U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Friday.
Menendez, who is ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the call following news reports that said President Donald Trump sought to push Ukraine into investigating the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, who is the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“I hope that my colleagues in the Senate, particularly the Republican majority will join us and get into the truth,” Menendez said. “It’s time to be a patriot over a partisan.”
Because the Trump’s actions, as well as the actions of his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, touched so frequently on Ukraine, the Foreign Relations Committee has authority to investigate much about Trump’s action in this instance.
Though, a secure box where a whistleblower alleged Trump officials stored the president’s conversation Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, among other things, falls under the purview of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
So far, Senate Republicans have said little about the accusations against trump, with some saying they had yet to read the whistleblower’s report.
The move towards impeachment is a politically perilous one for Democrats.
It’s possible that a long-standing fear of some moderate Democrats will prove true in the weeks following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump.
Trump campaign officials said the president’s re-election campaign and national Republican party organizations were pulling in millions of dollars off the back of Pelosi’s announcement.
Despite the danger, the politics weren’t a consideration, Menendez said.
“This is obviously a potential risk, but when one raises their hand and takes the oath of office to be a member of the House of Representatives or the United State Senate, you swear an oath to defend the constitution of the United States,” Menendez said. “You don’t swear an oath to defend the constitution when it’s politically convenient to do so — you swear an oath to defend the constitution.”