We’ve already gone from “quid pro quo” to bribery, and now Democrats’ newest impeachment-related allegation against President Donald Trump is witness intimidation.
During the House Intelligence Committee’s Friday morning open impeachment probe hearing with former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, chairman Adam Schiff paused the proceedings to read a tweet from the president criticizing the career diplomat.
“Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” Trump said. “She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.”
Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
When asked to respond to her former boss, Yovanovitch said, “I don’t think I have such powers, not in Mogadishu, Somalia, and not in other places. I actually think that, where I served over the years, I and others have demonstrably made things better for the U.S. as well as for the countries that I’ve served in.”
Schiff asks Yovanovitch to respond to Trump's tweet, posted during her hearing, claiming that everywhere she worked "turned bad"
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 15, 2019
"The president is trying to intimidate Ambassador Yovanovitch. It's not going to work…But I do worry that this could have a chilling effect on others who have seen wrongdoing and may not come forward because of what [Trump] is doing." —@RepSwalwell #ImpeachmentHearing pic.twitter.com/fwPrHJtF2t
— CAP Action (@CAPAction) November 15, 2019
This is witness intimidation. https://t.co/CbCYjprVYm
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) November 15, 2019
The president just demonstrated witness intimidation & obstruction of justice in real time. Yuvanovitch is a dedicated, truth-telling, career foreign service official who knows how to put country first, over partisanship. Trumps actions are truly dangerous. https://t.co/Ex0W6iV1lT
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) November 15, 2019
Witness intimidation is a crime. pic.twitter.com/d7Ave23Dat
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 15, 2019
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