House Republican compares impeachment inquiry to 'mad soap opera'

Rep. Bruce WestermanBruce Eugene WestermanOvernight Energy: Trump at Davos joins effort to plant 1 trillion trees | Trump says he doesn't know 'very angry' Greta Thunberg | New details on GOP climate plan | Trump withdraws water supply rule New details on Republican climate plan show emphasis on trees Overnight Energy: Republicans eye top spot on Natural Resources panel | GOP lawmakers push back on bill to make greener refrigerators, air conditioners | Green groups sue Trump over California fracking plans MORE (R-Ark.) on Friday criticized Democrats over their handling of the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE’s dealings with Ukraine.

“It’s like a mad soap opera,” Westerman told Hill.TV. “It’s got a bad script and bad actors.”

Westerman renewed calls for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE’s son Hunter Biden to testify as part of the inquiry.

“I don’t think any of the questions I was hoping to get answered will happen in today’s testimony because they’re still not letting Republican witnesses come before the committee,” he said. “The questions I want to get answered are from Hunter Biden and others.”

Even though there is no evidence of wrongdoing, Trump has repeatedly accused then-Vice President Biden of pressuring the Ukrainian government to fire their top prosecutor general at the time, while his son, Hunter Biden, was serving on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

However, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Democrats hammer abuse of power charge, allege Trump put self over country Female impeachment managers say American public know a 'rigged' trial when they see one MORE (D-Calif.), the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee that's leading the inquiry, has made it clear that the panel’s impeachment probe would not be used to investigate the Bidens.

“This inquiry is not, and will not serve ... as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016 that the president pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit,” he said last week.

Westerman’s comments came just moments before former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchCitizens United put out a welcome mat for Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't Giuliani: 'I'd love to be a witness' at Senate impeachment trial MORE began her testimony in the second open hearing stemming from the impeachment inquiry.

Yovanovitch, who was ousted in May, described a State Department in “crisis” and said that the agency's failure to protect foreign service officials potentially put U.S. interests at risk.

House Democrats are currently investigating Trump’s push for Ukraine to launch investigations into his political opponents, including Biden, a leading 2020 Democratic contender. 

William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, revealed in his testimony on Wednesday that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sonland told a member of his staff that Trump cared more about investigation into Biden than he did about Ukraine.

—Tess Bonn