Jordan pushes back on questions about whether he is 'comfortable' with requesting Biden investigation

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDemocrats approve two articles of impeachment against Trump in Judiciary vote Democrats object to Meadows passing note to Jordan from dais Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE (R-Ohio) on Sunday pushed back on questions about whether it was appropriate for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Media organization fights Trump administration over Ukraine documents FOIA Buttigieg releases list of campaign bundlers MORE and his son Hunter Biden, pointing to the fact that the requested probe “didn’t happen.”

"Are you comfortable with the investigation that was requested?" CBS’s Margaret Brennan asked Jordan, noting that State Department official David Holmes testified that he overheard a call between Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandConservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' Democrat suggests Republicans took acting classes based on ability to 'suspend disbelief' Gaetz: We didn't impeach Obama even though 'a lot of constituents' think he abused his power MORE and Trump in which he "heard President Trump ask, 'So, he is gonna do the investigation?'"

ADVERTISEMENT

“I thought we were supposed to be looking at the potential impact on the 2016 election and foreign countries’ involvement with that,” Jordan said before Brennan reminded him that the investigation mentioned was allegedly a probe into the Bidens.

“I don’t think that’s what took place,” Jordan said, continuing to note that U.S. aid to Ukraine had been released without any investigation, so the quid pro quo “didn’t happen.”

Pressed by Brennan, Jordan, who has been transferred to the House Intelligence Committee for the public phase of the impeachment inquiry, pivoted to attacking Democrats for being “out to get this president.”

Jordan declined to say whether he believed Sondland, who is scheduled to publicly testify this week, was a credible witness but noted that the EU ambassador “said there was never any quid pro quo in the text message responding to others on that text chain.”

Sondland has since said the message in question was dictated by Trump and testified to the existence of such an arrangement.

Echoing his earlier defenses of Trump, Jordan told Brennan that military aid to Ukraine had been suspended so U.S. officials could determine Zelensky was “the real deal” in terms of eliminating corruption. The Department of Defense certified that Ukraine had taken sufficient action on corruption before the White House suspended the aid.