Republican Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada told a CNN reporter this week that he should interview himself, since the journalist was stating a conclusion, not asking a question.
“The substance of the things that have come out is that the president asked for a public investigation into his rivals and also Ukraine aid was being withheld,” Raju told Amodei in an interview that CNN aired Tuesday.
“Well, that’s your conclusion,” the congressman responded. “Sounds like a conclusion to me, so we disagree on the question.”
“That’s not my conclusion. I’m saying that’s what’s come out,” Raju shot back.
He cited testimony offered by Bill Taylor, acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, as proof Trump linked receiving aid to Ukraine agreeing to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.
Raju also pointed to the transcript of the Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, though the transcript showed — contrary to Taylor’s opening statement before the House Intelligence Committee last week — that there was no quid pro quo
Amodei told the CNN personality that he was jumping to a conclusion again.
Trump directed the release in mid-September, following an appeal by Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and others.
Ukraine had not opened an investigation of the Bidens.
Zelensky told reporters multiple times last month he did not feel pushed by Trump to open an investigation.
Raju continued to press Amodei to say Trump should not have asked a foreign government to investigate Joe Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate.
“You’re not answering my question about the substance of the allegation,” Raju charged.
“It’s a conclusion, not a question” Amodei answered. “My English teacher says you’ve got a conclusion. So if you want to interview yourself, go right ahead. You’re interviewing me.”
“You know what, if you don’t want to interview me, then interview yourself,” he added. “Thanks for doing the best you could.”
Amodei then ended the interview.
Raju offered his evaluation of what the exchange meant to the CNN audience.
“We’ve seen this time and again from Republican senators, Republican congressmen, not wanting to give a straightforward answer, because in a lot of members’ views, it’s not defensible for what the president did, and you saw that in that exchange with the Republican congressman,” the reporter said.
The only Republican member of the Silver State’s House delegation said, “In no way, shape, or form, did I indicate support for impeachment.”
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