Trump rejects criticisms by former envoy to Ukraine

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump on Friday asserted his and the Republicans’ right to speak following accusation by former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie L. Yovanovitch against his administration of launching “a smear campaign” against her.

“I have the right to speak; I have freedom of speech just as other people do,” Trump wrote in a tweet shortly after Yovanovitch delivered a key testimony at the second public hearing by the House of Representative on the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. “But they (the Democrats) have taken away the Republican’s rights and I watched today as certain, very talented people wanted to ask questions and they weren’t even allowed to ask questions — Republicans, they weren’t allowed to ask questions. It’s a very sad thing. Go ahead,” he protested.

“I have been watching today for the first time, I started watching and it’s really sad when you see people not allowed to ask questions.

“It’s totally — nobody has ever had such horrible due process. There was no due process and I think it’s — I think it’s considered a joke all over Washington and all over the world.

“What they are doing in Washington with that hearing and by the way, it’s a political process. It’s not a legal process,” Trump added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency