Fox Business host Lisa Kennedy on Friday slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE for his tweeted attacks on former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchGiuliani hires attorneys who defended Harvey Weinstein The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Former Ukrainian prosecutor says he was fired for not investigating Hunter Biden: report 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."
Kennedy: "Should the president be tweeting at her mid-hearing, no. *It makes him look like a big dumb baby.*" pic.twitter.com/DEvnsolG8i— Lis Power (@LisPower1) November 15, 2019
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.”
And in a stunning turn of events, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' Schiff: McCarthy 'will do whatever Trump tells him' if GOP wins back House Jan. 6 panel to pursue criminal contempt referral for Bannon 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 BidenManchin lays down demands for child tax credit: report Abrams targets Black churchgoers during campaign stops for McAuliffe in Virginia Pentagon, State Department square off on Afghanistan accountability MORE that would benefit him politically.