House Intelligence Republican: Trump Yovanovitch tweet 'not witness intimidation'

House Intelligence Republican: Trump Yovanovitch tweet 'not witness intimidation'
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Rep. Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerOvernight Defense: JEDI axed | Pentagon defends Bagram exit | Military justice reform coming soon Military braces for sea change on justice reform Lawmakers warn of growing threats to US satellites from adversaries MORE (R-Ohio), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE's tweet about 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 while she testified in the impeachment inquiry last week was not witness intimidation. 

Host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCBC presses Biden to extend eviction moratorium The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Manchin on reported boos at Democratic luncheon: 'I heard a lot of nos' MORE asked Turner on CNN's "State of the Union" if it concerned him that Yovanovitch found Trump's tweet intimidating.

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"Along with most people, I find the president's tweets generally unfortunate," Turner responded, adding that he did not think it was witness intimidation. 

In his tweet on Friday, Trump wrote that "everywhere" Yovanovitch went "turned bad."

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffA new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign Officers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.) during the public hearing read tweets of Trump attacking her and offered Yovanovitch a chance to respond. 

Yovanovitch during her appearance on Capitol Hill said that she found Trump's tweets "very 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.”

Turner added on Sunday that Trump's tweet is "certainly not impeachable," nor criminal, and "not witness intimidation."

"If a witness said she's intimidated...how is it not witness intimidation?" Tapper asked. 

"She testified fully," Turner responded. He also said the ambassador was "in no means" intimidated and prevented from testifying. 

"Just like you're not a mind reader, I'm not a mind reader...is it not possible she held back?" Tapper asked. 

"I think you overstate Donald Trump's powers," Turner said. 

"I think that testimony was not inhibited," he added.