Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., Said Sunday that the government officials who provided the whistleblower with information about President Donald Trump's conduct with Ukraine revealed "things that did not have to be revealed."
Johnson was one of several Republicans After a week in which three officials, who were at the center of US-Ukraine relations, had to publicly testify in the impeachment investigation to offer the president a varied defense. The three attested professional diplomats shed new light on the Trump administration's efforts to bypass normal diplomatic channels to force Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
Johnson talking to the president about the reasons of the military The help was withheld from Ukraine before the government released the hold in mid-September. According to NBC's "Meet the Press", he wanted to point out that the damage to our country was caused by this entire impeachment process. "
It will be very difficult for future presidents to have a very open conversation with a world leader, because now we have set the precedent for transcribing," he said. "The weakening of the executive privilege is not good, by the way, these people who have leaked it, if they were interested in a stronger relationship with Ukraine, they have not achieved it, and if all this comes to the public, it has weakened this relationship and uncovered. " Things that did not need to be exposed.
He pointed to a trip to Ukraine with Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn, to speak with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in early September He said to Murphy, "we try to minimize the restriction of military aid"
"That would have been far better if we had only taken care of it behind the scenes," he said. "We have two branches of government. Most people, most people, want to support Ukraine, which is trying to convince President Trump. "
failed," Johnson said of the CIA employee, who stated in an official complaint that the president wanted to rein in his re-election efforts Ask for help from a foreign nation by 2020. Her complaint triggered a series of events which eventually led to an impeachment investigation by Parliament.
This week's investigation culminated with the use of public testimonies attended by US leading diplomat US diplomat Bill Taylor. One of his staff heard a phone call between the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, and Trump on July 26, in which the adjutant heard Trump question Sondland about "the investigation," which meant it was investigating Democrats.
The employee was later It became known that David Holmes, political affairs advisor at the US Embassy in Ukraine, appeared on Friday for a secret testimony.
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Holmes told the impeachment investigators that he heard Sondland say that Zelenskiy "loves your ass," prompting Trump, "So he'll do the investigation?" Sondland replied that Zelenskiy will do it and the Ukrainian leader will do whatever you ask him to do.
Holmes said he could hear the discussion because Sondland talked the phone off Trump's ear because of the volume. However, Holmes did not take any notes on the appeal, telling the legislators that he relied on his clear recollection of the events of which he immediately told his colleagues in the embassy.
Sondland, who did not mention the appeal either in his first October filing or in his statement, or in a later written testimony he delivered this month, will appear publicly on Wednesday before the impeachment investigators.
Democrats have accused Trump of bribing Zelenskiy by conditioning the release of nearly $ 400 million in military aid to Zelenskiy by publicly announcing the investigation Trump sought. However, efforts were not made when the Trump administration released the hold on September 1
"Above all, as far as the investigation goes, the Ukrainians never had to do anything to release the aid." Representative Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told CBS "Face the Nation."
In his statement on Wednesday, Taylor said Trump's reluctance to provide military support for his political campaign was "illogical" and "crazy."
On "Fox News Sunday," MP Steve Scalise, R-La., Responded to these comments and said, "The problem is that it did not happen."
Scalise added that if Democrats want to accuse Trump, "Should not it be based on something that actually happened?"
Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, told CNN's "State of the Union" that "of course" the trade in foreign aid against political favors is "alarming".
"As I said from the beginning, I think this is not okay," said Turner, a member of the House Intelligence Committee. "The President of the United States should not even call and speak with the president of another country on the first phone call to raise his political opponent. No, that's not alright. "
But Turner lamented the trial The Democrats conducted the impeachment investigation, pointing to Holmes' statement that the recently announced appeal was not" scandalous, "as Trump essentially did The same was said in the call of July 25, whose summary was published by the White House.
Turner was also asked about Trump's tweet bashing, which had displaced the US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during her Friday testimony Most people, I find the tweets of the president generally unhappy, "said Turner, before he criticized the head of intelligence, Adam ship, D-Calif y not criminal, and it certainly is not witness intimidation. "
CNN Jake Tapper countered by saying that if Yovanovitch found Trump's comment intimidating," is not it possible that she was holding back or shading her answers because she did not want to upset the most powerful person in the universe at all? "
" Well, I think you're hoping to exaggerate Donald Trump's powers, "Turner said, adding that he did not believe her testimony was" inhibited. "