Trump allies go on the offensive against whistleblower complaint, Democrats

Trump allies go on the offensive against whistleblower complaint, Democrats

Republicans vocally defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE on Sunday morning during sometimes combative interviews after a whistleblower complaint centered on his interactions with Ukraine's leader contributed to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Trump chooses high-profile but controversial legal team Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders MORE's (D-Calif.) announcement of an impeachment inquiry.

Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment MORE, Trump’s personal attorney, told ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosPelosi: Trump is 'impeached for life' National security adviser: US embassies not evacuated because 'we're not going to cut and run every time somebody threatens us' Pelosi on Trump: 'Every knock from him is a boost' MORE that the complaint is "hearsay" and "unreliable."

"I am defending my client the best way I know how," he said. "This is not about getting Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' MORE in trouble. This is about proving that Donald Trump was framed by the Democrats."    

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTrump's legal team gets set for impeachment trial Five lingering questions as impeachment heads to Senate Graham: Not 'wise' for House Republicans to serve on Trump trial team MORE (R-Ohio), one of Trump’s staunchest allies in the Democratic-majority House, took to CNN’s “State of the Union” to defend the White House placing the transcript of Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on a secret server, calling it a necessary step against leaks.

Jordan also defended the contents of the call, in which Trump tried to persuade Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

“That doesn’t alarm you?” CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperSteyer says 'grassroots organizing' in Nevada, South Carolina got him on debate stage Pentagon chief says he 'didn't see' intelligence suggesting Iran planned to attack four US embassies Ex-White House press, military officials call on Grisham to restart regular briefings MORE asked Jordan, who responded, “It’s not OK because he didn’t — but he didn't do that.”

When Tapper referenced the White House summary of the call backing up the CNN host's characterization of it, Jordan responded, “You guys don’t read things in context.”

And Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Democratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump MORE (R-S.C.), one of Trump’s most vocal defenders in the Senate, said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that he has "zero problems" with the call. 

Reminded by host Margaret Brennan that the whistleblower complaint, which Graham called “hearsay,” is based on information the person obtained from White House officials, Graham said the focus should be on finding out who the officials were.

“The whistleblower says, ‘I have no direct knowledge.’ ... Who are these people, and what are they up to?” Graham asked. “Salem witch trials have more due process than this.”

White House policy adviser Stephen MillerStephen MillerConservatives slam Warren's call to put transgender women in women's prisons Immigrants are an economic boon to America Giuliani's unofficial role allowed him to avoid White House disclosure rules: report MORE clashed with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFox's Chris Wallace asks if Trump legal team filled with people who have their own axe to grind Chris Wallace: Pelosi plan to force 'McConnell to bow to her will' was a 'total failure' The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment week MORE, saying the whistleblower complaint “drips with condescension, righteous indignation and contempt for the president.” 

Miller, however, refused to answer Wallace’s questions about why Trump used his private attorneys to reach out to Ukrainian officials.

Democratic lawmakers, meanwhile, said the whistleblower complaint and call summary indicated the necessity of the impeachment inquiry.

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocrats request briefing on intel behind Trump's embassy threat claim US citizen dies in Egyptian prison after hunger strike President Trump's strike of choice MORE (D-Conn.) told Brennan, “Rudy Giuliani is attempting to speak for the United States government.”

“You can understand how the Ukrainians are confused when the personal attorney for the president is coming to them asking them to help destroy one of his political rivals,” he added.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff MORE (D-Calif.) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that an agreement for the whistleblower to testify had been reached. He added that he hoped the testimony would happen “very soon,” saying the committee was still ensuring that the whistleblower’s attorneys would get clearance to accompany them and put protective logistics in place.

Schiff was noncommittal on whether Giuliani would be called to testify.

"I don't want to commit myself to that at this point," he said. "We certainly have to do a lot of work to see what Giuliani has been doing in Ukraine."

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week Seven things to know about the Trump trial House delivers impeachment articles to Senate MORE (D-N.Y.) also told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he predicted some Republicans would eventually support the impeachment inquiry.

“The House is a separate and co-equal branch. We don’t work for this president,” Jeffries said. “We have a responsibility to serve as a check and balance, and these issues are serious.”

Sunday morning also saw the release of a CBS News-YouGov survey that found 55 percent of Americans support an impeachment inquiry, compared to 45 percent who disapprove. Thirty-five percent said they strongly approve.