Bret Baier says Trump tweet added an article of impeachment in real time

Fox News host Bret Baier said Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE's tweet criticizing former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchNunes: 'Sickening' that Schiff obtained his phone records Inventing the 'Deep State' and draining the real one Washington state Democrat announces retirement MORE was "adding an article of impeachment real-time."

"That was a turning point in this hearing so far," Baier said on Twitter of Trump's tweet. 

"She was already a sympathetic witness & the President’s tweet ripping her allowed Schiff to point it out real time characterizing it as witness tampering or intimidation -adding an article of impeachment real-time," he added. 

The host made similar comments during his network's broadcast. 

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"This whole hearing turned on a dime when the president tweeted about her," Baier said. "During the questioning, Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Top Republican: Democrats' weekend document dump shows impeachment inquiry is a 'farce' Nunes: 'Sickening' that Schiff obtained his phone records MORE stopped the Democratic questioning to read the president's tweet to her and get her response."

“That enabled Schiff to then characterize that tweet as intimidating the witness, or tampering with the witness, which is a crime, adding essentially an article of impeachment, real-time, as this hearing is going on,” Baier continued. 

“That changed this entire dynamic of this first part of this hearing,” he added. “And Republicans now are going to have to take the rest of this hearing to probably try to clean that up.”

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Trump tweeted during the Friday hearing that "everywhere" 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,” he wrote.

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.”

Yovanovitch, who was recalled from her post as ambassador this year, was testifying as part of the House's impeachment probe into Trump's dealings with Ukraine. 

Fellow Fox host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceTrump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests Judiciary Democrat: 'This is a classic example of an impeachable offense' Pentagon chief says he's ordered review of foreign nationals exchange programs after Pensacola shooting MORE also said Friday that Yovanovitch's testimony was "very powerful" and that those who aren't moved by it "don't have a pulse."