Schiff later told reporters he thought Trump's tactic was "witness intimidation". Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., sought a "point of order", to ask about how the hearings were being conducted.
In her opening statement, Yovanovitch said she did not tell Ukrainian officials who they should or should not prosecute. During the hearing, he asked Yovanovitch whether such tweets might discourage others from coming forward with allegations of wrongdoing. President Donald Trump in a subsequent phone call to Ukraine's president called her "bad news" and said "she's going to go through some things".
Trump's tweet - in which he said everything "turned bad" in various places Yovanovitch was posted as a diplomat - came as she testified that she was the target of a "campaign of disinformation" that involved Trump's personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani.
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Trump is alleged to have used USA military aid to Ukraine as leverage to pressure President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former United States vice president Joe Biden, a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election. In Ukraine, she described going to its border with Russian Federation 10 times to wave the American flag to make clear that the US opposed Russia's efforts to expand its empire.
And when she read the memorandum of Trump's July 25 call with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky - in which the United States leader called her "bad news" and said she was "going to go through some things" - she said "it sounded like a threat". Yovanovitch said she was "shocked and devastated" that she would be featured in a call between two heads of state in that manner.
The former USA ambassador to Ukraine previously spoke about a "concerted campaign" against her and attempts by Trump associates to smear her reputation. With the assistance of Yovanovitch, a 33-year foreign service veteran who has held three different ambassadorships under three presidents, Kiev is making efforts to root out longstanding corruption.
Ranking Member Devin Nunes questioned Yovanovitch about her role in the Trump administration's actions in Ukraine. "I'm not sure that the president's tweet that he sent out while she was on the stand was particularly well advised".