Fox News’s Chris Wallace said if anyone was not moved by the testimony of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during President Donald Trump’s impeachment hearing they “don’t have a pulse,” during his Friday commentary on “America’s Newsroom,”
Wallace’s comments came after Yovanovitch’s Friday testimony that she felt like she was threatened when she saw that the president brought up her work in Ukraine during his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“I was shocked and devastated,” she told the House Intelligence Committee. “It was a terrible moment.”
Wallace gave his opinion on Yovanovitch’s testimony during his interview with anchors Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith on Friday morning.
“I think that if you are not moved, and we’ll see what happens in the cross-examination, but if you are not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch today, you don’t have a pulse,” said Wallace.
“The really dramatic moment is that this wasn’t just testimony about the past, this played out in real time with the president attacking her. He said every place that she served went bad,” he continued. “Adam Schiff said do you see this as an effort to intimidate you and other witnesses, and she said ‘I feel that is quite intimidating.’ That does raise the possibility of witness intimidation as new charge here.”
“We’ll have to wait and see what happens when the Republicans start to question her, but it seems to me that this has been very powerful testimony so far on the part of Marie Yovanovitch,” Wallace added.
Chris on the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch. The hearing is currently in break. Tune-in for live analysis of everything we've heard so far. #FoxNews #FNC #ImpeachmentHearing #Politics #CapitolHill pic.twitter.com/aR0d6Edo4B
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The tweets in question were sent by Trump on Friday hearing when he trashed the witness saying that that “everywhere” Yovanovitch “went turned bad.”
“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,” Trump tweeted.
“It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors. They call it ‘serving at the pleasure of the President,'” Trump added, in what could be considered a threat to her work record. “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.”
….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
Following the president’s comments, After Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, read the tweet to Yovanovitch during the hearing, she called it “intimidating.”
“It’s very intimidating,” Yovanovitch said. “I can’t speak to what the president is trying to do, but I think the effect is to be intimidating.”
BREAKING: As Yovanovitch testifies about being undermined from within the US government and feeling threatened by the president, Chairman Schiff pauses the impeachment hearing to read President Trump's tweets attacking Yovanovitch while she was testifying. pic.twitter.com/9Jd8fv46T3
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 15, 2019
Written by Savannah Pointer.