Sen. Johnson defends Pres. Trump, skeptical of Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency

"Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd left and Sen. Ron Johnson R-Wis. on Sunday Oct. 6 2019

Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who made waves last week when he said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that the top US diplomat to the European Union told him in August that almost $400 million in aid to Ukraine was being held up in exchange for Kiev probing USA elections, a charge Trump later denied in a phone call with the senator. It was about that time, in August, that the top diplomat and two others were scrambling to prevent their attempt to broker a meeting between Trump and Zelenskiy from turning into a quid-pro-quo agreement for the military aid, according to text messages released by the chairmen of the House oversight committees in the impeachment inquiry. But arguably, he did more damage to the president's cause by showing just how hard it is to defend Trump.

Johnson said, "Well, first of all, your set-up piece was typically very unbiased". He told the Wall Street Journal that Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, told him the Ukraine aid, which is part of the country's defenses against Russian Federation, was being linked to Trump's desire to have Zelenskiy's team investigate the 2016 U.S. elections.

"Senator, I don't know why you just came on here to personally attack the press and avoid answering questions about what's happened here", Todd replied. "My reaction was: Oh, God".

Johnson told a Wall Street Journal reporter that he was concerned about those remarks and contacted Trump to discuss.

A partial memo of a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump asking the foreign leader to investigate Biden.

"I take what President Trump is saying at face value", said Johnson, who's leading some of those investigations, including calling on the Justice Department to probe a Ukrainian company affiliated with Biden's son. "He adamantly denied it". He vehemently, angrily denied it.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump criticizes supposed second whistleblower North Korea missile test raises fears of new capabilities Window narrows for Trump trade deals MOREweighed in on the contentious exchange in a tweet Sunday evening, blasting Todd for his line of questioning after not "getting the answers he was looking for in order to make me look as bad as possible".

A day earlier, NBC News published a story revealing the highly classified detail that US intelligence agencies had spies inside the Kremlin who reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered the Russian hacking operation against Democrats during the 2016 election. Did things spring from Ukraine?.

The US Open Final: Who Will Make it?
The 34-year-old Swiss won the first two sets 6-4 and 7-5, forcing an injured and struggling Djokovic to retire in the third. If she’s at her best, then she’ll make it to the final and if she performs on the day the title will be hers.

The president has suggested, without evidence, that Ukraine may have been connected to hacking aimed at influencing that election. Page! "deep state!" - has nothing to do with what Todd asked him.

"Just [Hunter Biden] being on the board [of Ukraine gas company Burisma Holdings] - you don't need more evidence to know to know that was wildly freakish, inappropriate, has never happened in finance that somebody with no experience would be on the board and get that money when you have the C.E.O. under investigation", she continued.

Todd wants to know why Johnson was unhappy with that.

TODD: Let me start with something you told the Wall Street Journal late last week.

Johnson and Iowa Sen.

"You ought to ask Director Brennan: What did Peter Strzok mean when he texted Lisa Page on December 15, 2016?"

On Sunday, Johnson reiterated that it was not the case. I don't trust Pe-Peter Strzok.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.