A push by President Trump Donald John TrumpTrump finds GOP resistance in investigating Hunter Biden Trump's 2016 sound team as Democrats gain attorneys' fees Whistleblower stops and denies the White House on Trump's attack MORE and conservatives digging into Hunter Biden's work in Ukraine are running in collapses from an unusual corner: the congressional Republicans.
Some Republicans believe that Trump's impeachment trial or a separate Senate committee investigation could provide the basis for probing former Vice President Joe Biden Joe BidenTrump finds resistance GOP investigation into Hunter Biden Whistleblower lawyer stops and denies White House attack Trump wants senator wants to know whistleblower's identity if there is an impeachment trial MORE and his son Hunter , both of which appeared as a fix for Trump and his leading allies as they sought a foothold in the impeachm ent battle.
Trump initiated the effort on Thursday when he tweeted that the Bidens "must testify" – raising the specter that GOP presidential or senatorial attorneys could try to drag them into court of public impeachment.
"What made Hunter Biden Make Money?" @SenJohnKennedy A very good question. He must bear his testimony and he is asleep! "Trump tweeted.
But a push to focus on Bidens as part of an impeachment trial quickly received a cool reception from Republicans on Capitol Hill.
" His lawyers, I suppose, can ask any witnesses they want. But I think we should focus on the articles of impeachment and not go down any rabbit routes, "said Sen. John Cornyn John CornynTrump found GOP opposition in investigating Hunter Biden Overnight Health Care: Juul to stop selling flavors of mint | Senate fight raises bipartisan pricing bills | Second federal judge abolishes Trump's & # 39; s policy of conscience health care Senate fight cuts bipartisan bill bill more (R-Texas) on The Hill.
Asked about Trump floating Bidens should testify, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamTrump finds GOP opposition in investigating Hunter Biden GOP senator who wants to know whistlebl's identity ower if there is a Senate hearing Intel chairman does not want to reveal the identity of the whistleblower MORE (RS.C.) said he did not understand it as a "presidential defense."
"We will that decision, not the president, "Graham added.
Sen. Ron Johnson Ronald (Ron) Harold JohnsonTrump finds opposition to the GOP during Hunter Biden GOP senatorial investigation of State Department for Hunter Biden, Burisma recorded Pressure builds on Pompeo in charge of the impeachment inquiry earlier  (R-Wis.), who insisted on Hunter Biden being called to testify, replied: "I am not sure what he would add."
Trump's public call for Bidens to testify comes after days of chatter within the Republican Senate scenario about trying to use an impeachment trial or a potentially separate investigation into the Senate committee to view the Bidens.
Kennedy questioned how a Senate test would determine if Trump used Ukraine's help to try to force the country into investigating the Bidens without testifying to Hunter Biden.
"I do not see how it is possible to litigate whether the president's conduct in requesting an investigation is appropriate without litigating whether he has a good faith basis in questioning that investigation," he said. Kennedy. "Which means I don't see how you can get this whole thing done without Hunter Biden's involvement."
He added that it would be "shocking" if Trump's lawyers did not try to call Hunter Biden or at least considered trying to call him.
Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) Said he "loved" to use an impeachment trial to get the Bidens to testify. Meanwhile, Sen. Kevin Cramer  Kevin John CramerTrump encounters GOP opposition as Hunter Biden Progressive freshmen jump in the PAC leadership funding senators to push the deal with impeachment litigation rules to prevent political politician NO (RN.D.) said that it would be "desirable" for Hunter Biden to testify as part of a separate committee, "it would seem inevitable to bring him to testify."
"If that is the hinge pin of the impeachment, then that is the hinge of the impeachment," he added.
Sen. Rand Paul  Randal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump finds GOP objection in investigation of Hunter Biden GOP senator who wants to know whistleblower's identity if impeachment warning Rand Paul warns he can oppose rules on impeachment litigation if it limits MORE (R-Ky.) warned that he could vote against a resolution on impeachment litigation policies if it limited the ability for Trump's team to call witnesses.
"I am all in favor of the president calling on Joe Biden, Hunter Biden and the whistleblower," Paul said. . "I advise Republicans not to participate in anything that does not allow the defense witnesses."
Trump and his allies are trapped in Biden's connection to Ukraine as the former vice president seeks the Democratic nominee to challenge Trump in 2020.  Hunter Biden has worked on the board of a natural company gas owned by a Ukrainian oligarch while his father served as vice-president. Joe Biden in 2016 pushed for the removal of a Ukrainian prosecutor accused of overlooking corruption in his own office, threatening to withhold money if the prosecutor was not fired.
There is no indication that Joe Biden was acting in the interests of his son in the mind and the former vice president has denied any such motivation. But Trump and his allies, along with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani Rudy GiulianiTrump find GOP objection in investigating Hunter Biden Mulvaney who is being suppressed by House Democrats in impeachment inquiry Top diplomat Giuliani said the 'campaign of lies' falls on the veteran ambassador of MORE  who pushed for an investigation into the Bidens and dismissed the former vice president as "corrupt."
Other GOP senators poured cold water in a bid to call the Bidens, arguing it was "premature" to talk about impeachment witnesses when the News had not passed article of impeachment.
The House went deep into the impeachment inquiry, focusing on Trump asking Ukraine to "look" at Biden and his son Hunter Biden. Lawmakers are also investigating whether Trump has set up aid in Ukraine unless the country opens an investigation.
"I think at this point everything is premature," Sen said. John Thune John Randolph ThuneTrump finds GOP opposition investigating Hunter Biden Republicans whose election results are & # 39; wake-up call & # 39; for 12:30 PM Trump's Hill Report: Public hearing impeachment commencing next week MORE (SD), the No. 2nd Senate Republican. "I know some of our members are throwing in some ideas and suggestions out there, but I think at this point it's all kind of hypothetical."
Sen. Roy Blunt Roy Dean BluntTrump finds GOP objection in investigation of Hunter Biden Former AG Sessions entering Alabama Senate race proposing senators to deal with impeachment litigation rules to avoid politics politician NO (R-Mo.), when asked about Trump's tweet, adding that he widely thought the president and House Republicans should be allowed to question witnesses called, adding that "we went before proceedings in the Senate. "
Short of having the Bidens testify as part of an impeachment trial, some GOP senators have urged committee chairmen in the Senate to launch an investigation, but these efforts have yielded mixed results.
Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, initially invited Giuliani to testify before his panel on corruption in Ukraine, a move that would give Giuliani a place for the public to impose his allegations against the Bidens.
But Graham said he doubted he could get Giuliani to testify and instead urged the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to investigate between Ukraine and Biden, including calling Department officials of the State.
"Shouldn't Joe Biden have asked that the Ukarnian supervisor be fired because he is investigating a company that his son is on board for? … I think the Foreign Relations Committee will be the one to contact there, "Graham said.
But Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Jim Risch James (Jim) Elroy RischTrump finds GOP objection in investigating Hunter Biden Graham: Schiff's comment on findings of inquiry & # 39 full of crap & # 39; Republicans have been struggling to coalesce behind an impeachment strategy MORE (R-Idaho) had held any Ukraine-related hearing until after the House impeachment inquiry. 19659004] Asking about Graham's request, he pointed to a letter he sent in late October to Sen. Robert Menendez Robert (Bob) MenendezTrump encounters GOP resistance in investigating Hunter Biden Fairness, tradition, and the Constitution seeking the & # 39; whistleblower & # 39; step Islamism creeping into America, as the president views himself MORE (NJ), the leading Democrat on the panel, noting that the Ukraine issue is "deeply intertwined" w ith the House inquiry.
"Due to the ongoing questioning of the House impeachment, I believe it would be appropriate for our committee to wait for the review of these matters until the House has completed its process (one way or another)," it wrote him. "At the appropriate time, we will look into these matters in greater detail in consultation with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence."
Kennedy, a member of Graham's panel, doubted that Hunter Biden would call before the Senate panel, saying, "I doubt it will happen."
Sen. Thom Tillis Thomas (Thom) Roland TillisTrump finds GOP opposition in investigation of Hunter Biden Juan Williams: Republicans flee Democratic Democrats will win back Senate majority by 2020, all thanks to President Trump MORE (RN.C.) said there were "legitimate questions" about Hunter Biden's employment in Burisma but "whether or not it rose to the level of a Senate floor for doing so, I'm not really sure. "
The most likely panel, to excavate Bidens, was the oversight of Johnson's committee. Johnson and Sen. Chuck Grassley Charles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyTrump finds GOP resistance in Hunter Biden state senator's inves deadly GOP press State Department for Hunter Biden, Burisma Senate record against bipartisan senator price bill FOR THE RIGHT (R-Iowa), chairman of the Finance Committee, sent a letter to the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Michael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump encountered resistance of the GOP in investigating Hunter Biden GOP senators to press State Department for Hunter Biden, Burisma recorded State Dept. to provide legal assistance to employees testifying to the impeachment inquiry MORE on Wednesday asking the department to provide any records tied to Bidens or Burisma Holdings.
But Johnson stopped saying he would try to call Hunter Biden before his committee, saying he had tried to avoid "showing trials."
"There is an awful lot of questions that need to be answered," he said. "I'm just trying to gather information."