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Former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch

Former US ambassador to Ukraine and a career diplomat Marie Yovanovitch put her finger dead on the issue: On the one hand there lay what Trump loyalist Gordan Sondland represented: “he was being involved in a domestic political errand and we were being involved in national-security foreign policy,” she said. On the other side lies the State Department, which “is being hollowed out from within at a competitive and complex time on the world stage.” In other words, at a time of rising competition from Russian and Chinese imperialism, US imperialism needs a layer of trained and tried and true diplomats to look out for its interests, rather than the interests of just one individual, Donald Trump.

That is what these impeachment hearings are really all about. Will US foreign policy be conducted in the interests of the dominant wings of the…

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