McConnell: Democrats trying to ‘politicize’ Trump whistleblower complaint
“I believe it’s extremely important that their work be handled in a secure setting with adequate protections in a bipartisan fashion — and based on facts rather than leaks to the press. It’s regrettable that House Intelligence [Committee] Chairman [Adam] Schiff [D-Calif.] and Sen. [Charles] Schumer [D-N.Y.] have chosen to politicize this issue,” McConnell said from the Senate floor on Monday.
The back-and-forth comes amid reports that both Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani have attempted to persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden or his son.
Trump appeared to acknowledge on Sunday that he had discussed Biden on the call with Zelensky. But he said on Monday that he did not threaten to withhold aid to Ukraine unless they investigated the Biden family.
“I did not make a statement that you have to do this or I’m not going to give you aid,” Trump told reporters on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
A GOP aide confirmed that they are trying to set up a briefing for the committee this week with the intelligence community’s inspector general and Maguire.
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