Sasse breaks with Trump's call for probe: 'Americans don't look to Chinese commies for the truth'

Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric Sasse NBA commissioner says China asked league to fire Rocket's GM Lawmakers set to host fundraisers focused on Nats' World Series trip Hong Kong protesters trample, burn LeBron James jerseys in wake of comments MORE (R-Neb.) pushed back strongly on Thursday night against President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE's suggestion that the Chinese government investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSupport for impeachment inches up in poll Overnight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment MORE and his son, Hunter Biden.
"Hold up: Americans don’t look to Chinese commies for the truth. If the Biden kid broke laws by selling his name to Beijing, that’s a matter for American courts, not communist tyrants running torture camps," Sasse said in a statement to the Omaha World-Herald.
A spokesman for Sasse didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sasse's remarks mark the strongest pushback from a Senate Republican since Trump on Thursday publicly encouraged Ukraine and China should look into the Bidens.
"China should start an investigation into the Bidens,” Trump said in front of cameras on the South Lawn of the White House.
The president added that he had not explicitly asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to open an investigation, but that it’s “certainly something we can start thinking about.”
Sasse's Senate GOP colleagues have largely been silent about Trump's rhetoric as they've been scattered across the country as part of a two-week recess.
Trump's suggestion to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that he investigate the Bidens and a related whistleblower complaint have fueled the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. 
Sasse, who is up for reelection next year, also knocked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe strange case of 'Dr. Trump' and 'Mr. Tweet' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump faces backlash for comparing impeachment to 'lynching' House Republican: Schiff 'should not be leading this whole inquiry' MORE's (D-Calif.) handling of the House investigation, comparing it to a "partisan clown show in the House."
"That’s his right because the Constitution doesn’t prohibit clown shows, but fortunately, in the Senate, we're working to follow the facts one step at a time," Sasse said. 
The Senate Intelligence Committee, which Sasse is a member of, is running a separate investigation into the whistleblower complaint tied to Trump's actions toward Ukraine. 
Sasse previously said the whistleblower complaint contained "real troubling things" and that Republicans "ought not just circle the wagons."