Trump Lashes out at Ex-Ambassador to Ukraine During Her Testimony in Impeachment Probe

During the second day of open impeachment hearings, President Donald Trump lashed out at the former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch as she testified about her experience being removed from her post.

Trump tweeted that “everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad” adding that the Ukrainian president said he thought she was a bad ambassador during a phone call with Trump.

“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.”

While House Democrats’ counsel was questioning Yovanovitch, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) interrupted to read the tweet, “It seems like an appropriate time. Ambassador Yovonavitch as we sit here testifying, the president is attacking you on Twitter, and I’d like to give you a chance to respond.”

Watch the exchange below:

Yovanovitch defended her tenure at the State Department, saying she believes she helped make the places she served better. She said she found the tweet to be “very intimidating” but added that she didn’t know Trump’s motives for the tweet.

“I can’t speak to what the president is trying to do, but I think the effect is to be intimidating.”

Schiff responded, “Well, I want you to know, Ambassador, that some of us here take witness intimidation very, very seriously.”

Trump’s tweet drew almost immediate condemnation from both sides of the political aisle.

Trump maintained in his tweet that he has the right to appoint and fire ambassadors at will, “They call it ‘serving at the pleasure of the President.'”

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General Confusion
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Interested buyers should keep their powder dry until after King Donald The Loser gets deposed in the 2020.

Real estate buyers aren’t confused by the main rule: Buy low, sell high.

Bob
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Yea confuction where do you and the demonrat party stand with the breaking of the Constitution and laws of the land by the demonrat party????

General Confusion
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I don’t call this obstruction, nor intimidation, I call it “speaking the truth”.” Joyce

I am confused, again.

So if obstruction of justice doesn’t turn your crank and you are O.K. with intimidation, just what does get you riled up?

How about breaking the Constitution, or breaking our election laws? Where DO you draw a line?

ron
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why would schiff bring the tweet up during the hearing? the tweet had nothing to do with the impeachment hearing. as a ambassador i would hope that her feeling don’t get hurt that easy. also Trump remove her from ukraine and didn’t fire her,. she still works for the state dept.

John
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The definition of witness intimidation: “Witness tampering is the act of attempting to alter or prevent the testimony of witnesses within criminal or civil proceedings.” For someone who has a law degree, Schiff doesn’t know much

Michael
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“Trump tweets 100% factual statements.”

Wow. Sherri putting her ignorance into words for the IJR readers to see.

Cherl
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Schiff performs like an even smaller Hitler. What a putz. He was all giddy to read President Trump’s tweet during the “inquiry”. Further adding to what he perceives as his absolute power. There appears to be something lurking that hasn’t come out yet. Not sure that she is the quiet innocent that she is trying to portray

Joyce
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I don’t call this obstruction, nor intimidation, I call it “speaking the truth”. As it has come out this afternoon that Yovanavitch was due to be called back to the U.S. after her three years appointment to Ukraine was over with. She (Y0vanavitch), and the Democrats makes it sound as if she had been wronged by President Trunp by being recalled. She stated this today during the sham hearings that her time was up, so what is the problem with Yovanavitch bellyaching about her job that was over with.

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