President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told the New Yorker that he needed former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch “out of the way” because she was going to make the investigations of the Bidens and the 2016 election that he was pushing “difficult for everybody.”

Why it matters: Yovanovitch was recalled by Trump in April after her reputation was publicly tarnished in articles by The Hill’s John Solomon — a smear campaign that Giuliani admitted to coordinating.