Trump, in real time, hands Dems another potential article of impeachment to pursue

Trump, in real time, hands Dems another potential article of impeachment to pursue
Marie Yovanovitch (Image: YouTube screen grab)

There are unforced errors and then there are unforced errors. A little over an hour ago, during the testimony of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Donald Trump committed what may turn out to be the mother of all unforced errors. He tweeted:

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.

In an unprecedented move, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff interrupted the Democratic counsel, who was in the middle of interrogating Yovanovitch, to read the president’s tweet. Schiff then asked Yovanovitch if she felt intimidated by the president’s tweet, and she answered affirmatively.

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The committee is currently on break, and minutes ago Adam Schiff told reporters that Trump’s tweet is being viewed as an example of witness intimidation and that a new article of impeachment will be brought.

Whether Republicans on the committee are able to defuse this situation, it is beyond argument that the tweet was ill-advised and that the president has given them a heavy lift. Much will of course ride on Republicans’ cross-examination of Yovanovitch and any evidence they may be in possession of that will exculpate the president.

As for Trump, maybe he should desist from tweeting during these live hearings.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.