GOP invites Republican senator to provide information in impeachment inquiry

House Republicans are asking Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenators sound alarm on dangers of ransomware attacks after briefing Push to investigate Bidens sets up potential for Senate turf war Overnight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases MORE (R-Wis.), who has defended 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’s handling of Ukraine, to provide information in the impeachment inquiry.

In a letter sent to Johnson on Saturday, Reps. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTrump, first lady take part in National Christmas Tree lighting The Hill's Morning Report - Dem impeachment report highlights phone records Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing MORE (Ohio) and Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem dilemma on articles of impeachment Conservative Dan Bongino launches alternative to the Drudge Report Poll: 46 percent of voters say Trump's Ukraine dealings constitute impeachable offense MORE (Calif.), the top Republicans in the impeachment investigation, called for Johnson to provide any firsthand information relevant to the inquiry.

“According to information obtained during the Democrats' ‘impeachment inquiry’ and news reports, you have firsthand information about facts at issue in this inquiry,” the two wrote in the letter.


The letter noted that Johnson was a part of the U.S. delegation to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration earlier this year, as well as part of a debriefing by that delegation of Trump. It also said Johnson had held conversations with several witnesses in the impeachment inquiry, including acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordan Sondland, who will testify Wednesday.

“You also participated in phone calls with Ambassador Sondland and President Trump, and a meeting with President Zelensky, Senator [Chris] Murphy [(D-Conn.)], and Ambassador Taylor in Kyiv on September 5. These events are relevant to the ‘impeachment inquiry,’” the letter said.

Johnson defended the president during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, stating that he does not believe U.S. security assistance to Ukraine was contingent on the country publicly announcing an investigation into 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 and his son Hunter Biden.

"I got a letter last night from Jordan and Nunes asking for, basically, my telling of events. I'll be working on that today. I will lay out what I know," he said, adding that he does not believe he will be called before the House Intelligence Committee to testify. 

Sondland in closed-door testimony to the Intelligence Committee has linked the security assistance to investigations, and other witnesses have also drawn a link between the two. The security assistance was eventually sent to Ukraine, but only after a lengthy delay that unnerved officials in Ukraine and the Trump administration.

Jordan and Nunes blasted the inquiry as “one-sided, partisan, and fundamentally unfair” in their letter.