Cruz on Whether It’s Appropriate for Trump to Say China Should Look into Biden: 'Of Course Not'

By Melanie Arter | October 14, 2019 | 12:32pm EDT
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( – Asked whether it is appropriate for President Donald Trump to say that China should investigate the Bidens, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said, “Of course not.”

In an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Cruz said, “Of course, not. Elections in the U.S. should be by Americans, and it's not the business of foreign countries, any foreign countries, to be interfering in our elections.”


“Even Ukraine?” CBS’s Margaret Brennan asked. “I mean when you're talking about some of this, I mean, do you think that-- say the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who's been talking about China, who's been talking about Ukraine. Do you want to hear him testify about this sort of shadow foreign policy?”

“Listen, foreign countries should stay out of American elections. That's true for Russia. That's true for Ukraine. That's true for China. That's true for all of them. It should be the American people deciding elections. I don't know what Rudy's been saying. I do know, though, that we should decide our elections. It should be the American people making those decisions,” Cruz said.



Asked whether he wants Giuliani to testify before Cruz’s committee, the senator said, “I think it'd make a lot of sense for Rudy to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. That's ultimately a question for the Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, but I'd like to see Rudy testify. Yes.”

“So the president is often talking about the need to look in to Joe Biden. If he is so concerned, would it be in any way appropriate for him to bring it to his own Justice Department instead of talking about foreign countries looking into his political rival?” Brennan asked.

Cruz said he has “long advocated that the Justice Department should enforce the law, should investigate corruption, should investigate violations of law, regardless of party.”

“But to be clear, you're not calling for the Justice Department to investigate the Biden family?” Brennan asked.

“I believe the Justice Department should investigate violations of law. If there's credible evidence of a violation of law, yes, they should investigate, and I'll tell you what I have called for. I think President Trump wisely released the transcript of his conversation with the Ukrainian government. I think that was good, because a lot of what the Democrats had been raising, alleging an illegal quid pro quo, was not, in fact, backed up by the transcript,” Cruz said.

“But I think-- I think actually the administration should do the exact same thing for Joe Biden. That it should release the transcripts of Joe Biden's conversations with Ukraine. Use the same standard for President Trump and Joe Biden and let the American people read the transcripts and decide,” he said.



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