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Reeker, a career foreign servicer officer, was named the acting assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian affairs in March, a few months before Yovanovitch became a political target and was removed from her post. Just before her ouster, however, Reeker wanted to draft a strongly-worded statement from State Department officials to strike back at the attacks she was enduring in conservative media and by allies of Trump. But that letter was scotched by David Hale, the No. 3 official in the State Department, according to the person familar with Reeker's testimony.

State Department Crushed Philip Reeker's Plan To Support Ukrainian Ambassador : NPR

Philip Reeker, a U.S. diplomat overseeing European affairs, testified he had plans to defend former Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, but Reeker was overruled by top State Department officials.
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