Fox Business host lashes out at 'big dumb baby' Trump for attacking Yovanovitch during impeachment hearing

Fox Business host Lisa Kennedy on Friday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE for his tweeted attacks on former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchCitizens United put out a welcome mat for Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't Giuliani: 'I'd love to be a witness' at Senate impeachment trial MORE during her public testimony on Capitol Hill, calling the president a "big dumb baby."

"Should the president be tweeting at her midhearing? No. It makes him look like a big dumb baby," Kennedy said on the air. "He makes her look like a victim, and if he'd just let it go, the last two days of hearings and testimony would've been a snoozefest."

As Yovanovitch testified about a smear campaign by Trump’s allies to oust her from her post in Kyiv, the president took aim at her on Twitter, writing that “everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.”

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And in a stunning turn of events, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Senate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial The Memo: Day One shows conflicting narratives on impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) interrupted his staff counsel’s questioning to read the tweet aloud to the witness and ask her for her reaction.

Yovanovitch said Trump’s tweet might have a “very intimidating” effect on future witnesses facing pressure from the White House not to testify in the impeachment inquiry, and Democrats have since alleged that the attacks were a form of witness intimidation.

Trump later defended his actions, saying that “I have the right to speak” and that he’s “allowed to speak up” if others are talking about him.

Friday’s testimony gave the Democrats’ inquiry a boost of momentum from the feud and from Yovanovitch, who described in personal terms how a shadowy smear campaign successfully led to her removal as the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine after 33 years of public service.

However, her testimony did not advance their allegations that Trump abused his power by pressing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump says impeachment lawyers were 'really good' MORE that would benefit him politically.