Democratic senators condemn Trump for calling on China to investigate Bidens

Democratic senators condemn Trump for calling on China to investigate Bidens
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Three Democratic senators in a letter sent to the White House on Wednesday condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE for calling on China to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Biden offers well wishes to Lebanon after deadly explosion MORE and his son.

Sens. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Even the Post Office is political now | Primary action tonight | Super PACS at war Markey offers apology to family of unarmed Black teen amid criticism The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden's latest plan on racial inequality MORE (D-Mass.), Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallDemocrats introduce bill to ban chlorpyrifos, other pesticides to protect farmworkers GOP lawmaker says he will oppose any attempts to delay election Trump raises idea of delaying election MORE (D-N.M.) and Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyHillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Merkley, Sanders introduce bill limiting corporate facial recognition Portland protesters clash with law enforcement for first time since federal presence diminished MORE (D-Ore.) sent a letter to the president to "express our deep concern" about his request to China. 

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"This invitation to a foreign government to interfere in the American electoral process not only violates your oath of office, but also undermines the very values for which this country stands," the letter reads. 

The letter comes after Trump had told reporters earlier this month, “I would think that if they were honest about it they’d start a major investigation into the Bidens.” 

The senators said Trump should instead be looking to protect the "sanctity" of the election process.

"We believe that — consistent with your oath of office — the President of the United States must protect and defend the Constitution of the United States," the senators wrote. "At a minimum that includes ensuring the sanctity of our electoral process and not inviting foreign interference into it."

Trump's request to China comes as the House has launched an impeachment inquiry over his request Ukraine look into Biden, a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.