White House press secretary claims Trump's attack is ‘not witness intimidation’ because it’s ‘not a trial’
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham says President Donald Trump did not engage in witness intimidation Friday morning when he, in real time, posted tweets attacking his former Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovich, during her testimony before a House impeachment inquiry hearing. Trump is being accused by Democrats and Republicans alike of witness intimidation or witness tampering, with even Fox News anchors saying Trump’s tweets constitute an additional article of impeachment.
“The tweet was not witness intimidation, it was simply the President’s opinion, which he is entitled to,” Grisham said in a statement given to Fox News. “This is not a trial, it is a partisan political process – or to put it more accurately, a totally illegitimate, charade stacked against the President.”
(Grisham is wrong on all counts. Impeachment is embedded in the U.S. Constitution.)
President Donald Trump has claimed he is on “trial” and repeatedly – eight times, at least – complained he is not being afforded due process. A few examples:
It was just explained to me that for next weeks Fake Hearing (trial) in the House, as they interview Never Trumpers… https://t.co/uGlxguLOrz— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1573139775.0
....This is a phony showtrial. There is zero due process, none. It is yet another fraudulent hoax conspiracy theory… https://t.co/QlTDRrq4zG— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1573616025.0
Schiff is giving Republicans NO WITNESSES, NO LAWYER & NO DUE PROCESS! It is a totally one sided Witch Hunt. This c… https://t.co/mBug7fJP4v— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1573514310.0
Regardless, witness intimidation and witness tampering can be done whether or not there is a trial, so Grisham is wrong on all counts.