White House officials on Friday reacted to news that former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch has secured a new book deal in which she is expected to reveal details about her in during the Trump administration.
Yovanovitch is writing a memoir that has yet to get a title and will be published through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, according to the Associated Press.
The fired diplomat played a central role in President Trump’s impeachment proceedings, testifying during the Democrat-led House impeachment inquiry presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani led a “smear campaign” that caused her termination.
The book deal, according to White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, is “yet another example of a civil servant trying to personally profit off the president,” she told the Daily Caller.
“Lets not forget this is a woman the media painted as a victim, and the democrats hailed as a hero who was motivated solely by patriotism. Not even a month later and she has a book deal? It’s self-serving, and I venture to say her motives will not be questioned by anyone in the mainstream media,” Grisham added.
“Yovanovitch’s book will deliver pointed reflections on the issues confronting America today, and thoughts on how we can shore up our democracy,” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said in an announcement.
Yovanovitch began serving as the ambassador to Ukraine during the Obama administration. She has been criticized by Republicans for not doing enough to push back against reported interference in the 2016 election to benefit Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Democrats, meanwhile, have pushed back on the allegation, claiming there is no evidence of Ukrainian interference, let alone any evidence to assist Clinton over Trump.