NBC News reporter shoved by Sondland attorney: 'You understand how the free press works'

NBC News correspondent Geoff Bennett was shoved by the attorney of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland while attempting to ask a question outside the Capitol on Thursday, prompting an immediate protest from the reporter.

"As a respected attorney, I am sure you understand how the free press works,” Bennett said to Sondland attorney Robert Luskin after the lawyer placed his hands on the reporter.


Luskin relented, allowing Bennett to approach Sondland.

“Can you say definitively there was no quid pro quo?” Bennett asked the U.S diplomat.

“I am not giving any comment until my testimony. Thanks,” Sondland replied.

“Why was it important for you to show up here today?” Bennett pressed.

“It is always important to show up when Congress calls,” the ambassador answered.

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