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MADISON — In an attempt to defend President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader and Republican congressional candidate Scott Fitzgerald dismissed the impeachment inquiry against the president as a political witch hunt while simultaneously arguing lawmakers should continue to probe his conduct related to Ukraine.

Fitzgerald’s comments on Tuesday represent the latest Republican efforts to stand by the president as he faces an impeachment inquiry into his attempt to leverage Ukraine to investigate his political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, is running to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner when he retires in early 2021.

Fitzgerald told reporters he believes the impeachment inquiry is a political witch hunt by Democrats that is sure to last through 2020, but he also expressed concern toward allegations Trump tried to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into the Bidens by withholding military aid to the eastern European country.

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“Everything should be vetted, and I think that’s what members of Congress are asking for right now,” Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald, however, said he doubted whether concerns over Trump’s behavior related to Ukraine are legitimate.

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“You can continue down the path of exploring all these different items, but whether or not they’re legit is a whole different question or whether or not they’re politically motivated,” Fitzgerald said.

And he openly argued his knowledge of Trump’s conduct regarding Ukraine passes muster.

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