Tester: Our forefathers would not have tolerated Trump asking Ukraine to investigate Biden

Tester: Our forefathers would not have tolerated Trump asking Ukraine to investigate Biden
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Montana Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDemocrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment Nadler gets under GOP's skin I'm a conservative against Citizens United MORE (D) said on Thursday that the country's founders would not tolerate President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment MORE ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign. 

“I just think that if in fact that president did ask a foreign country to come in [and investigate a political rival], and influence our elections, I don’t think the forefathers would have tolerated that," Tester told The Hill's editor-at-large Steve Clemons at "America's Veterans: The Next Mission," which was sponsored by Wells Fargo. 

“So it just says to me that if there’s there-there, we need to react appropriately," he continued. 


Tester said he's talked a little bit with his Republican colleagues in the upper chamber since the impeachment hearings, but added that communication was "pretty clammed up.”

Tester's Republican colleague, Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungRestlessness, light rule-breaking and milk spotted on Senate floor as impeachment trial rolls on Impeachment trial forces senators to scrap fundraisers Iran resolution supporters fear impeachment will put it on back burner MORE (Indiana), was also present at the event and spoke in a separate panel. 

“I’m uncomfortable looking at this through a political lens as you might expect," Young told The Hill's editor-in-chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial Both sides of the aisle call for local, state, federal cooperation on homelessness The Hill's Editor-In-Chief: New concerns that Biden is Hillary 2.0 MORE

"So I’m going to let the House do their business," he continued. "I wish they’d do more business quite frankly. You have one committee focused on impeachment, others could be focused on USMCA, higher education act reauthorization and so forth, but it is what it is.”

House Democrats are investigating Trump's push for Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. 

The remarks came one day after the first days of public testimony in the House's impeachment inquiry. 


The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, revealed in his testimony that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandPompeo explodes at NPR reporter, asks if she could find Ukraine on a map Pompeo to meet with Zelensky in Ukraine amid impeachment trial Video becomes vital part of Democrats' case against Trump MORE told a member of his staff that Trump cared more about an investigation into Biden than he did about Ukraine. 

Trump has repeatedly slammed the inquiry as a partisan "witchhunt."