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

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) on Sunday repeatedly refused to say whether he believed it was inappropriate for President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE to call for Chinese authorities to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Ex-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine 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 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 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 PelosiOvernight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon Hillicon Valley: FBI to now notify state officials of cyber breaches | Pelosi rips 'shameful' Facebook | 5G group beefs up lobby team | Spotify unveils playlists for pets Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' 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 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 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.