Lieu accuses Trump of asking Ukraine to 'manufacture dirt' on Biden

Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuLet's build a superhighway in space Hillicon Valley — Presented by American Edge Project — Americans blame politicians, social media for spread of misinformation: poll Democrats urge federal agencies to address use of cryptocurrencies for ransomware payments MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday accused President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE of asking Ukraine to “manufacture dirt” on a political opponent, Joe BidenJoe Biden White House: US has donated 200 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world Police recommend charges against four over Sinema bathroom protest K Street revenues boom MORE.

Lieu, a frequent critic of Trump, emphasized during an appearance on Hill.TV that Ukrainian officials already looked into accusations surrounding former Vice President Joe Biden’s son over Hunter Biden's alleged business dealings in the country and did find  any evidence of corruption.

“What evidence actually shows is the Ukrainians actually looked into this, terminated the investigation and found nothing there,” Lieu said on “Rising.”

“So this is just made up, which is also very troubling because you have the American president essentially asking the Ukrainians to manufacture dirt on political opponent because there really was not evidence of corruption,” he added.

After months of resisting impeachment calls, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Navy probe reveals disastrous ship fire response GOP rep leaves committee assignments after indictment Under pressure, Democrats cut back spending MORE (D-Calif.) late Tuesday announced that the House would begin a formal impeachment inquiry into the president, following a growing scandal over a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Pelosi said her decision was sparked by Trump’s own admission that he had spoken with Zelensky about looking into Biden, the frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race.

"This week, the president has admitted to asking the President of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically,” Pelosi said during her announcement. “The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the President's betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.”

A day after Pelosi made the announcement, the White House released a five-page partial transcript of Trump’s July 25 call with the Ukrainian president that shows Trump urging Zelensky to speak with his personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani associate Lev Parnas won't testify at trial Four Seasons Total Landscaping comes full circle with MSNBC special Giuliani picks Abe Lincoln filter for attack against McAuliffe MORE, and to “look into” his allegations against Biden.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, dismissing the exchange as a “nothing call.”

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, have made it clear that they would kill any articles of impeachment that pass in the House, and warned that Democrats could face a political backlash in 2020 if they move forward with impeachment. 

—Tess Bonn