‘It strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated…’
(Liberty Headlines) Most Republican leaders were silent or supportive of President Donald Trump’s public call for China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his wealthy investor son Hunter, while a few voiced concern that the president was trying to enlist a rival power to expose Democrat corruption.
Several House and Senate leaders stayed mum Friday as Trump escalated the controversy that has fueled an impeachment inquiry and plowed through another norm of American politics.
Trump found support in his willingness to openly challenge that convention.
Vice President Mike Pence made clear he backed the president and believes he is raising “appropriate” issues. Other allies agreed.
“I don’t think there’s anything improper about doing that,” GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said of Trump’s call on China to investigate the suspicious business dealings of Hunter Biden, the son of leading Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
On Friday morning, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney dissented: “By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling.”
He added, in a tweet: “When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated.”
Romney and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse appeared to be the only Republicans going public with concerns.
Sasse said in a statement to the Omaha World-Herald: “Americans don’t look to Chinese commies for the truth. If the Biden kid broke laws by selling his name to Beijing, that’s a matter for American courts, not communist tyrants running torture camps.”
Adapted from reporting by Associated Press.