Jordan refuses to say whether Trump asking China for investigation was appropriate

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTestimony from GOP diplomat complicates Trump defense The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House Former Ukraine envoy unexpectedly returns to Capitol Hill MORE (R-Ohio) on Sunday repeatedly refused to say whether he believed it was inappropriate for President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE to call for Chinese authorities to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump knocks Romney as 'Democrat secret asset' in new video Giuliani asked State Dept. to grant visa for ex-Ukraine official at center of Biden allegations: report Perry won't comply with subpoena in impeachment inquiry MORE and his son Hunter Biden.

“You really think he was serious about thinking China’s going to investigate the Biden family? I think he’s getting the press all spun up about this,” Jordan said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday as host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosKudlow: 'I don't honestly know' if Trump was joking about China investigating Bidens The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's impeachment woes mount Jordan refuses to say whether Trump asking China for investigation was appropriate MORE repeatedly pressed him on the appropriateness of the statement Trump made last week.

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“He was just making a statement to underscore how wrong what took place here is. I don’t think anyone in America really believes the president of the United states thinks China is going to investigate,” Jordan said. “I think he’s saying what’s on the minds of so many Americans: How does the vice president’s son get a billion dollars from a subsidiary of the Bank of China?”

“That’s not a fact, and it’s not true. The Chinese have denied it as well,” Stephanopoulos countered.

“You’re telling us not to believe what we see with our own eyes. It’s right there,” Stephanopoulos later said as Jordan pivoted to repeating allegations about Hunter Biden.

“We’ve been going 10 minutes. You can’t tell us whether it’s right or wrong,” the ABC host eventually said, with Jordan responding, “I just don’t think that’s what the president was really saying.”

Jordan, one of Trump’s most vocal allies in the House, has consistently defended the president since a whistleblower report led House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCummings to lie in state at the Capitol House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union —Dem wants more changes to Pelosi drug pricing bill | Ebola outbreak wanes, but funding lags | Johnson & Johnson recalls batch of baby powder after asbestos traces found MORE (D-Calif.) to announce an impeachment inquiry, repeating his baseless allegations against the Bidens last weekend in an interview with CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperBiden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' White House officials stand by Syria withdrawal, sanctions delay amid bipartisan pushback Kasich to Congress: 'Look in the mirror at how you want to be remembered' MORE that Tapper fact-checked in real time.

In the earlier interview, Jordan repeated multiple White House defenses of the call, including claiming without evidence that the whistleblower was partisan and falsely asserting that the whistleblower complaint process had recently been amended to remove a requirement that complaints derive from firsthand information.