‘Witness intimidation is its own article of impeachment’: Trump’s attack on Yovanovitch blows up in his face

As Marie Yovanovitch testified during second public House impeachment hearing, President Trump took to Twitter and attacked her career as an American diplomat -- a move that rocked the political sphere, as many couldn't believe a president would dare to intimidate a witness in real time as she testifies. 


"Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad," Trump tweeted at the very moment Yavonovitch was answering questions from Chairman Adam Schiff. "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 Trump tweeted, Schiff took a moment to read the tweets to Yovanovitch, telling her that the House takes witness intimidation "very, very seriously."

There was no shortage of political observers and journalists who shared Schiff's sentiment: