U.S. Diplomat Testifies State Dept. Stymied Support For Yavanovitch

U.S. Diplomat Testifies State Dept. Stymied Support For Yavanovitch
Reeker, a U.S. diplomat, was subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee to testify as part of the impeachment inquiry.

A U.S. diplomat who oversees European affairs defied State Department orders and testified in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Saturday.

In a hearing lasting more than eight hours, multiple outlets report that Acting Assistant Secretary of State Philip Reeker did not provide any significant allegations about President Trump asking Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. But he did fill in some blanks about the firing of the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.

Reeker reportedly advocated for drafting a statement in support of Yovanovitch, in response to attacks she faced from conservative media outlets. But other State Department officials reportedly forbade it.

The State Department had told Reeker, like other officials being subpoenaed, not to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry. The department also reportedly attempted to limit the scope of his testimony.

Rep. Stephen Lynch, a member of the House Oversight Committee, said that Reeker's testimony was "a much richer reservoir of information than we originally expected,” but did not elaborate.