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Politics

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Part of Friday's Twitter exchange related to Friday's House Intelligence Committee hearing.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, Yorktown HS Grad, Slams Trump For 'Witness Intimidation'

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Yorktown High School graduate who now represents parts of New York City, didn't hold back on Friday, swatting back at President Donald Trump on Twitter after the Republican tweeted about former U.S Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and her 33 years of public service as a federal diplomatic officer overseas.

""Trump himself is clearly not satisfied with only one article of impeachment," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.."His choice to publicly broadcast his own, personally authored witness intimidation means he’s wants to sign up for another article on obstruction of justice, too."

A minute into the scheduled public impeachment hearing, President Trump, who wasn't present at the five-plus-hours-long hearing, criticized Friday's witness by typing a negative tweet about Yovanovitch.

"Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad," he tweeted, adding that "It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors," one of the main points GOP lawmakers have been driving home during the impeachment proceedings.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-WA, said, "I'm angry like my friend from Connecticut" Congressman Jim Himes. "In fact, I'm very angry."

Heck then asked Yovanovitch if she had now heard about Trump's earlier tweet "smearing" her.

"I couldn't' believe it," Yovanovitch replied to Heck and the rest of the House Intelligence Committee, adding she was "Shocked, appalled, devastated....I couldn't believe it."

Many on Twitter, and during the congressional hearing, referred to Trump's tweet as possible witness intimidation, which also can be seen as obstruction of justice, both of which are illegal.

On Friday, Nov. 15, Yovanovitch became the third person to testify publicly before the House Intelligence Committee in its impeachment inquiry; State Department officials William Taylor and George Kent appeared before the congressional panel during the opening day of public testimony on Wednesday.