Hillary Clinton tweeted Friday about “witness intimidation” after President Donald Trump’s Twitter post about former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was read aloud during a Home impeachment hearing.
” Witness intimidation is a criminal activity, no matter who does it. Complete stop,” Clinton said:
Witness intimidation is a crime, no matter who does it. Full stop.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 15, 2019
Yovanovitch was affirming before your house Intelligence Committee as part of its impeachment questions despite the fact that the former diplomat was dismissed by the president numerous weeks before the July 25 telephone call between Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky that introduced the Democrat’s partisan effort.
She would have been uninformed of Trump’s tweet, but Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) read it to her during the hearing, which stated, in part:
Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She began off in Somalia, how did that go? Then quick forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my 2nd call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to select ambassadors … They call it “serving at the pleasure of the President.” The U.S. now has a very strong and effective diplomacy, much different than proceeding administrations. It is called, quite just, America First! With all of that, however, I have actually done FAR more for Ukraine than O.
” Ambassador Yovanovitch, as we sit here affirming the president is assaulting you on Twitter, and I wish to provide you the possibility to respond,” Schiff stated during the hearing, reading off Trump’s tweets.
Trump’s opponents, consisting of Democrats like Clinton, quickly took hold of the witness intimidation talking point although Yovanovitch is not a witness in a criminal case and freely revealed her opinion throughout her time in front of the committee, including criticizing the president.
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