Sep 23, 2019

Mitt Romney calls for Trump-Ukraine whistleblower complaint to be released

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) told NBC News' Geoff Bennett on Monday that the Trump administration should make the whistleblower complaint that reportedly involves the president and Ukraine available to Congress, adding that it would be "very helpful to get [to] the bottom of the facts."

The big picture: Romney continues to be the only Republican senator to condemn allegations that Trump pressured Ukraine's president to investigate Joe Biden, tweeting on Sunday that the reports are "troubling in the extreme." Romney told NBC that it would be "up to the House to decide how to proceed" if the administration fails to release the whistleblower complaint.

  • On Monday, the Democratic chairs of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees demanded that the State Department produce documents related to the Trump-Ukraine allegations, threatening a subpoena if the agency fails to comply.

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Senate's new maverick Republican: Mitt Romney and the whistleblower complaint

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is standing as a maverick in his party, coming out as one of few Republicans to openly question President Trump's disputed conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Driving the news: Romney tweeted last Sunday: "If the President asked or pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme." He also told NBC on Monday that Trump should make the whistleblower complaint available to Congress because it would be "very helpful to get [to] the bottom of the facts."

Go deeperArrowSep 25, 2019

Trump calls GOP Sen. Mitt Romney a "pompous ass"

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President Trump referred to Mitt Romney as a "pompous ass" on Saturday in response to the Republican senator's criticism of Trump for his "brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine" to investigate the Bidens.

Why it matters: Romney, who criticized the Trump-Ukraine allegations after reading the whistleblower complaint, is one of the first Republican senators to denounce Trump's calls for China or Ukraine to investigate one of his top 2020 rivals.

Go deeperArrowOct 5, 2019

Trump pits Utahan voters against GOP Sen. Mitt Romney

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah). Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump attempted to pit Utahan voters against Republican Sen. Mitt Romney via Twitter on Saturday, claiming that state residents now consider voting for him in 2018 to be a mistake.

Why it matters: Romney, who criticized the Trump-Ukraine allegations after reading the whistleblower complaint, is one of the first Republican senators to denounce Trump's calls for China or Ukraine to investigate one of his top 2020 rivals.

Go deeperArrowOct 5, 2019