Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
Updated 10:34 AM ET, Mon January 27, 2020
(CNN) Congressional Republicans have twisted themselves into all sorts of knots in an effort to defend President Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukraine. But on Sunday, Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford dipped to a new low.
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” the Republican senator was asked by host George Stephanopoulos whether he believed it was acceptable for a president to ask a foreign country to investigate one of his potential political opponents — citing not just the much-disputed July 25, 2019 call between Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, but also Trump’s comments on October 3, 2019, in which he urged Ukraine and China to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.