Meadows says Republican colleagues 'wrong' for suggesting Trump's phone call was inappropriate

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Guidance on masks is coming Meadows sets up coronavirus hotline for members of Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report: McConnell, Pelosi at odds over next relief bill MORE (R-N.C.) on Sunday said a pair of his Republican colleagues who took issue with President TrumpDonald John TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' MORE's July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president were wrong to suggest there was anything improper in the communication. 

CNN's Dana BashDana BashThe Hill's 12:30 Report: McConnell, Pelosi at odds over next relief bill CNN's Tapper scolds Biden for not coughing into his elbow during live interview The Southern Poverty Law Center and yesterday's wars MORE asked Meadows on "State of the Union" to respond to Republican Reps. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryPentagon gets heat over protecting service members from coronavirus Top Armed Services Republican unveils proposals on military families, acquisition reform House panel delays consideration of annual defense policy bill MORE (Texas) and Michael Turner (Ohio) calling the phone call at the center of the impeachment inquiry “inappropriate” and “alarming,” respectively.  

“They are wrong,” Meadows said. 

“I was in the depositions,” he said, adding that he was one of only a few House members to attend all the closed-door depositions of witnesses ahead of the public impeachment inquiries. 

“There’s a big difference between what is being alleged ... and what actually happened,” Meadows said. 

The impeachment inquiry centers around accusations of a quid pro quo, with Democrats alleging Trump sought to withhold foreign aid to Ukraine in exchange for the country publicly announcing investigations into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Biden to host 'virtual fireside chat' with donors Esper faces tough questions on dismissal of aircraft carrier's commander MORE and interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Meadows pushed back on the allegations, saying that “aid was never mentioned in the phone call” and that Ukraine “didn’t know” aid was being withheld at the time of the call.

Bash pointed out that Ukraine did know aid was being withheld at the time of the call based on the testimony of Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia.

“I know these facts better than anyone else,” Meadows pushed back. 

“There's not anything about aid. You know that. Tell the people the truth,” he added. 

“That's not true,” Bash responded.