"He's the only one I didn't want her to pick," the president said of Sanders in the newly-released recording.
"Can we see the evidence Rudy, can we see it?" the Fox News host asked, appearing skeptical.
Over the course of their opening arguments the past three days, the Democratic impeachment managers have sought to dispel the notion of any wrongdoing by the Bidens with regard to Ukraine.
"How exactly is this the impeachment we were promised?" Carlson asked. "Wasn't it supposed to be about the abuse of power and the contempt of Congress? Aren't those the charges? How did we get to the part where Russia invades Belgium?"
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to discuss whether or not he had ever defended former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in a Friday interview on National Public Radio.
Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, was eventually removed in April 2019 in a sprawling scandal that has engulfed the Trump administration.
"Imagine a movie written and directed by children," Carlson said, "whose ending you already know and, buy the way, it's 20 hours long, in Hungarian with misspelled subtitles. That's what it's like."
"But I'm not going to be making that vote today. I'm going to make that vote after the opening [arguments]," the GOP senator told CNN.
The president's Senate trial is unlikely to fully explore the emerging evidence, argued Renato Mariotti, so the House should keep its Ukraine investigation going.
"Mike Pence does indeed know the guy," Joseph Bondy wrote on Twitter as he posted footage of his client with the vice president and second lady Karen Pence.
"I think they [the Senate] should hear the testimony that they can get," Congressman Francis Rooney said.
The presidents lawyers argued that House Democrats had carried out "a dangerous perversion of the Constitution that the Senate should swiftly and roundly condemn."
"They are not articles of impeachment. The articles of impeachment are two non-criminal actions," the retired Harvard law professor argued.
Connecticut Republican Robert Hyde also alleged that Lev Parnas planned to have Rudy Giuliani kidnapped in Ukraine in order to blackmail the president.
The ABC host mocked the reaction to claims made by Rudy Giuliani's aide that President Trump knew about pressure on Ukraine to dig dirt on the Bidens.
The Democratic congresswoman said the president exhibited "mom, yell at my teacher" energy in a Thursday tweet.
President Donald Trump has maintained that he does not know Lev Parnas, despite being pictured in photos with him.
Lev Parnas told MSNBC'S Rachel Maddow Thursday that President Donald Trump attempted to fire then-Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch multiple times, but it didn't work. "It was becoming comical," Parnas said.
In the second installment of his interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Lev Parnas compared President Donald Trump to a "cult leader," saying "There's a lot of Republicans that would go against [Trump]."
"He's as critical a witness as anybody," former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman told Newsweek.
"I don't know Lev Parnas. What documents?" Conway said during a CNN interview.
The GAO report that said withholding money from Ukraine violated the law came the same day that the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump will officially begin.
The Connecticut Republican told Eric Bolling that his texts to Lev Parnas were "just colorful" and stressed that he was a "little landscaper."
The GOP congressman said he "just didn't know the name" when call logs released in December revealed that he had been on a call with Parnas.
"Mr. Barr had to have known everything," Parnas said.
Lev Parnas told Rachel Maddow that the only reason former U.S. ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was removed from office was that she stood in the way of the Biden investigation. Parnas also said that Robert Hyde, suspected of keeping tabs on Yovanovitch's location, was "drunk all the time."
"Next to Donald Trump himself, this could be the most important witness that the Senate could call to determine what the actual facts are," a former Watergate prosecutor said.