Fox host admits Trump committed impeachable offense w/ tweet during hearing

You’ve shown the courage to come forward
today to testify. Notwithstanding the fact you were urged by
the White House or State Department not to, notwithstanding the fact that as you testified
earlier, the president implicitly threatened you in that call record, and now the president
in real-time is attacking you. What effect do you think that has on other
witnesses willingness to come forward and expose wrongdoing? Well, it’s very intimidating. It’s designed to intimidate, is it not? I mean, I can’t speak to what the president
is trying to do. But I think the effect is to be intimidating. Well, I want to let you know, Ambassador,
that some of us here take witness intimidation very, very seriously. This whole hearing turned on a dime when the
president tweeted about her in real-time. And during the questioning, Adam Schiff stopped
the Democratic questioning to read the president’s tweet to her and get her response. Now that enabled Schiff to then characterize
the tweet as intimidating the witness or tampering with the witness, which is a crime, adding,
essentially, an article of impeachment in real-time as this hearing is going on. That changed this entire dynamic of this first
part of this hearing, and Republicans now are going to have to take the rest of this
hearing to probably try to clean that up. Even Fox News is admitting that Trump’s
decision to take to Twitter and attack Marie Yovanovitch while she was testifying was a
really misguided move. He wrote, “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. …They call it “serving at the pleasure
of the President.” And the impact of this tweet cannot be overstated,
because what you now have is a Republican Party who has to defend a president whom they
claim isn’t committing crimes …as he is committing crimes in real time. According to the US Code, the following constitutes
witness tampering: “Whoever knowingly uses intimidation, threatens, or corruptly persuades
another person, or attempts to do so, or engages in misleading conduct toward another person,
with intent to– influence, delay, or prevent the testimony of any person in an official
proceeding.” And what makes this even WORSE – because
of course it gets worse – is that Yovanovitch had JUST finished explaining to the House
Intel Committee that she’d ALREADY felt threatened by Trump when he released summary
of his call with Zelesnky showing that he promised she was going to quote “go through
some things”— But he said, “Well, shes going to go through
some things.” What did you think when President Trump told
President Zelensky and you read that you were going to go through some things? I didn’t know what to think, but I was very
concerned. What were you concerned about? She’s gonna go through some things. It didn’t sound good. It sounded like… a threat. Did you feel threatened? I did. In other words, if there was any doubt before
as to the credibility of this witness, those doubts were completely eliminated by virtue
of Trump PROVING that, yes, he was perfectly apt to threaten and intimidate this person…
so much so that he did it in real-time AT THE HEARING where his misconduct was BEING
INVESTIGATED. And so now, instead of focusing on whatever
defense they had teed up, Republicans are once again immediately relegated to playing
defense by virtue of Trump’s physical inability to not commit crimes. Although it’s not as if their prepared defense
would’ve been any better considering what we’ve heard thus far– that the whistleblower
is a partisan, that you can’t file a complaint with second-hand information, that Schiff
counseled the whistleblower, that impeachment is unconstitutional, that Democrats are blocking
Republicans from the private depositions—all lies, and all immediately swatted down as
soon as the GOP propped them up. And so now it’s only a matter of time before
Republicans once again gaslight the American people and pretend that Trump didn’t actually
intimidate Marie Yovanovitch, despite the fact that it was Marie Yovanovitch HERSELF
that said she FELT intimidated. For a party that has spent days discounting
the testimonies of George Kent and Bill Taylor because they’re not first-hand accounts,
I’m not sure how much more FIRST-HAND you can get than the witness herself stating that
she’s being intimidated in real-time in front of the entire nation. At some point, the GOP has to realize that
what they’re defending is utterly indefensible. They’re being forced to attack decent, nonpartisan
diplomats like Marie Yovanovitch—someone who has dedicated – and nearly sacrificed
– her life in service of this country, who has served under both Democratic and Republican
administrations, who has done the right thing on the international stage and received praise
and awards for it. That is who the Republicans are attacking. And they’re doing so on behalf of a criminal. A man who admitted to asking Ukrainian president
Zelensky for the favor of investigating a political opponent. Who withheld desperately needed military assistance
until that favor was granted. Who tried to hide the transcript of that very
call because he KNEW that it was incriminating. Who tried to block his own officials from
testifying to Congress in response to legally binding subpoenas. That’s whose side the Republican Party is
taking. Ultimately, though, Trump shooting himself
in the foot is not surprising. This is a man who has shown the nation that
he is willing to do whatever necessary to help himself personally and politically. From his campaign’s cooperation with Russia
before he was even elected to obstructing justice on 10 separate occasions during the
Mueller probe to trying to extort an ally only ONE SINGLE DAY after Mueller testified
to Congress, this president not only isn’t afraid of crime, he embraces it. Every day. At every turn. Out in the open. And without shame or remorse. He believes himself to be above the law, and
he’s finally learning – in real-time – that he’s not.

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