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Sen. Romney and Rep. McAdams respond but take no formal stance on impeachment

Posted at 11:07 AM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 20:17:35-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Senator Mitt Romney pushed back against President Trump's request for China to investigate the Bidens, saying it 'strains credulity' to suggest it was anything other than a politically-motivated move.

President Trump said Thursday he wants both Ukraine and China to investigate Joe Biden and his son. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe or Hunter Biden.

Mitt Romney weighed in on those remarks Friday, saying they were politically motivated.

“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 said. "By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling.”

Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry after a whistleblower reported he had asked Ukraine's president to investigate the Bidens.

In the meantime, Utah’s lone Democrat in Congress, 4th District Rep. Ben McAdams, made a statement at an event in Midvale:

“The president's actions yesterday, as well as allegations that he has abused his power and harmed our national security for his own personal gain, are serious and they demand attention from Congress,” McAdams said.

McAdams said he would not say whether he supports or opposes impeachment in order to remain impartial as the investigation continues, but the circumstances make an impeachment inquiry necessary.