Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Thursday refuted as "ridiculous" the claim by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine amounted to bribery.
In an interview with NPR, Jordan railed at Pelosi's description of Trump's July 25 conversation with Ukraine's president, in which he asked for a "favor" — investigations of corruption that would include Joe Biden and his son Hunter — ahead of releasing congressionally approved military aid as "bribery."
"It's ridiculous, just ridiculous," Jordan scoffed.
Jordan reasserted his belief that a quid pro quo never occurred between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
"It didn't happen. That's the whole point," Jordan said.
"The [military] aid was released in spite of a justified concern about what happened in 2016 when so many high government officials in Ukraine were against the president and for Hillary Clinton … in spite of the fact that Ukraine's one of the most corrupt countries on the planet … this president released the aid," he said.
Jordan also defended Rudy Giuliani's involvement with Ukraine, saying, "The president is allowed to have who he wants involved in diplomatic concerns."
He even claimed Giuliani's role was akin to prior presidents having people like U2 lead singer Bono "do diplomatic missions."
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