Republicans Shift Defense of Trump, While He Attacks Another Witness


On Sunday, Chris Wallace, the host of “Fox News Sunday,” pressed Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 2 House Republican, on that point, asking him whether Mr. Sondland might “blow a hole” in Republicans’ defense.

“The president’s defense is that those things didn’t happen,” Mr. Scalise insisted, adding, “The real bottom line is he got the money. Ukraine got the money.”

Later, Mr. Trump attacked Mr. Wallace on Twitter.

“@SteveScalise blew the nasty & obnoxious Chris Wallace (will never be his father, Mike!) away on Chris’s lowest rated (unless I’m on) morning show. This kind of dumb and unfair interview would never have happened in the @FoxNews past. Great job Steve!” the president wrote.

Both Mr. Scalise and Mr. Jordan have made such arguments before, but their remarks on Sunday suggest this will be Republicans’ core line of defense this week. What both Mr. Scalise and Mr. Jordan failed to mention,

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