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

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTrump, first lady take part in National Christmas Tree lighting The Hill's Morning Report - Dem impeachment report highlights phone records Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ohio) on Sunday repeatedly refused to say whether he believed it was inappropriate for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE to call for Chinese authorities to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Democratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations 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 StephanopoulosImpeachment can't wait Biden reverses, says marijuana isn't a gateway drug Democrats look to next steps in impeachment 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 PelosiHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills 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 TapperCNN Pelosi town hall finishes third in cable news ratings race, draws 1.6M Defense secretary fires Navy chief over SEAL war crimes case Democrats look to next steps in impeachment 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.