1. Former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch testifies at a public impeachment inqury hearing
Washington - 15 November 2019
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Adam Schiff, (D) California:
"That she had to endure yet another attack today, even as she was testifying by the President of the United States is just appalling. But as we have observed so often appalling in this administration is not the least bit surprising"
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3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Adam Schiff, (D) California:
"This is a part of a a pattern to intimidate witnesses. And it's also part of a pattern to obstruct the investigation. It was also a part, frankly, of the pattern to obstruct justice. And so we need to view the President's actions today as part of a broader and incriminating pattern of conduct."
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Elise Stefanik, (R) New York:
"These hearings are not about tweets, they are about impeachment of the President of the United States. This is a constitutional matter. You can disagree or dislike the tweet, but we are here to talk about impeachment, and nothing in that room today and nothing in that room earlier this week, nothing rises to the level of impeachable offenses. This is wishful political thinking by the Democrats. This is not the first or last tweet that they're going to complain about, but we are talking about impeachment and there is not a single fact that is impeachable in terms of this president. (Reporter: Would you consider that tweet intimidating?) No. The witness was able to answer questions, as you saw. The only people that were limited from asking questions were Republican members, because we were muzzled by Adam Schiff."
After the second open House impeachment hearing concluded, congressional members disagreed on whether the president's tweets amounted to witness intimidation.
Chairman of the House intelligence committee Adam Schiff said that the president's tweets, criticizing former U.S. Ambassador Maria Yovanovitch as she testified before the House as part of its impeachment inquiry, was part of a pattern by the president "to intimidate witnesses."
"It's also part of a pattern to obstruct the investigation," Schiff said following the hearing.
"It was also a part, frankly, of the pattern to obstruct justice. And so we need to view the President's actions today as part of a broader and incriminating pattern of conduct."
Yovanovitch said the tweets were "very intimidating" to her and other witnesses.
But Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee said she didn't think that the tweets were intimidating and that it was Schiff who "muzzled" Republican members during the hearing.