It’s also unclear which of Livingston’s clients — if any — was pushing for her ouster.
But the revelation that Livingston had urged for Yovanovitch to be fired adds to the intrigue around a shadow campaign by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, and others to allegedly push out Yovanovitch.
Livingston spoke to Croft on behalf of one of his clients — a Ukrainian association of steel companies called the Association of Enterprises UKRMETALURGPROM — on May 17, 2018, while she was still at the NSC, according to a previously filed disclosure made by his firm, the Livingston Group.
Livingston lobbied her on Trump’s steel tariffs and discussed the upcoming visit to Washington of Natalia Mykolska, Ukraine’s deputy minister of economic development and trade.
Livingston stopped working for the trade group last year but resumed his lobbying in September of this year. He emailed Croft — who’d since moved to the State Department — about Ukrainian steel exports on Sept. 27, according to the newly filed disclosure.
Neither disclosure indicates any wrongdoing by Livingston. But it comes as Trump faces an impeachment inquiry focused on his efforts to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and what he has described as Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.
Livingston didn’t respond to a request for comment.