In the shadow of the House impeachment inquiry, the White House scrambled to mount a defense against the many accusations. Testimony Friday came from the woman many feel President Donald Trump made veiled threats against during his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.
In preparation, the Trump team developed talking points for House Republicans. Then emailed those talking points to House Democrats.
This is the second time someone on the President's staff directed White House strategy to the Democrats seeking to impeach Trump instead of his GOP allies.
According to The Hill, the White House's strategy encouraged Republicans to attack the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Democrat Adam Schiff of California's, handling of the investigation.
The email said:
"We are not concerned with any information Yovanovitch might share, because the President did nothing wrong. But we are concerned that Schiff is putting her in a precarious position by having her testify in secret without State Department lawyers be present.”
"It raises serious questions about why Schiff is willing to put career officials in such risky situations while bullying them with legally unfounded threats of obstruction charges."
"Representative Schiff is willing to ride roughshod over fair process and to use career officials to further a baseless political objective."
People found the second mistake by the White House in a month difficult to fathom.
Same ghostwriter! “We are not concerned with any information Yovanovitch might share, because the President did not… https://t.co/Zyps9MlSBl— Jack Weiss (@Jack Weiss) 1570825791.0
@thehill Accidentally on purpose 🤔— NanaDeb (@NanaDeb) 1570825175.0
@thehill I think they are doing this childish crap on purpose— California Girl & Proud of it (@California Girl & Proud of it) 1570825229.0
@thehill Once is a mistake, twice is on purpose.— Hope Johnson (@Hope Johnson) 1570824991.0
@Hopejoe3 @thehill Nance’s Law: Coincidence Takes A lot of Planning. @MalcolmNance— Lawrence Surtees (@Lawrence Surtees) 1570825492.0
@thehill https://t.co/5ck7zshAfj— Jarid Watson (@Jarid Watson) 1570824906.0
People wondered what else was misdirected and to whom.
@thehill What are they sending to our adversaries?— Skeptic (@Skeptic) 1570824907.0
@abqralph @thehill Really! SMH!— Tooey (@Tooey) 1570825617.0
@thehill Well, when you purge anybody who knows what they're doing, what's left tends to be a bit dumber.— Rob Field (@Rob Field) 1570824986.0
@thehill They may as well go ahead and send Trump's tax returns...and Giuliani's Rolodex.— John Daniel🎙️ (@John Daniel🎙️) 1570825005.0
@thehill https://t.co/KCYCaDmuIo— Sean Spicer Facts (@Sean Spicer Facts) 1570825153.0
Although some were torn between two explanations.
@thehill My Conspiracy Theory side says: Twice means something is up.. My Rational Side says: No they are just thi… https://t.co/9Ft2Pg8Ppe— Sad But True vs. The Salmon Dance (@Sad But True vs. The Salmon Dance) 1570825574.0
@Dezarath @thehill That is the problem, isn't it? On the one hand you think no-one can be THAT stupid and then on t… https://t.co/LJscIfmdcl— n3v3r7w337 (@n3v3r7w337) 1570830823.0
@thehill But, but, he said he'd only hire the "best people"?!?! LOLOL https://t.co/AIjcOcsCim— Elroy Hammons (@Elroy Hammons) 1570825499.0
It was unclear whether Yovanovitch would appear for her deposition. A career member of civil service still employed by the diplomatic corps, some theorized Yovanovitch would also be ordered not to cooperate by the White House.
However the former Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan under President George W. Bush and Armenia under Bush and President Barack Obama before being appointed as Ambassador to Ukraine, Yovanovitch arrived by the public entrance.
And courageous Marie Yovanovitch went right in through the front door. No hiding for her! She’s done nothing wrong.… https://t.co/gWZfHwNHnb— bethleslie13 (@bethleslie13) 1570817979.0
Marie Yovanovitch walking in the front door like yassss daallling, imm HERRREEEEE https://t.co/jJNvddCTaC— itz_just_joy (@itz_just_joy) 1570824008.0
It wasn't clear if former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch would show for her Congressional testimony tod… https://t.co/cwaSurRbff— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool) 1570808249.0
In addition to being a three time ambassador under three different Presidents, Yovanovitch is a graduate of Princeton University and the National War College of the National Defense University.
Multilingual, Yovanovitch is considered an expert in the history and politics of the region she served.