During a White House event on health care prices, President Donald Trump emphatically rejected questions from reporters who asked about his alleged intimidation of the witness during the second session of the impeachment against him that took place on Friday, Nov. 15.
Asked what he would say to the Democrats who accused him of allegedly intimidating the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, by tweeting about her during Friday’s Capitol hearing, the president replied, “I’ll tell you what tampering is. Tampering is when a guy like shifty Schiff doesn’t let us have lawyers. Tampering is when Schiff doesn’t let us have witnesses, doesn’t let us speak,” Trump told reporters.
The president also pointed out that it is really sad that people are not allowed to ask questions.
“Nobody has ever had such horrible due process. There was no due process. I think it’s considered a joke all over Washington and all over the world. The Republicans are given no due process whatsoever. We’re not allowed to do anything. It’s a disgrace what’s happening, but you know what? The American public understands that,” the president said during the White House event on Friday.
President Trump’s responses allude to the episode that occurred during the hearing in which, while Yovanovitch testified before the House Intelligence Committee, he tweeted questioning Yovanovitch for her role as ambassador to Ukraine.
“Everywhere Marie 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,” wrote President Trump in reference to his conversation with Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
The comments posted by the president were taken advantage of by the Democrats, especially by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, in charge of leading the hearing against the president.
Schiff accused the president of intimidating the witness with his comments made on social networks, despite the fact that at the time Yovanovitch was testifying and had no way of seeing what Trump shared on the social network.
Then it was the Schiff who showed Yovanovitch the president’s message and then let her know that he was attacking her. At the time Schiff pressed the witness with a question: “Do you feel intimidated?” to which she answered, “Yes, it is intimidating.”
With respect to the comments made by the journalists alluding to Schiff’s remarks, Trump said it is a political process, not a legal one, assuring that he has the right to express himself freely as other people and in that same sense he recalled the way some Republican congressmen were prevented from asking questions.
The president also reminded reporters that he had published a transcript of the first call he made with the Ukrainian president, but the media ignored it.
“I published it today, and nobody wants to report on that, because it was so good they don’t want to report it. Look, if we had an honest press in this country, we’d be very well served, and you know what? When I look at their approval numbers, they are the worst in the history of our country,” President Trump said.