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

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsJohn Kelly: 'I believe John Bolton' The Memo: Bolton furor raises stakes for GOP senators Meadows: Bolton manuscript leaked 'to manipulate' senators over witness vote MORE (R-N.C.) on Sunday said a pair of his Republican colleagues who took issue with President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet 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 BashYang on his wife's disclosure of sexual abuse: 'I felt like I'd failed her' Evelyn Yang shares that she was sexually assaulted by doctor Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' MORE asked Meadows on "State of the Union" to respond to Republican Reps. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryGOP Foreign Affairs leaders join pushback against potential troop drawdown in Africa White House threatens veto of House Iran bills Broad, bipartisan rebuke for proposal to pull troops from Africa 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 BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies 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.