Public impeachment hearings have been underway now for nearly two weeks now, and several witnesses have come forward with testimonies that could eventually be detrimental to Mr. Trump.
The hearings have revealed damaging information regarding Trump’s interactions with Ukraine President Zelensky. Witnesses who have come forward to tell the truth, though, have come under strong criticism, threats, and attacks on their personal character.
According to MSN News:
‘President Trump himself has tweeted negatively about some of the witnesses, calling them “Never Trumpers,” knocking the quality of their service and questioning their loyalty.
‘Notably, he tweeted about former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, whom he removed from her post in May, while she testified.’
‘Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. 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 called Trump’s “very intimidating,” saying:
‘I can’t speak to what the president is trying to do, but I think the effect is to be intimidating.’
Trump could be accused of witness intimidation with that tweet and it’s possible that his comments could be used in articles of impeachment.
Of course, Trump defended his tweet, basically saying he had done nothing wrong:
‘I have the right to speak. I have freedom of speech just like other people do.’
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has also come under harsh critcism from the White House. The White House tweeted questioning his judgement and loyalty. Trump previously called him a “never-Trumper witness” on the day of his closed door testimony.
Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, was also called a “never Trumper” by Mr. Trump. According to MSN:
‘Williams testified that while she did not know the “official definition” of a “Never Trumper,” by the president. She and Vindman both pushed back.’
An official told The Wall Street Journal that steps have been taken to keep Lt. Col. Vindman safe. The Army is ready to move him and his family on to a military base if they are in danger.
‘Former White House national security official Fiona Hill testified that she is facing online harassment and doxxing amid the widely tweeted hearings.’
Hill testified on Thursday, saying:
‘We’re constantly having to block Twitter posts of my name and address on the internet. We’ve been doing this over the last couple days.’
She went on to say:
‘We have to find ways of combating this, and again, this gets back, sadly, to things that our adversaries can also exploit.’
Hill explained how she was the subject of abuse and harassment even before the impeachment hearings. She said:
‘My entire first year of my tenure at the National Security Council was filled with hateful calls, conspiracy theories, which has started again, frankly, as it’s been announced that I’ve been giving this deposition, accusing me of being a Soros mole in the White House, of colluding with all kinds of enemies of the president and, you know, of various improprieties.’
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