Impeachment witness Marie Yovanovitch has signed a book deal that is reportedly worth seven figures.
In a press release:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media (HMH Books & Media) announced today it has acquired a memoir by former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. The as yet untitled memoir will recount her long career in the U.S. foreign service, which took her from Mogadishu to Moscow to Kyiv and finally back to Washington, DC—where, to her dismay, she found a political system beset by many of the same challenges she had spent her career combating overseas.
In addition to tales from her eventful and accomplished life as a senior American diplomat, Yovanovitch’s book will deliver pointed reflections on the issues confronting America today, and thoughts on how we can shore up our democracy.
DailyMail reports financial terms were not disclosed, but two people familiar with the deal told the AP that the agreement was worth seven figures, even though the book is not expected until Spring 2021, months after this fall’s election.
They were not authorized to discuss negotiations and spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss financial terms.
Yovanovitch was represented by the Javelin literary agency, where other clients include former FBI Director James Comey and former national security adviser John Bolton.
‘Ambassador Yovanovitch has had a 30-year career of public service in many locations, with many lessons to be drawn. This is about much more than just the recent controversy,’ said Houghton Mifflin Senior Vice President and Publisher Bruce Nichols, in response to a question about why her book wasn’t coming out this year.
Yovanovitch told House investigators last year that Ukrainian officials had warned her in advance that Rudy Giuliani and other Trump insiders were planning to ‘do things, including to me’ and were ‘looking to hurt’ her.
Pushed out of her job earlier in 2019 on Trump´s orders, she testified that a senior Ukrainian official told her that ‘I really needed to watch my back.’
Per TCO, during Yovanovitch’s impeachment testimony, President Trump tweeted:
Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.
….They call it “serving at the pleasure of the President.” The U.S. now has a very strong and powerful foreign policy, much different than proceeding administrations. It is called, quite simply, America First! With all of that, however, I have done FAR more for Ukraine than O.
Yahoo reported earlier this month Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was disgraced by President Trump amid the heated impeachment inquiry, received an award for her excellent conduct in diplomacy.
The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University gave Yovanovitch the Trainor Award during a ceremony on Wednesday. Every year, the Trainor Award is given to an “outstanding American or foreigner for distinction in the conduct of diplomacy,” according to the Institute.
Yovanovitch warned about the leadership within the State Department as she received the award at a university auditorium. It was her first public appearance since her hearing with lawmakers during the House impeachment inquiry in November.
“Right now, the State Department is in trouble,” Yovanovitch said during the award ceremony, The New York Times reported. “Senior leaders lack policy vision, moral clarity and leadership.”
"One of the things that has sustained me is the support of all of you,” Former U.S. Amb. to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who testified in the impeachment probe, says at Georgetown University as she reflects about the past year. https://t.co/sNEqed9nze pic.twitter.com/PPFj1vjvv0
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