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) TesterGOP braces for Democratic spending onslaught in battle for Senate Former rancher says failure to restore meat labeling law is costing rural America 'billions' Tester: Our forefathers would not have tolerated Trump asking Ukraine to investigate Biden MORE (D) said on Thursday that the country's founders would not tolerate President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Castro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Buttigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa 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. 

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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 YoungThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump says he is fighting testimony to protect presidency The Hill's Morning Report — Dems and Trump score separate court wins GOP braces for Democratic spending onslaught in battle for Senate 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) CusackHill editor-in-chief reacts to fifth Democratic debate The Hill's Morning Report — Schiff: Clear evidence of a quid pro quo Hill editor-in-chief: Buttigieg could benefit if impeachment reaches Senate 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. 

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The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, revealed in his testimony that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandThe Memo: Will impeachment hurt Democrats or Trump? Trump vs. 130 years of civil service What Congress can't get, the people can: Trump documents are damning and there are more to come 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."