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All three networks began Friday night’s newscasts with two or three breathless segments touting the day’s Democrat impeachment narrative, centered on former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who they fawned over as a “respected anti-corruption champion” subjected to a “smear campaign” by the president and his advisers.
CBS Evening News offered three stories and won for the the most florid opening, from anchor Norah O'Donnell:
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NORAH O'DONNELL: Thank you for joining us tonight on this extraordinary night in U.S. history. President Trump tonight is accused of witness intimidation, and now faces another possible impeachment charge. Never before has a president publicly attacked an impeachment witness at the moment they were testifying as Mr. Trump did today on Twitter. It came during chilling testimony from Marie Yovanovitch, the highly respected diplomat and anticorruption crusader told Congress she felt threatened and intimidated by President Trump. Yovanovitch said she was removed from her post in Ukraine after being, quote, "knee-capped" by a shadowy smear campaign. Democrats claim that takedown cleared the way for the president to attempt to bribe Ukraine's new president into investigating Mr. Trump's rivals.
Nancy Cordes then touted how “Congress was riveted as she essentially accused President Trump of siding with some notoriously corrupt Ukrainians over his own U.S. Ambassador and allowing, quote, 'shady interests' to hijack U.S. policy.”
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On NBC Nightly News, Lester Holt began: "The impeachment effort against President Trump turned today on the steely public testimony of the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. Marie Yovanovitch was abruptly removed by the president in may as part of what she believes was an orchestrated smear campaign by Trump and his operatives."
Reporter Peter Alexander added: "Tonight, Democrats calling the former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, focusing on why the respected anti-corruption champion was abruptly removed from her job."
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NBC veteran Andrea Mitchell won the night...
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