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

Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddTrump has not contacted Pence since storming of Capitol: report Lawmakers mount pressure on Trump to leave office Jeffries: 'Trump may be in the Twitter penalty box, but he still has access to the nuclear codes' MORE, host of NBC's "Meet the Press," called out Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators call for commission to investigate Capitol attack Wisconsin Democrats make ad buy calling on Johnson to resign Efforts to secure elections likely to gain ground in Democrat-controlled Congress 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 BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits 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 TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit 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.