Our guy, Sen. Johnson says impeachment inquiry is ‘coordinated effort to sabotage the Trump Administration’

In the letter, Sen. Johnson wrote that he viewed the inquiry as a “continuation of a concerted, and possibly coordinated, effort to sabotage the Trump administration,” and he questioned the motives of government witnesses who have voiced concerns about Trump’s handling of Ukraine.

Johnson released his accounting of what happened a day after he disclosed on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that two House Republicans, Ohio’s Jim Jordan and California’s Devin Nunes, had asked him for it

Johnson asserted that government officials expressing concerns about Trump’s conduct are doing so because they “have never accepted President Trump as legitimate and resent his unorthodox style and his intrusion onto their ‘turf.’” Johnson accused these officials of trying to sabotage Trump and called out one of them, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, by name.  

“It’s entirely possible that Vindman fits this profile,” Johnson wrote of Vindman.

The senator’s involvement in Ukraine traces to his role as chair of the Europe subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations panel and membership in the Senate’s bipartisan Ukraine Caucus. 

Beyond that, Johnson has maintained an unusually high profile in the public debate over the Ukraine controversy that is fueling the impeachment effort, defending Trump in repeated media appearances and interviews and offering his own knowledge of key events. 

Johnson’s letter is at the end of the Journal Sentinel article.

Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson has become one of Trump’s most vocal defenders

In a New York Times piece published Nov. 19, the newspaper details how Johnson, who is chair of the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, has become immersed in the controversies surrounding the House’s impeachment inquiry, and how Johnson may himself be called as a witness because of his involvement in some of the activities and meetings that are being investigated. 

Read the Times article.

Read article from US Today

 

 

Sen. Johnson says there is nothing wrong with accepting campaign donations from industries he helps regulate

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson, one of the state’s two representatives in the U.S. Senate, thinks that it is “not problematic, ethically or otherwise,” for a quarter of the senator’s campaign funds raised this year to come from industries he plays a role in regulating. 

At least that is what was reported in an article in the Lake Geneva Regional News, published Nov. 18.

Johnson, from Oshkosh, has not announced that he is seeking reelection in 2022. Some newspaper reports have him saying he will not run again. He is currently in his second six-year term.

Johnson was first elected in 2010 and was reelected in 2016. He upset incumbent Senator Russ Fiengold, a Democrat, in 2010, and then defeated Feingold again in 2016. 

The article uses information from WisPolitics.com that details all the financial contributions made to all the state’s members of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

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Another source for tracking Sen. Ron Johnson

 

One Wisconsin Now has a section on its website chronicling the statements and positions taken by Sen. Ron Johnson. The feature, The Wrong Johnson Archive, is worth reviewing. It is often hard to follow any elected official’s statements and actions so this is a worthwhile read for anyone who is tracking the Senator. One Wisconsin Now is Wisconsin-based partisan news organization.

View the Wrong Johnson Archive

On Bloomberg TV, Sen. Johnson defends the wall and Foxconn

Republican Sen. Johnson was interviewed on Bloomberg TV about the Wall, FoxConn, and trade. On trade, Johnson said, “I am a Constitutionalist” and that Congress has given up too much authority to the Executive Branch. Johnson also defends his party’s Wisconsin deal with FoxConn and says new Governor Tony Evers is creating “uncertainty” when Evers says the state will review the environmental concessions given to Foxconn. Uncertainty, Johnson continues, is something business hate, Bloomberg analysts suggest that the deal with Foxconn is a “disaster.” 

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Senator Johnson says Dems need to stop being ‘hypocritical’ on border security

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, says Democrats need to stop being “hypocritical” on border security.

In a press release from his office earlier in January, Johnson said, “There’s a real easy solution: Have Democrats stop being hypocritical and put their money where their mouth is and fund better barriers. They work.

“[Democrats] supported, voted for about $8 billion of better barrier funding in the 2013 immigration reform, $40 billion in total in terms of border security. This is a growing problem. In 2012, a little over 11,000 people came into this country as family units. Last year, it was 107,000 people coming in as a family unit. In the first three months of this fiscal year it’s been 75,000 people.”

“Let’s face it, as a candidate, this is what [President Trump] talked about. If there is a mandate he can claim from his election, it’s better border security to keep this nation safe. Democrats have voted for this in the past. They’re being total hypocrites.”

Read the full text of his release.

Johnson says failed attempt at repealing and replacing Obamacare was ‘a huge disappointment’

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson says that he wished his Republican Party had repealed and replaced the entire Affordable Care Act when it had the chance.

Johnson made the remark back in Decemeber in a Washington Times article.

Johnson also said that the federal guarantee of health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions is too politically popular to be eliminated.

“I thought that was a pretty spectacular failure on the part of Washington, D.C.,” said Johnson, who has long opposed the law enacted by former President Barack Obama. “We got no help from Democrats and we did not have particularly good plans, either the House or the Senate, and we utterly failed. It was a huge disappointment.”

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