While many Republicans are standing steadfast by President Donald Trump‘s side, others have expressed concern about the events outlined in the whistleblower’s complaint.
On Thursday morning, the whistleblower’s report was released outlining allegations that President Trump sought out interference from foreign powers to dig up dirt that could benefit him in his 2020 reelection bid.
The cornerstone of this report is an allegation that Trump denied military aid to Ukrainian leaders if they did not investigate separate allegations that former Vice President Joe Biden used his former position to benefit his son, Hunter Biden.
The president denies wrongdoing, claiming that he asked Ukrainian leaders to investigate corruption, including the allegations against Biden, but never threatened to pull aid.
While it is unclear what will come of the whistleblower’s report, some Republicans have read the phone call transcripts and the report itself and found the situation concerning.
Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) called the complaint “concerning” and called on Congress to “fully investigate” the allegations and speak with the whistleblower directly.
There is a lot in the whistleblower complaint that is concerning. We need to fully investigate all of the allegations addressed in the letter, and the first step is to talk to the whistleblower.
— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) September 26, 2019
Prior to the report’s release, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) called for the document to be released to the public and encouraged the White House to continue to be transparent in this process.
I do not support impeachment of President Trump. I have just read the whistleblower complaint made available to House Intelligence Committee Members. I believe strongly in transparency and it should be immediately declassified and made public for the American people to read.
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) September 25, 2019
Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) have both signaled concern about Trump’s behavior.
As IJR reported, Romney called Trump’s phone transcripts “troubling in the extreme.”
Senator Sasse expressed similar concern about the whistleblower’s report, noting that there were “real troubling things here.” He called on his fellow Republicans to not turn a blind eye to protect Trump, saying, “Republicans ought not just circle the wagons.”
Similarly, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) called Trump’s behavior “inappropriate,” but said it doesn’t qualify as an impeachable offense.
TOOMEY: “While the conversation reported in the memorandum relating to alleged Ukrainian corruption and Vice President Biden’s son was inappropriate, it does not rise to the level of an impeachable offense.” pic.twitter.com/Tz2wQ18Ggo
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 25, 2019
“While the conversation reported in the memorandum relating to alleged Ukrainian corruption and Vice President Biden’s son was inappropriate, it does not rise to the level of an impeachable offense,” wrote Tommey in a press release.