President Donald Trump on Friday snapped at reporters during a brief Q&A shortly after ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch concluded her nearly five hours of public testimony in the second public hearing of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Trump falsely claimed that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee had been prevented from asking questions during Yovanovitch’s testimony.
“You know what? I have the right to speak. I have freedom of speech just like other people do, but they’ve taken away the Republicans rights,” Trump told reporters at the White House after making remarks on a health care initiative.
“I watched today as certain very talented people, who wanted to ask questions, and they weren’t even allowed to ask questions, Republicans. They weren’t allowed to ask questions,” he added.
Pressed on whether his tweet attacking Yovanovitch can be considered intimidation of a witness, as the former ambassador and Democrats have charged, Trump said no.
“I don’t think so at all,” he said.
“I just want to have a total, I want freedom of speech!” Trump added. “That is a political process. The Republicans have been treated very badly.”
At one point, when reporter April Ryan attempted to ask Trump a follow-up question, Trump snapped: “Quiet, quiet quiet!”