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Friday, November 15, 2019

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified during the public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump that Trump's Twitter attacks against her are "very intimidating."

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I thought Trump had told the world (and his base) that he wasn't going to dignify the impeachment hearings by watching them or even paying attention to what was being said. But now he's tweeting about Ambassador Yovanovitch in realtime. How is this NOT an attempt to intimidate a Congressional witness?

OCU

#1 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-11-15 11:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

@#1 ... How is this NOT an attempt to intimidate a Congressional witness? ...

Correct.

And from now on, any witness appearing before Congress will have the Tweet of Damocles hanging over their head.


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-11-15 11:23 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

"How is this NOT an attempt to intimidate a Congressional witness?"

#1 | Posted by OCUser at 2019

I think Trump is currently asserting his right to intimidate witnesses.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2019-11-15 11:58 AM | Reply

After all, he claims that Article II gives him absolute power over the other branches of government. I assume that he thinks that includes intimidating witnesses while they're testifying under oath to one of those other branches of government. I wonder how that'll go over when it's the Judicial branch that tells him he's gone too far?

OCU

#4 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-11-15 12:17 PM | Reply

It 'is a crime': Fox's Bret Baier stunned that Trump just added 'an article of impeachment' in real-time

www.rawstory.com

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-11-15 12:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Amee Vanderpool @girlsreallyrule

Ken Starr on Fox News: "The president was not advised by counsel in deciding to do this tweet. Extraordinarily poor judgment ... Obviously this was quite injurious." OUCH-add Ken Starr to the Fox News is turning on Trump list.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-11-15 01:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Geoff Bennett @GeoffRBennett

Rep. Eric Swalwell tells reporters that Trump's Twitter attack against Amb. Yovanovitch will be considered as "obstruction" in articles of impeachment

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-11-15 01:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Trump Denigrates Ex-Envoy Yovanovitch on Twitter During Impeachment Testimony nyti.ms

Mr. Schiff responded in a stern tone that, "Some of us here take witness intimidation very, very seriously."

Representative Jim Himes, Democrat of Connecticut and a member of the Intelligence Committee, said that Mr. Trump's attacks on Ms. Yovanovitch amounted to "clear witness tampering" that could be cited in an article of impeachment.

"The president chose to respond to a patriotic and superb public servant with lies and intimidation. Vintage Donald Trump," Mr. Himes said in a text. "Her boss disparaged and intimidated her not after, but during her testimony."

Mr. Trump has a history of using his platform to excoriate people who are in a position to serve as witnesses to his own potential wrongdoing, using Twitter and statements at his political rallies to criticize less well-known people by name, in humiliating and sometimes threatening ways.

The tactic functions both as an attempt to discredit his critics, and a warning to deter others from coming forward. At a minimum, it can unleash a cascade of abuse online from Mr. Trump's supporters. This year, a fervent Trump supporter, Cesar A. Sayoc Jr., was sentenced to 20 years in prison for mailing bombs to people and organizations Mr. Trump had criticized, including prominent Democrats and journalists.

But Friday's instance, playing out on live television during a public impeachment hearing on Capitol Hill, was a particularly dramatic example.

Mr. Schiff's framing of Mr. Trump's behavior as witness intimidation could also have legal and constitutional reverberations at a time when House Democrats are considering an article of impeachment focused on obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice.

-nyt

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-11-15 02:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

This alone is impeachable.

They may have to impeach him multiple times.

#9 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-11-15 02:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

The Dems are continually trying to suppress the voice of the President & oppress his work as our President.

#10 | Posted by SJHamilton at 2019-11-15 03:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 7 | Newsworthy 1

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"The Dems are continually trying to suppress the voice of the President & oppress his work as our President."
Funny.

#11 | Posted by snuffy at 2019-11-15 03:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#10 | POSTED BY SJHAMILTON

*** Trump actually shoots someone on 5th Avenue, Democrats outraged ***

"The Dems are continually trying to suppress the 2nd amendment rights of the President"

#12 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-11-15 03:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

The Dems are continually trying to suppress the voice of the President & oppress his work as our President.

#10 | POSTED BY comrade SJHATESAMERICA

Benedict Donald has the opportunity himself to show up to the impeachment hearings at anytime and be put under oath and speak his mind. He has refused. He has now committed another impeachable today. His fault, no one else's.

#13 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-11-15 04:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Also @SJhatesAmerica, why did you lie and say you're an independent. You're clearly a full fledged Trumper, and are fooling exactly no one.

#14 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-11-15 04:59 PM | Reply

Marsha got a standing ovation at the end of her 5 hour testimony.

Everyone tell Trump about the standing ovation and he will want to testify to.

#15 | Posted by bored at 2019-11-15 07:20 PM | Reply

At the end of this nothing will have changed other than the perception that libbies are the real enemies of American progress. Prepare your holes for four more years.

#16 | Posted by mutant at 2019-11-15 07:40 PM | Reply

" nothing will have changed "

So you'll keep swallowing Trump's lies, like a battered spouse?

#17 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-11-15 07:56 PM | Reply

For Mutant and SJHamilton: the-seven-signs-youre-in-a-cult

#18 | Posted by hamburglar at 2019-11-15 08:21 PM | Reply

Anyone who thought Trump was dumb will have to now admit the truth:

He's spectacularly stupid.

Witness tampering in real time on national TV. Just when you thought you'd seen everything.

#19 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-11-15 11:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Amnesty Don, Zion Don, ----------- Don... the many faces of a false opposition to the forced leftward march.
Leftists are still shadow-boxing and demanding more; always, MORE!
Sad!

#20 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-11-15 11:28 PM | Reply

Trump lies . . . repeatedly, continuously and without conscience.

I'm sure there's a clinical name for his condition.

Knowing that, why anybody believes a word he says about anything is a real mystery.

#21 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-11-16 06:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump lies . . . repeatedly, continuously and without conscience.

I'm sure there's a clinical name for his condition.

Knowing that, why anybody believes a word he says about anything is a real mystery.

#21 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-11-16 0

For some people if a man cuts off the right heads, or rapes the right women, or blows up the right children they are no longer terrorists.

Feeding on and supporting lies is no big leap once you understand this.

#22 | Posted by Zed at 2019-11-16 09:02 AM | Reply

At the end of this nothing will have changed other than the perception that libbies are the real enemies of American progress. Prepare your holes for four more years.

#16 | POSTED BY MUTANT

And to think people like you are shocked to find out some think you a poor excuse for a human when you say garbage like this.

#23 | Posted by jpw at 2019-11-16 12:08 PM | Reply

At the end of this nothing will have changed...
#16 | POSTED BY MUTANT

You do realize that this is your fault? And all others who continue to support a known law breaker and con man liar.

#24 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-11-16 12:27 PM | Reply

The Dems are continually trying to suppress the voice of the President & oppress his work as our President.

#10 | POSTED BY SJHAMILTON

Are you upset that everyone has free speech?

Or Is it that Deplorables think that only Humpy has free speech?

And is it your thinking that you can say anything you want and not be accountable for the consequences of your speech??

Because Speech is "Free"?

#25 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-11-16 12:53 PM | Reply

More people at Faux News are coming down really hard on Trump for his stupid behavior yesterday.

Fox Business Host Calls Trump 'Big Dumb Baby' For Attacking Yovanovitch

www.huffpost.com

OCU

#26 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-11-16 04:45 PM | Reply

#26 | POSTED BY OCUSER

She still called the hearings boring, so she hasn't turned against in full yet.

It's Kennedy from MTV. She was a twit then and is a twit now.

#27 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-11-16 05:32 PM | Reply

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