Marie Yovanovitch launches an insurrection

October 23, 2019 | Swanee Hunt

This morning I stood in front of the Capitol to tell CNN viewers that what is going on in the building behind me is not business as usual. The testimony gathered in the impeachment exploration is creating a seismic shift.

We recently saw Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch all over the news, boldly marching across Capitol grounds to testify before Congress. I knew her when I was ambassador to Austria. She was the US ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, backing women outside the government who were working on education, human rights, independent media, corruption, etc.

What Marie faces now is heart-rending. She left one branch of government to go over to another, responding to a legal subpoena. And she complied because she had taken an oath she’s been upholding for 33 years—one that isn’t to the State Department or even the President, but to the constitution.

For the past 25 years, I’ve seen women leaders all over the world stare down daunting opponents for the greater good. But never would I have imagined that one of those women would be a central figure in our own nation’s constitutional crisis.

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Marie Yovanovitch launches an insurrection