Jordan, the one Trump ally to defend the president on the Sunday exhibits this Sunday, stated Trump had been "tougher than anyone" on China, suggesting that meant his request for the nation to launch an investigation wasn't critical. "I want to do a trade deal with China, but only if it's good for our country". For the Democrats, who are the majority in the Lower House, such demands for inquiries into a political rival constitute an abuse of power in which the ruler asks a foreign country to interfere in US elections.
Claim: US President Donald Trump and other Republicans say the rules for complaints made by whistleblowers were changed shortly before an anonymous whistleblower raised concerns about the president's phone call with the leader of Ukraine.
Democrats pushed ahead with their investigation, interviewing behind closed doors intelligence community inspector general Michael Atkinson, who handled a whistleblower's complaint about Trump's behaviour toward Ukraine and Biden - the initial spark for the impeachment inquiry.
The whistleblower alleged that Trump was "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 USA election". The group of lawmakers, who have national security backgroundsand are vulnerable in 2020, made the case for proceedings after hearing the President admit that he spoke to Ukraine's leader about Joe Biden, a potential 2020 political rival. While he lashed then-candidate Trump as a "phony" and a "fraud" in a 2016 speech that didn't keep him from being elected, Romney also dined with Trump as he aimed to become secretary of state and accepted the president's endorsement during his Senate run two years later. Those Republicans have little incentive to criticize the president because can't risk alienating Trump's base voters. An impeachment vote will force them to pick sides - an lose some support - on either side. But the president's comments on China were clearly inappropriate and wrong.
The Senate leader, a steadfast Trump defender, avoided the impeachment issue during public appearances in his home state of Kentucky this past week. Chuck Grassley, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement.
In North Carolina, Sen. "Remember, this is the president who's been tougher on China than any other president". For Trump to be ousted by the Senate, a unified Democratic caucus will need to at least 20 Republicans to defect to their side, a target that now appears unlikely to be met.
Sen. Susan Collins of ME, another Republican in a tough reelection race, did not respond to a request for comment.
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