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Schiff suggests Trump tweets amount to witness intimidation

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump addresses pandemic but not election during annual turkey pardon Trump relents as GSA informs Biden transition to begin Hillicon Valley: Leadership changes at top cyber agency raise national security concerns | Snapchat launches in-app video platform 'Spotlight' | Uber, Lyft awarded federal transportation contract MORE (D-Calif.) suggested President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE’s tweets attacking former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during Friday's public impeachment hearing could be considered witness intimidation.

“As we sit here testifying, the president is attacking you on Twitter,” Schiff said, reading the tweets out loud.

“Ambassador, you’ve shown the courage to come forward today and testify, notwithstanding the fact that you were encouraged by the White House and the State Department not to, notwithstanding the fact that as you testified earlier the president implicitly threatened you in that call record, and now the president in real time is attacking you,” Schiff continued.

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“What effect do you think that has on other witnesses’ willingness to come forward and expose wrongdoing?” he asked.

When Yovanovitch called it “very intimidating,” Schiff responded, “it’s designed to be intimidating, is it not?” Yovanovitch said she could not speak to its intent, but that intimidation was the “effect.”

"I want to let you know, ambassador, that some of us here take witness intimidation very, very seriously,” Schiff replied.