Today, the world witnessed in real time the President of the United States committing a crime.

Marie Yovanovitch, the former United States ambassador to Ukraine, was already a sympathetic witness as she testified Friday before the House Intelligence Committee about a White House smear campaign run by Rudy Giuliani and a gaggle of ghouls straight out of “Rocky and Bullwinkle.”

Apparently recognizing this, the Tweeter-in-Chief climbed the bully pulpit and started typing with his knuckles:

“Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” he wrote on Twitter. “She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.”

Yes, it is, Mr. President. But it is no one’s right to intimidate a witness, whether he or she is testifying before Congress or a traffic court. What Trump did absolutely corroborates Yovanovitch’s account of being threatened, smeared and professionally ruined because her honest work stood in the way of Trump’s crooked scheme.

She told the truth. Trump knows it, and so does anyone who isn’t as gutless and duplicitous as Lindsey Graham. While thinking, rational Americans gasped when the hearing was paused so Yovanovitch could respond to Trump’s tweets, the “patriots” at Fox “News” scrambled to spin a new impeachable offense Trump committed in broad daylight.

“The Framers never mentioned witness intimidation?” Really? Also ignored by the Framers: income tax evasion. Ignore that audit! The IRS has no business sticking its phony nose into your finances!

If Trump’s enablers and apologists in the GOP and at Fox and other right-wing disinformation outlets and his slavish Cult 45 worshipers aren’t disgusted by his cowardly, thuggish harassment of a woman whose career he destroyed, are they at least getting sick of his raging stupidity?

A battered, beleaguered army of apologists is struggling to defend this indefensible dolt from impeachment, and he intimidates a witness in real time as she testifies to the previous intimidation she suffered at the hands of his henchmen.

And still, the apologists soldier on, following a cornered fool who advertises his guilt 140 characters at a time.