Cruz Blasts Schiff's Witness Intimidation Claim: 'Most Ridiculous Claim' of Dem Show
Texas Republican slams House Intelligence Committee Chairman
Sen. Ted Cruz slammed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's claim that President Donald Trump committed witness intimidation by tweeting at former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
During the hearing, Schiff (D-CA) accused trump of engaging in "witness intimidation in real-time."
Schiff, who is leading the impeachment proceedings, claimed that the president was "intimidating" his witness, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, by "attacking" her on Twitter while she was testifying, despite the fact that Schiff was the one informing her she was being "attacked."
Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted Friday responding to Schiff's claim:
"This may be the single most ridiculous claim of the Dem show trial."
"No, the President’s tweeting is not 'witness intimidation.' You may not like the tone of some or even many of his tweets, but it’s absurd to suggest that tweeting is an impeachable 'high Crime [or] Misdemeanor.'"
Schiff said he took Trump's tweet "very, very seriously."
"We saw today witness intimidation in real-time by the president of the United States," the California Democrat said.
He then added it was "an effort to chill her and others that come forward."
Trump tweeted about Yovanovitch, saying she had failed at every job she has had as a career foreign service officer.
This may be the single most ridiculous claim of the Dem show trial. No, the President’s tweeting is not “witness intimidation.” You may not like the tone of some or even many of his tweets, but it’s absurd to suggest that tweeting is an impeachable “high Crime [or] Misdemeanor.” https://t.co/afuu4OWUb3— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 15, 2019
....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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
"Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad," the president said.
"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."
Yovanovitch even admitted she had been briefed about Hunter Biden being Burisma’s board but did nothing about it.
During her testimony from the House Intelligence Committee, Yovanovitch said she felt “threatened” by the president’s comments in that phone call, and was shocked that a U.S. President would undercut her personally in a phone call with a foreign leader.
But Trump reminded Americans that Zelensky agreed with his assessment, citing concerns she favored the previous president of Ukraine.