READ: Marie Yovanovitch’s opening remarks at public impeachment hearing

As prepared for delivery: I come before you as an American citizen, who has devoted the majority of my life, 33 years, to service to the country that all of us love. Like my colleagues, I entered the Foreign Service understanding that my job was to implement the foreign policy interests of this nation, as defined by the President and Congress, and to do so regardless of which person or party was in power. I had no agenda other than to pursue our stated foreign policy goals. My service is an expression of gratitude for all that this country has given my family and me. My late parents did not have the good fortune to come of age in a …