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 TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE for calling on China to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE and his son.

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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.