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 TurnerPortman planned exit sets off Ohio free-for-all Overnight Defense: Mike Rogers slated to be top House Armed Services Republican | Defense bill hits another snag | Pentagon dinged for 0M loan to trucking company using COVID funds Mike Rogers set to serve as top House Armed Services Republican MORE (R-Ohio), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE's tweet about former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchTrump has discussed possible pardons for three eldest children, Kushner: report Former Giuliani associates plead not guilty to new fraud charges Why it's time for a majority female Cabinet MORE while she testified in the impeachment inquiry last week was not witness intimidation. 

Host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Durbin says he won't whip votes for Trump's second impeachment trial MORE asked Turner on CNN's "State of the Union" if it concerned him that Yovanovitch found Trump's tweet intimidating.


"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 SchiffGlenn Greenwald warns against media censorship amid concerns over domestic terrorism Biden to keep Wray as FBI director Biden urged to reverse Pompeo-Trump move on Houthis 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.