House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff interrupted the impeachment hearing to bring up President Donald Trump’s that occurred at the beginning of the hearing attacking Marie Yovanovitch. Watch the video below.
At the start of the hearing, Trump got on twitter to attack the former ambassador. He tweeted, “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.”
Trump continued, “They call it “serving at the pleasure of the President.” The U.S. now has a very strong and powerful foreign policy, much different than proceeding administrations. It is called, quite simply, America First! With all of that, however, I have done FAR more for Ukraine than O.”
At a break in the hearing, Schiff condemned the president’s tweets which he referred to as “witness intimidation in real time.”
“Once again, going after this dedicated and respected career public servant in an effort to not only chill her but to chill others who may come forward,” Schiff said.
Many people were incensed that Schiff interrupted the hearing to bring up a live tweet from the President to use in his arguments that Trump was smearing Yovanovitch.
During the hearing Friday, the White House released a transcript of the president’s first call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy. The call showed Trump agreeing to a meeting with the newly elected Ukrainian president in the first phone call between the leaders.
During the testimony, tensions flew over the clashes on Friday during the second day of the public impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump. Schiff shut down GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik, (R-NY) from talking. Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) accused the chairman of “gagging” the Republican.
“This is the fifth time you have interrupted a duly-elected member of Congress,” Stefanik told Schiff.
This follows comments by Nunes calling the impeachment hearing a giant spectacle and a completion of Schiff’s “watergate fantasies.”
Devin Nunes said, “And just when you thought the spectacle couldn’t get more bizarre, committee Republicans received a memo from the Democrats threatening ethics referrals if we out the whistleblower. As Democrats are well aware no Republicans here know the whistleblower’s identity because the whistleblower only met with Democrats, not with Republicans. Chairman Schiff claimed not to know who it is. That he also promised to block us from asking questions that could reveal his or her identity. Republicans on this committee are left wondering how’s it’s even possible for the chairman to block questions on a person whose identity he claims not to know?”