U.S. President wrote a message against Marie Yovanovitch while she was attending an impeachment inquiry public hearing.
As former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted a message mentioning her, which may be considered an act of "witness intimidation" in the context of investigations before a possible impeachment process.
"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," Trump said.
When the U.S. President t blasted Yovanovitch, she was describing how she had fought corruption in Ukraine and how Washington abruptly removed her from her post earlier this year.
Representative Adam Schiff, who chairs the impeachment investigation hearing, asked Yovanovitch for her reaction to Trump's tweet. She said it was “very intimidating.”
“I can’t speak to what the President is trying to do, but I think the effect is to be intimidating,” she said.
Schiff replied: “Well, I want to let you know, Ambassador, that some of us here take witness intimidation very, very seriously.”
Ambassador Yovanovitch's removal from Ukraine is the beginning of the story,
A story about the President’s efforts to coerce, condition, or bribe Ukraine for political investigations.
If you have any doubt that these are the facts, do what Trump says: