, sure, fine, just build on the damn stuff, yes?
It was a sobering night for the Labour party (1,680 votes), which was beaten into fourth place by the Brexit party (3,331), and only just held on to its deposit. Ukip (242) came last behind the Monster Raving Loony party (334).
Just damn well leave beats antisemitism and allying with the boot boys is beaten by the actual loonies.
Turns out we’re not all that racist, doesn’t it?
Oh, and TBP vote is larger than Tories losing margin – Boris is going to need either a deal or Brexit.
Theresa May is facing a new cronyism row as it emerged that her controversial chief of staff is expected to be appointed to the House of Lords.
Tory sources said that Gavin Barwell, who was appointed to Downing Street after being ousted as MP for Croydon Central, headed a resignation honours list drawn up by the Prime Minister before her departure.
A peerage for Mr Barwell would infuriate many Tory Eurosceptics after he was blamed for helping to orchestrate the Brexit deal that Brexiteers insisted could leave the UK tied to the EU’s structures indefinitely.
Every Prime Minister has done it on their departure. That’s why we have the Resignation Honours list itself.