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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) TesterOvernight Defense: Trump loyalist to lead Pentagon transition | Democrats ask VA for vaccine distribution plan | Biden to get classified intel reports Senate Democrats press VA for vaccine distribution plan President is wild card as shutdown fears grow MORE (D) said on Thursday that the country's founders would not tolerate President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge 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 YoungShelton's Fed nomination on knife's edge amid coronavirus-fueled absences Grassley quarantining after exposure to coronavirus Rick Scott to quarantine after contact with person who tested positive for COVID-19 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 - Sponsored by Facebook - Election Day has arrived Law enforcement braces for unrest after Election Day The Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association -Trump enters debate week after NYT obtains his tax returns 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. 

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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 SondlandGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Top Democrat slams Trump's new EU envoy: Not 'a political donor's part-time job' Trump names new EU envoy, filling post left vacant by impeachment witness Sondland 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."