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President Trump slammed impeachment witness on Twitter

President Donald Trump launched a Twitter attack on a former US ambassador to Ukraine on Friday while testifying ahead of an Impeachment hearing in Congress, in the moment that Democrats said amounted to witness intimidation.

President Trump slammed Marie Yovanovitch, a career diplomat, as she explained to the second day of open impeachment hearings how she had fought corruption in Ukraine and how the Trump administration abruptly removed from her post earlier this year.

“Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go?” President Trump asked.

GOP Devin Nunes criticized Democrats leaders for launching the impeachment inquiry, calling it a political exercise based on second- and third-hand hearsay. He noted Ms.Yovanovitch was not involved in President Trump’s July 25 phone call, or deliberations on the pause in security aid for Ukraine.

“I’m not exactly sure what the ex-ambassador is doing here today,” Nunes said.

Two other U.S. diplomats, William Taylor and George Kent, testified on Wednesday, expressing alarm over the pressure tactics on Ukraine by Rudy Giuliani.

Taylor is acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. His aide David Holmes, who Taylor said overheard a July 26 telephone conversation in which President Donald Trump asked about progress in getting the Ukrainians to launch the Biden investigations, appeared before lawmakers in a closed-door session later on Friday.

16th November 2019

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