Recently, I explained why the US House of Representatives isn’t violating President Donald Trump’s “Sixth Amendment Rights.”

Short version: The impeachment inquiry isn’t a criminal prosecution. There are no criminal “charges” for him to be informed of, and if he is “charged” (which would happen at the end of that inquiry with a vote to impeach for X, Y, and Z), he faces no criminal penalties. Impeachment is a politicized workplace discipline process, not the Manson Family trial.

Now House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is quacking about “witness intimidation,” because Trump said some mean things on Twitter about an impeachment inquiry witness,┬áMarie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine.

Um … no. This works both ways. Trump may not have “Sixth Amendment rights,” but he still has “First Amendment rights.” Publicly saying mean things about a disgruntled former underling who’s publicly criticizing you is free speech, not “witness intimidation.”

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