Romney: Trump asking Ukraine to investigate political rival 'would be troubling in the extreme'

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDeval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Jon Huntsman expected to run for governor in Utah MORE (R-Utah) said on Sunday it would be “troubling in the extreme” if President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE urged Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report Biden says he won't legalize marijuana because it may be a 'gateway drug' Impeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP MORE.

“If the President asked or pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme. Critical for the facts to come out,” Romney tweeted.

The tweet comes amid reports that both Trump and his attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report Impeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP Want to fight foreign influence? Fix FARA filings MORE have attempted to persuade Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Biden or his son.

Romney is one of the first Republican officials to deliver anything other than an unqualified defense of Trump on the subject.

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The existence of an anonymous whistleblower report that purportedly alleges Trump asked Zelenskiy for an investigation several times on a call was made public last week.

The White House has yet to release a transcript of the call or the full complaint, although Trump implied on Sunday that he had discussed Biden with the Ukrainian president, telling reporters the topic of discussion “was largely the fact that we don't want our people like Vice President Biden and his son [contributing] to the corruption already in the Ukraine.”

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSchumer calls on Trump to testify as part of impeachment inquiry Sunday shows — Spotlight shifts to Sondland ahead of impeachment inquiry testimony Perception won't be reality, once AI can manipulate what we see MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday in a letter that “if the Administration persists in blocking this whistleblower from disclosing to Congress a serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the president, they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation.”