Panel Democrats are asking Chapman to state in composing whether the remarks are true, and back up his claim with files connected to his conversations with Brazilian officials, “to reassure Congress” that he “is genuinely representing the interests of the United States and not the narrow, political interests of President Trump.”
A representative for the State Department did not immediately respond to an emailed ask for remark.
Chapman’s reported comments are reminiscent of Trump’s admonition to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “do us a favor” during a July 25, 2019, call, the record and scenarios of which became the focus of your house Democrats’ case for impeaching Trump previously this year. The reports regarding his comments about ethanol are also only the current example of Chapman, a career diplomat, suggesting about matters that House Democrats believe come troublingly near to engaging in partisan politics.
Engel and Sires wrote in their letter that earlier this week, Chapman safeguarded Eduardo Bolsonaro, a member of Brazil’s National Congress and the boy of Brazil’s president, when he tweeted out a video supporting Trump’s reelection, stating he had a right to speak easily.
“It is simply not suitable for sitting foreign government officials– in any branch of government– to promote the projects of prospects in the United States,” Engel and Sires wrote in their letter. “After everything that occurred in the U.S. presidential election in 2016, we frankly think that you should understand better.”
The committee asked for a reaction from Chapman by Aug. 4.