US President Donald Trump has tweeted some critical remarks about ex-ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during her testimony in the Congress, which is seen by the Democrats as intimidation of a witness. Reuters reported this.
“I can’t speak to what the president is trying to do, but I think the effect is to be intimidating,” Yovanowitch replied when asked for her reaction to the tweet. Adam Schiff, who is chairing the hearing in the House Intelligence Committee, noted that “some of us here take witness intimidation very, very seriously.”
Eric Swalwell, Democratic Representative and a member of the committee, told reporters the US President’s attack could be considered for a separate article of impeachment against Trump for obstruction of justice.
As reported before, President Trump stated that Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky spoke unfavorably about Marie Yovanovitch, former US ambassador to Ukraine. “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,” he twitted.
Marie Yovanovitch claimed that US President Donald Trump was pressuring the Department of State to fire her. The diplomat said that she was suddenly recalled from her mission in May and reported that the president had lost confidence in her.
According to the tanscript of the conversation between Trump and Zelensky, the latter noted that Ambassador Yovanovitch’s attitude toward him was far from the best, since she admired the previous president and was on his side.