Democrats and Republicans sparred Monday over President Trump’s conduct regarding Ukraine as both sides awaited new developments in the impeachment inquiry, both on Capitol Hill and in court.
A federal judge has said she will rule by the end of the day on whether former White House counsel Donald McGahn must testify before Congress. House investigators are preparing to release transcripts of two more witnesses deposed behind closed doors. And the House Intelligence Committee is pulling together a report on what was gleaned from public testimony to send to the Judiciary Committee ahead of the drafting of articles of impeachment.
Democrats are seeking to build a case that Trump leveraged military assistance and an Oval Office meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in exchange for investigations of former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden and a debunked theory alleging Ukrainian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
● White House review turns up emailsshowing extensive effortto justify Trump’s decision to block Ukraine military aid.
● House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) SaysDemocrats will press forwarddespite lack of testimony from key impeachment witnesses.
● Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)denies allegationthat he met with top Ukrainian prosecutor about Bidens.
Graham defends his probe of Hunter Biden’s Ukraine activities
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C.) on Monday sought to defend his probe of Hunter Biden’s business activities in Ukraine at the same time that House Democra ts are investigating Trump’s pressure on the country’s leadership.
“I’m doing this because somebody needs to do it,” Graham said during an appearance on Fox News Radio. “We’re not going to allow a system in America where only one side gets looked at.”
Graham requested new documents Thursday from the State Department, attempting to uncover additional information related to Hunter Biden’s activities when he served on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
Trump has pressed Zelensky to investigate those activities, as well as a claim that Joe Biden, as vice president, put pressure on Ukraine to fire its lead prosecutor to protect his son. That claim has been widely disputed by people familiar with the investigation.
Joe Biden lashed out at Graham, a longtime friend, during a television interview on Friday, saying he was “embarrassed by what you’re doing. ”
Graham told host Brian Kilmeade that he was disappointed in Biden’s reaction.
“ My friendship with Joe Biden – if it can’t withstand me doing my job, then it’s not the friendship I thought, ”Graham said.
He echoed those sentiments shortly afterward on Twitter.
“I love Joe Biden as a person but we are not going to give a pass to what is obviously a conflict of interest,” Graham tweeted. “I believe Hunter Biden’s association on the Burisma board doesn’t pass the smell test. If a Republican was in the same position, they’d certainly be investigated! ”