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

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocrats step up pressure over witnesses after Bolton bombshell Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Des Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee MORE (R-Utah) said on Sunday it would be “troubling in the extreme” if President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir MORE urged Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir 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 GiulianiBolton book alleges Trump tied Ukraine aid freeze to Biden investigations: NYT Trump questions why NPR exists after Pompeo clashes with reporter Cotton: Democrats are 'upset that their witnesses haven't said what they want them to say' 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 PelosiFormer senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Democrats step up pressure over witnesses after Bolton bombshell Texas AFL-CIO endorses Cuellar's primary challenger 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.”