GOP group calls out five House Republicans to speak up on Ukraine

A Republican group is calling on five House Republicans to speak out against the Ukrainian scandal at the center of an impeachment inquiry into Trump in new ads that aired on “Morning Joe” and “Fox & Friends” Thursday in their districts. 

The new Republicans For the Rule of Law ads target four GOP lawmakers in competitive districts, as well as Rep. Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiBillboards calling on House Republicans to 'do their job' follow members home for Thanksgiving Trump's defenders are running out of options Avoiding the snake in the grass: Let's not allow impeachment to divide us MORE (Nev.), who was recognized as the first House Republican to back an impeachment inquiry before he clarified his comments. 

GOP Reps. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonThe rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2019 The Memo: Impeachment's scars cut deep with Trump, say those who know him Hillary Clinton defends Dingell as 'everything that Trump is not' MORE (Mich.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickHouse revives agenda after impeachment storm Former Pennsylvania Rep. Fitzpatrick dead at 56 Republicans came to the table on climate this year MORE (Pa.), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' House Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts Hurd says Democrats, media are being manipulated by Iran MORE (Texas) and Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerDemocrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices MORE (Wash.) all represent districts with competitive races, according to The Cook Political Report.


Republicans for the Rule of Law spokesman Chris Truax said in a statement that it is time for members of Congress to decide if they “want to be remembered as a partisan hack, or as statesmen who answered the call of history and defended the Constitution.”

“Republicans in Congress must speak out against President Trump's admitted abuse of power and stand up for Congress’s duty to conduct a full investigation. They swore an oath to the Constitution, and that oath requires that they not allow the president to behave as if he's above the law,” Truax said. 

“Leadership is doing what needs to be done, not what’s easy and safe.”

A whistleblower complaint alleges Trump solicited foreign interference into the 2020 election by pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE, a leading 2020 candidate. 

The House launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump last week after the whistleblower’s allegations emerged. 

Almost all House Democrats back the inquiry, but most Republicans have stood by the president and his defense of the call. 

Some of the Republicans the group is targeting have expressed support for the House conducting oversight, though none have called for removing Trump from office.

Amodei was thought the be the first House Republican to back the impeachment inquiry, but later clarified that he supports the oversight process and “in no way” indicated “support for impeachment.” 

Hurd, who represents a district Cook said leans Democratic, said Sunday Congress needs to investigate the allegations against Trump but said it's “premature” to make a statement on impeachment, adding that the formal inquiry was “wordplay” to appease progressive Democrats.

Hurd announced in August he is not seeking reelection in 2020.