Chuck Todd calls out GOP senator for promoting 'Fox News conspiracy'

Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddChuck Todd challenges Cruz after senator pushes theory that Ukraine meddled in election Retiring House Democrat says a Trump reelection would be a 'nightmare scenario' for Congress Cruz on House impeachment inquiry: 'This is 'kangaroo court' MORE, host of NBC's "Meet the Press," called out Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenate braces for brawl on Trump impeachment rules Trump, GOP shift focus from alleged surveillance abuse to Durham Russia probe Here are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump MORE (R-Wis.) for responding to a question with a "Fox News conspiracy" during a heated interview on Sunday. 

"I have no idea why a Fox News conspiracy propaganda stuff is popping up on here. I have no idea. I have no idea why we're going here," Todd said. 

He then pushed the senator to "answer the question that I asked you instead of trying to make Donald Trump feel better here that you're not criticizing him."

"What made you wince? I’m asking a simple question about you clearly were upset that somehow there was an implication that military aid was being frozen because the president wanted an investigation. Why did you wince?" Todd asked.

"Because I didn't want those connected," Johnson responded. "I was supporting the aid."

Johnson said he asked the president about allegations that military aid was being withheld from Ukraine as Trump asked the country's leader to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Top Zelensky aide refutes Sondland testimony The great AI debate: What candidates are (finally) saying about artificial intelligence MORE, a leading 2020 candidate. 

"He completely denied it. He adamantly denied it. He vehemently, angrily denied it. He said, 'I'd never do that,'" Johnson said. 

He continued to defend Trump by saying that "the press is horribly biased." 

"I understand that the way to avoid answering a question is to attack us in the press," Todd responded.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE weighed in on the contentious exchange in a tweet Sunday evening, blasting Todd for his line of questioning after not "getting the answers he was looking for in order to make me look as bad as possible."

Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry in the House over allegations that he solicited foreign interference to benefit him in the 2020 election. 

A partial memo of a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump asking the foreign leader to investigate Biden. 

Trump has defended his actions as appropriate. Most Republicans have stood by Trump and defended his actions.