Although all eyes were on the premises of the House of Representatives where hearings are advancing in the impeachment process that is taking place against President Donald Trump, the drama of the day ended up happening outside it.
When former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified about the smear campaign she says existed against her and ended in her abrupt dismissal, the US president threw a trill in which he attacked her.
"Wherever he went, it all ended badly," the president said, causing immediate stir among the audience. Adam Schiff, the Democrat who heads the proceedings before the Intelligence Commission, stopped the hearing to read aloud the president's trill and then ask his opinion to the ambassador.RELATED
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"Those words are very intimidating after what has happened," Yovanovitch said.
Seconds before, the ambassador had told the commission that she had felt threatened when she learned about the content of the controversy called between Trump and the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, in which he cataloged the diplomat of "bad news" and told him He asked for help to investigate former President Joe Biden and the Democrats.
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
Schiff responded that many on the commission took "very, very seriously the intimidation of a witness" called by Congress to give a statement.
The words were interpreted as a signal to a possible charge against the president for witness intimidation once this commission concludes the hearings and issues a report to the Judicial Commission, which is in charge of deciding whether to raise dismissal articles against Trump.
Those words are very intimidating after what has happened
Trump's trill caused discomfort even among several Republicans who publicly expressed their rejection.
"The ambassador is clearly someone who has spent decades in public service, and I think the president should not have done that," said Liz Cheney, third in rank within the Republican Party in the House of Representatives.
Congressmen of the republican party during the hearing in which the former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch gave testimony.
The controversy, in addition, diverted for a moment the image that the Republicans wanted to project at the hearing and that they intended to concentrate on the absence of evidence against Trump instead of disqualifying the witnesses.
That, after the bad step they took in Wednesday's hearing, when they questioned the integrity of two State Department officials and they responded by exalting their long career.
In his testimony, Yovanovitch declared himself a victim of a smear campaign led by President Rudi Giuliani's lawyer – for opposing the parallel agenda they were pushing in Ukraine – and described the chaotic environment that has been experienced in the State Department since Trump arrived to the presidency and how his personal motivations often go against the country's foreign policy.
He mentioned, for example, how the president highlighted the work of former Ukrainian general Yuri Lutsenko, when the United States. The United States, like many allied countries in the country, considers him a corrupt person.
In the midst of all that noise, the decision of a federal jury that on Friday convicted Roger Stone, a person close to Trump who was accused of lying to Congress and intimidating a witness in the investigation Prosecutor Robert Mueller advanced on Russia's role in the 2016 campaign and its relationship with the Trump campaign.
Stone, according to the Prosecutors, lied to Congress about their contacts with Wikileaks weeks and days before this portal decided to publish archives of the Democratic party they stole from their servers.
A call appointment between the US president. UU., Donald Trump, and Vladimir Zelensky, president of Ukraine, during a research hearing with former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
Something that entangles the president because according to several of the witnesses in the case of Stone, he informed the president about the theft of the files and their imminent publication. Something Trump used to attack his rival then Hillary Clinton.
Stone could be sentenced with up to 50 years in jail but it is speculated that the president could extend a presidential pardon.
SERGIO GÓMEZ MASERI
EL TIEMPO correspondent
On Twitter @ sergom68