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    Trump defends Yovanovitch attack: 'I have freedom of speech'

    Trump defends Yovanovitch attack: 'I have freedom of speech' | TheHill

    President Trump on Friday defended his tweet earlier in the day attacking former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in the middle of her public testimony in the House impeachment hearing, insisting he has the right to speak out.

    "I have the right to speak. I have freedom of speech just like other people do," Trump told reporters at the White House after making remarks on a health care initiative, adding that he's "allowed to speak up" if others are speaking about him.
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    Pressed on whether his words can be intimidating, as Yovanovitch and Democrats have said, Trump said no. He stated that he had 'freedom of speech' even if his speech is totally inappropriate given the circumstances.
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    Re: Trump defends Yovanovitch attack: 'I have freedom of speech'

    Freedom of speech negates witness tampering? What an idiot.
    I hope none of his supporters are stupid enough to believe that. (surely not)

    Kind of like when he claims his abuse of power can't be abuse of power, because it's a power he has....like some sort of child-like imposter in the White House.

    Also when he claimed he could fire Comey, therefore firing Comey for corrupt reasons, is OK.

    It's almost like there is a pattern of corrupt behavior, then defending it with the most absurd remarks possible.

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    Re: Trump defends Yovanovitch attack: 'I have freedom of speech'

    Quote Originally Posted by Mach View Post
    Freedom of speech negates witness tampering? What an idiot.
    Witness tampering?

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    Re: Trump defends Yovanovitch attack: 'I have freedom of speech'

    Which is also tempered by the responsibility and seriousness of the Office for which he is the occupant.

    No ones arguing Trump doesn’t have freedom of speech and it’s often this bully club that gets brought out when someone says something especially heinous in an attempt to silence criticism.

    And those on the other side who argue on restrictions on speech would be wrong, but the point is, Presidents should be made of sterner stuff and people in positions of power that say and do the things Trump says and does, don’t help their cases in any way whatsoever.

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    Re: Trump defends Yovanovitch attack: 'I have freedom of speech'

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    Witness tampering?
    they love using words they don't know the meaning of.
    facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Re: Trump defends Yovanovitch attack: 'I have freedom of speech'

    Quote Originally Posted by ludin View Post
    they love using words they don't know the meaning of.
    Just ask Stone and see what was his understanding of it.
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    Re: Trump defends Yovanovitch attack: 'I have freedom of speech'

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    Witness tampering?
    Witness tampering.

    (b)Whoever knowingly uses intimidation, threatens, or corruptly persuades another person, or attempts to do so, or engages in misleading conduct toward another person, with intent to—
    (1)influence, delay, or prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding;
    (2)cause or induce any person to—
    (A)withhold testimony, or withhold a record, document, or other object, from an official proceeding;
    (B)alter, destroy, mutilate, or conceal an object with intent to impair the object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding;
    (C)evade legal process summoning that person to appear as a witness, or to produce a record, document, or other object, in an official proceeding; or
    (D)be absent from an official proceeding to which such person has been summoned by legal process;....
    18 U.S. Code SS 1512 - Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant | U.S. Code | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute


    Witness tampering.
    Did this tweet really cross a legal line into witness tampering? I put this question to seven legal experts. Their responses, edited for clarity and length, are below.

    There wasn’t a perfect consensus, but most experts agreed that Trump’s tweet falls pretty clearly within our understanding of an impeachable offense.

    Impeachment hearings: Did Trump just commit witness tampering with his tweets about Yovanovitch? - Vox
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    Re: Trump defends Yovanovitch attack: 'I have freedom of speech'

    Quote Originally Posted by prometeus View Post
    Just ask Stone and see what was his understanding of it.
    Boom!
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    Re: Trump defends Yovanovitch attack: 'I have freedom of speech'

    Quote Originally Posted by JacksinPA View Post
    Trump defends Yovanovitch attack: 'I have freedom of speech' | TheHill

    President Trump on Friday defended his tweet earlier in the day attacking former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in the middle of her public testimony in the House impeachment hearing, insisting he has the right to speak out.

    "I have the right to speak. I have freedom of speech just like other people do," Trump told reporters at the White House after making remarks on a health care initiative, adding that he's "allowed to speak up" if others are speaking about him.
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    Pressed on whether his words can be intimidating, as Yovanovitch and Democrats have said, Trump said no. He stated that he had 'freedom of speech' even if his speech is totally inappropriate given the circumstances.

    Getting FIRED for being sh*t at your job, is not reason to impeach a President... especially one whose catchphrase is 'You're fired!'
    According to NBC, “Justice Department officials have said that Durham has found something significant, and that critics should be careful.”

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    Re: Trump defends Yovanovitch attack: 'I have freedom of speech'

    Quote Originally Posted by Trump View Post
    Getting FIRED for being sh*t at your job, is not reason to impeach a President... especially one whose catchphrase is 'You're fired!'
    Who has Trump “fired” face to face?
    Everyone appreciates your honesty, until you are honest with them. Then you are an asshole. ” - George Carlin
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