Let’s not bother looking up the federal statute on witness tampering. Trump could have tweeted “Watch me intimidate this loser witness” this morning before tweeting about Yovanovitch and it wouldn’t change anything. Lindsey Graham would be on Fox News within the hour arguing that the president’s too incompetent to form the requisite intent to commit that crime.
Besides, there’s no threat in what Trump said. The argument would be that intimidation is inherent when an employee is denigrated by her boss while she’s busy testifying against his interests, but Trump’s not getting removed by the Senate for it. (Or for anything else.)
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. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019