The White House has pushed back against House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who claimed that a tweet President Donald Trump posted on Nov. 15 constituted witness intimidation.
“The tweet was not witness intimidation, it was simply the Presidents opinion, which he is entitled to,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement Friday.
While ex-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was testifying to the committee on Friday about, among other things, why she was removed from her position, Trump took to Twitter to give his side of the story: “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.”
He added that “It is a U.S. Presidents absolute right to appoint ambassadors.”
Schiff told Yovanovitch: “As we sit here testifying, the president is attacking you on Twitter. And Id like to give a chance to respond.”
Schiff read part of what Trump wrote.
“I dont think I have such powers, not in Mogadishu, Somalia, and not in other places,” Yovanovitch responded when Schiff asked her to respond to Trumps “everywhere went bad” remark.
“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 Ive served in,” she added.
Yovanovitch, who was criticized by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July phone call with Trump, called Trumps comments “very intimidating.”
Schiff told reporters during a break in the hearing that what happened was “witness intimidation in real time by the president of the United States.”
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