Unlike Trump, the New York Republican did not call into question Yovanovitch's effectiveness, even as she sought to get Yovanovitch to confirm statements helping the GOP defense of Trump.
After presiding over a week of explosive testimony regarding the Trump-Ukraine scandal, Schiff spoke before Democrats on Saturday in Long Beach, urging voters to help "send that charlatan in the White House back to the golden throne he came from". "She started off in Somalia, how did that go?" the president tweeted as the hearing was underway.
Schiff told reporters during a break in the hearing that what happened was "witness intimidation in real time by the president of the United States".
In her public testimony, she said, "Ultimately, he said the words that every foreign service officer understands, 'The president has lost confidence in you.' That was a awful thing to hear".
Then it was the Schiff who showed Yovanovitch the president's message and then let her know that he was attacking her.
"It may be get to that", House Majority Whip James Clyburn said when asked whether witness intimidation should be part of articles of impeachment. "She wouldn't even know about the quote if Mr. Schiff hadn't read the tweet", Jordan said.
He added that "It is a U.S. President's absolute right to appoint ambassadors".
As a rule, I'm sympathetic to those who argue that Donald Trump's tweets rarely constitute actual, legitimate news.
But when Yovanovitch asked for a statement of support to be issued by Pompeo, she said she was told the "seventh floor" of the State Department, where the secretary's office is located, anxious any such statement could be undermined by a subsequent Trump tweet. "I think Ambassador Yovanovitch is a public servant, like many of our public servants in the foreign service".
Though I didn't see this myself, none other than Ken Starr reportedly appeared on Fox News soon after, and told viewers, "The president was not advised by counsel in deciding to do this tweet". In total, she has worked for the State Department for 33 years. "What I can say is that Mr. Giuliani should have known those claims were suspect, coming as they reportedly did from individuals with questionable motives and with reason to believe that their political and financial ambitions would be stymied by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine". She had already been recalled by this time.