Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and his Republican allies on the House Intelligence Committee called on Senate Republicans to do more to help President Donald Trump on impeachment by launching an investigation into Ukrainian corruption, focused on Joe and Hunter Biden.
“The Democrats keep saying it’s some conspiracy theory,” Jordan said. “But I think it would be helpful to get the bottom of all that,” added Jordan, a staunch defender of Trump.
Jordan pointed to a claim by a member of the Ukrainian parliament that many of the country’s political figures wanted Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 election, a critical 2016 op-ed aimed at then-candidate Trump by Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly, and criticism that Arsen Avakov, the former Ukrainian interior minister, leveled at Trump on Facebook.
“That’s serious,” Jordan said.
He expressed frustration that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has refused to call Hunter Biden or request that the whistleblower testify.
Asked if the Senate should step in and call witnesses left out of the House impeachment hearing, Jordan said “heck, yeah” and “sure they should.”
GOP leaders specially appointed Jordan to the Intelligence Committee last month to spearhead Trump’s defense.
Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), another member of the House Intelligence Committee, said “there really could be” a bigger role played by Senate Republicans because Schiff has blocked House GOP requests for witnesses who could show that Trump had a legitimate interest in pressing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate corruption.
“We’re really stymied here,” he said.
Wenstrup said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) could bolster Republican counterarguments by launching their own investigations.
“I would love for them to do it because that’s the only way I think we’re going to get to the whole truth,” he said.
Graham and other Senate Republicans have also come under pressure from Fox News host Sean Hannity to do more.
“It’s right now time for Republicans to get tough. Senate Republicans need to pay attention,” Hannity said on his show last week. “Republicans have the power in the Senate, that means you have the power to subpoena people,” he said.
Hannity urged Senate Republicans to subpoena the whistleblower as well as Hunter Biden.