A key Republican ally of President Trump argued impeachment began long before the Ukraine controversy.
Instead, Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, said the Democratic-led effort, which has resulted in two articles of impeachment, began in the summer of 2016 with the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into members of Trump’s 2016 campaign.
“It didn’t even start with Ukraine. Impeachment started before this guy was president,” Jordan said Tuesday on Fox & Friends. “Impeachment started on July 31, 2016, when the FBI opened up an investigation and spied on four American citizens associated with the Trump campaign. And everything they did for that two and a half years until we finally got to Ukraine.”
At the start of its inquiry, the FBI looked into ties between Russia and four Trump campaign associates: Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, and…