A Republican congressman known for his opposition to Republican President Donald Trump said the presidents phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “misguided” but didnt include anything that could be used to impeach Trump.
Hurd said Trump telling Zelensky to “do us a favor” and probe Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, and the presidents use of the word “Biden,” referring to Trumps request for Zelensky to “look into” corruption allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden and Bidens son Hunter Biden, were not appropriate.
“I believe both statements are inappropriate, misguided foreign policy, and it certainly is not how an executive, currently or in the future, should handle such a call,” Hurd said on Nov. 21.
Witness testimony has provided lawmakers insight into the call, Hurd said.
“Over the past eight weeks, weve learned a few things. The officials on the July 25 call have many different opinions on whether the call was concerning or not, and just because Vice President Biden is running for president does not mean that corruption related to Burisma, Ukraines largest national gas company, and American ties to it, are not concerning.”
He said hed like to hear from Rudy Giuliani, Trumps lawyer, who has declined to appear in front of the House Intelligence Committee, Hunter Biden, a witness requested by Republicans but not acted upon by Democrats, and the whistleblower who filed a complaint against Trump, noting the person met with staffers of committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) before the complaint was filed.