The State Department had issued strict orders blocking Yovanovich from testifying before lawmakers. She defied that order on Friday, given a bit of cover thanks to a last-minute subpoena from Democrats. That has Democrats hopeful her stand will be contagious, spreading to the numerous other witnesses who have been asked to testify in the impeachment inquiry.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.), himself a former State Department official, left the briefing saying that Yovanovich was a person of “rare” integrity. “Her appearance here is very important and establishes that legally binding subpoenas not only should be but can be respected,” he said.