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

Fox News host Bret Baier said Friday that President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE's tweet criticizing former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchGiuliani hires attorneys who defended Harvey Weinstein The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Former Ukrainian prosecutor says he was fired for not investigating Hunter Biden: report 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 SchiffDemocratic lawmakers not initially targeted in Trump DOJ leak probe: report Sunday shows - Voting rights, infrastructure in the spotlight Schiff calls Iranian presidential election 'predetermined' 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) WallaceChuck Todd reluctant to 'ban' election deniers from 'Meet the Press' Sunday shows - Biden foreign policy in focus Pompeo defends Trump on Russia in Chris Wallace interview 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."