Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch received a rare standing ovation at the conclusion of her Friday testimony on Capitol Hill in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
The audience stood and cheered for the ousted ambassador as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff gaveled the meeting to a close. Citizens who sit in on congressional hearings are typically instructed to remain silent and respect decorum by abstaining from any audible outbursts.
The crowd in the public seating — as well as some Democrats — stood up and clapped and cheered for ambassador Yovanovitch after Schiff announced the end of the 2nd public hearing. pic.twitter.com/VtbqlOOls5
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) November 15, 2019
Yovanovitch ends her testimony to applause from the public pic.twitter.com/wBO1xF1Rx7
— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) November 15, 2019
The ousted ambassador was attacked by the president in a series of controversial tweets on Friday morning.
As she testified about her ouster in May at Trump’s direction, the president tweeted: “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.”
“It is a US President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors”, he added.
Yovanovitch was then asked in real-time about the president’s tweets. She told Schiff such attacks from the president were “intimidating” and that she did not understand why he would falsely smear her reputation.
As the audience applauded the former ambassador, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) repeatedly asked to be recognized.
His microphone was turned off as he continued to interrupt the chairman, reports The Hill.
Conaway cited the need to push back against “disparaging remarks” by Schiff against the Republicans.
“You disparaged members on this side of the aisle, we should have a chance to respond to your remarks,” he argued.
As Marie Yovanovitch departs the audience in the gallery breaks into applause and some give her a standing ovation because she has more than earned it. pic.twitter.com/ks0elkcFDA
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) November 15, 2019
Schiff did not respond to Conaway.