GOP invites Republican senator to provide information in impeachment inquiry

House Republicans are asking Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGraham vows Biden, Ukraine probe after impeachment trial GOP warns of 'drawn out' executive privilege battle over Bolton testimony  Senate Republicans confident they'll win fight on witnesses MORE (R-Wis.), who has defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense 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 JordanBolton upends Trump impeachment trial  Government privacy watchdog under pressure to recommend facial recognition ban Jordan says he thinks trial will be over by next week MORE (Ohio) and Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism 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.

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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 BidenWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense 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.