'That is quite intimidating': Fox News’ Chris Wallace says people who aren't moved by new impeachment witness 'don’t have a pulse'
Public hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump entered their second day of testimony on Friday, when veteran diplomat Marie Yovanovitch was questioned by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and other lawmakers. And although much of Fox News’ coverage of the inquiry has been stridently favorable to Trump, reporter Chris Wallace found Yovanovitch’s testimony to be quite compelling.
“If you are not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch today, you don’t have a pulse,” Wallace asserted on Fox News. “This is a woman who had served in seven posts for presidents of both parties over more than 30 years — hardship posts, places like Somalia, like Tashkent. And she tells a story of being a leading fighter against corruption in Ukraine.”
During her testimony, Yovanovitch testified about being ousted as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and how she was defamed by one of Trump’s closest allies: his personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. And Trump, via Twitter, angrily railed against Yovanovitch during her testimony. But Wallace stressed that when it comes to world affairs, the 61-year-old Yovanovitch has an impressive history.
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Wallace referenced the anti-Yovanovitch “smear campaign that came from Rudy Giuliani and some of his cohorts” and insults echoed in “right-wing media” that the diplomat “says are completely untrue — that she was bad-mouthing the president.” The host of “Fox News Sunday” went on to say, “Perhaps the Republicans will have evidence of that. We’ll see. So far, there has been no such evidence presented.”
Wallace went on to say, “This wasn’t just testimony about the past. This played out in real-time, with the president attacking her and saying that every place that she served went bad. And she was asked, by Adam Schiff, ‘Do you see that as an effort to intimidate you and other witnesses?’ — and she said, ‘I feel that is quite intimidating.’ And it does raise the possibility of witness intimidation and witness tampering as a new charge here.”