Cruz: 'Of course' it's not appropriate to ask China to investigate Bidens

Cruz: 'Of course' it's not appropriate to ask China to investigate Bidens
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators at White House Senators confirm Erdoğan played 'propaganda' video in White House meeting MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday that “of course” it was inappropriate for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE to call for Chinese officials to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report Biden says he won't legalize marijuana because it may be a 'gateway drug' Impeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP MORE and his son.

Cruz was responding to a question on CBS's “Face the Nation” from host Margaret Brennan, who asked the Texas senator whether Trump’s call for Beijing to investigate the Bidens was appropriate amid his own criticisms of Beijing for human rights abuses.

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“Of course not,” Cruz responded, adding “elections in the United States should be decided by Americans and it’s not the business of foreign countries to be interfering in our elections.”

Brennan went on to ask Cruz if Trump’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report Impeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP Want to fight foreign influence? Fix FARA filings MORE should testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his “shadow foreign policy” on Trump’s behalf in Ukraine.

“I don’t know what Rudy’s been saying, I do know that we should decide our elections,” Cruz responded. “I think it’d make a lot of sense for Rudy to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

Cruz demurred on whether the Justice Department should investigate Biden, saying  “I believe the Justice Department should investigate violations of law."

"If there's credible evidence of a violation of law, yes, they should investigate, and I'll tell you what I have called for," Cruz added.

He also called for transcripts to be made available of Biden’s conversations with Ukrainian officials from his time as vice president.