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 TurnerDemocrats go big on diversity with new House recruits Congress rightfully rejects dangerous effort to cut defense budget by 10 percent Desiree Tims outraises longtime GOP Rep. Michael Turner by more than 0K in second quarter MORE (R-Ohio), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE's tweet about former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchMarie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Cheney clashes with Trump Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November MORE while she testified in the impeachment inquiry last week was not witness intimidation. 

Host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperJuan Williams: Keep the spotlight on Trump's COVID failure Chicago mayor: We can't let federal officials 'play police' in our city Coronavirus testing czar: Nobody on task force 'afraid to bring up anything' to Trump 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 SchiffGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package House Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests 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.