Trump holds call with House GOP amid impeachment inquiry

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE held a conference-wide call with House Republicans on Friday as the White House sought to tout new economic numbers while pushing back on Democrats' latest moves in their impeachment inquiry.

Trump discussed the Friday unemployment numbers as well as “Democrats’ refusal to focus on solutions that would help the American people as they attempt to overturn the result of the 2016 election,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyGOP lawmakers jockey for positions as managers On The Money: Trump, China announce 'Phase One' trade deal | Supreme Court takes up fight over Trump financial records | House panel schedules hearing, vote on new NAFTA deal House panel to hold hearing, vote on Trump's new NAFTA proposal MORE (R-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseGOP lawmakers jockey for positions as managers Fox's Chris Wallace calls out Trump for the 'most sustained assault on freedom of the press' in US history McCarthy: I don't think there's a need to whip the impeachment vote MORE (R-La.), and House GOP Conference Chair Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP calls for minority hearing on impeachment, threatens procedural measures Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran MORE (R-Wyo.) participated on the call, according to the White House.


“The President, Leader McCarthy, Whip Scalise, Chair Cheney, and Republican leaders on key House committees spoke on the call and emphasized that Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and Chairman [Adam] Schiff are deliberately misleading the American people about the truth, and are trampling over procedure and precedent to advance their political goals,” Deere said in the statement issued late Friday.

Trump also touted the economy earlier Friday, after new figures showed the United States added 136,000 jobs in September and unemployment hit a 50-year low.

The president's call with Republicans came as three House committees held a closed-door interview with the inspector general of the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson, regarding a whistleblower complaint raising alarm over Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

Trump has faced scrutiny over a July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during which he asked the foreign leader to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of corruption against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNew York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Graham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications MORE, a 2020 Democratic candidate.

The whistleblower complaint, which triggered House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry last week, alleged that Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election and described an effort by the White House to contain details of the call.

"While we cannot get into the substance, we explored with the IG through documents and testimony the reasons why he found the whistleblower complaint to be both urgent and credible,” Schiff, who leads the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement following the closed-door interview.

“Now that we have all seen the call record, we can see that the IG’s determination was correct in both respects."

House Democrats also issued a subpoena Friday evening to the White House for documents related to Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, and requested documents from Vice President Pence for their impeachment probe.

Trump has railed against Democrats' impeachment inquiry as a “witch hunt,” accusing them of trying to bruise him ahead of the 2020 election and insisting he did nothing wrong on the call with Zelensky.

He has defended his decision to raise Biden on the call, saying it had nothing to do with the election. He also called on Ukraine and China to investigate Biden, sparking backlash from several Republicans including Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyIs a trap being set for Trump in the Senate trial? The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday Senate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial MORE (R-Utah) and Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSenators zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report Live coverage: DOJ inspector general testifies on Capitol Hill FCC votes to bar use of its funds to purchase Huawei, ZTE equipment MORE (Neb.).

“I’m only interested in corruption,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday. “I don’t care about politics. I don’t care about Biden's politics. I never thought Biden was going to win, to be honest."

Trump and his personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGraham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip Judge orders State Dept. to search for and provide more Ukraine docs DOJ releases memos backing Trump immunity claims ahead of impeachment vote MORE, have put forth allegations of corruption regarding Biden and his son, Hunter, but have not offered evidence to back up their claims.