Trump tweet attacks former ambassador during her impeachment testimony , As Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine,
Testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee, President Trump attacked her on Twitter. “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” wrote Trump. “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.”
As a foreign service officer, Yovanovitch was posted in Somalia early in her career, at a period when the East African nation was in turmoil stemming from a civil war that began in 1991. Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., read the tweet to the former ambassador during her testimony and gave her an opportunity to respond.
“I don’t think I have such powers, not in Mogadishu, Somalia, and not in other places,” Yovanovitch said. “I actually think that where I’ve served over the years, I and others have demonstrably made things better for the U.S. as well as for the countries that I’ve served in.
“Ukraine, for example, where there are huge challenges, including on the issue that we’re discussing today of corruption, huge challenges, but they’ve made a lot of progress since 2014, including in the years that I was there,” she added. “I think, in part, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, offered the excuse that since Yovanovitch didn’t see the president’s tweet in real
time, it didn’t amount to witness intimidation. “The witness is testifying,” said Jordan. “She wouldn’t even know about the quote if Mr. Schiff hadn’t read the tweet.” The White House denied it was intimidation. “The tweet was not witness intimidation, it was simply the President’s opinion, which he is entitled to,”