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U.S. Senator Ron Johnson continues to defend himself after being slammed from all sides over his investigation of corruption in Obama-era intelligence agencies.
The Wisconsin Republican added fuel to the fire this week when he acknowledged that evidence uncovered may “certainly help” President Donald Trump win reelection while spelling trouble at the polls for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Democrats had a meltdown over what they claim is Johnson’s attempt to weaponize the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in order to damage Biden’s credibility heading into November. Never mind the facts themselves which raise ethical questions about the Biden family, notably with Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy company that has been linked to Hunter Biden.
“The more that we expose of the corruption of the transition process between Obama and Trump, the more we expose of the corruption within those agencies, I would think it would certainly help Donald Trump win reelection and certainly be pretty good, I would say, evidence about not voting for Vice President Biden,” Johnson said in a radio interview with Jon Justice and Drew Lee on Tuesday.
The chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee also spoke on “The Mark Belling Show” this week, saying that what has been uncovered in the probe so far is so “outrageous” that “it should completely disqualify Biden from becoming president.”
Less than 100 days before the election, Johnson’s investigation – and his comments – roiled Democrats who pounced immediately.
“This damning acknowledgment totally exposes that Ron Johnson’s disgraceful conduct is the definition of malfeasance,” Biden spokesman Andrew Bates said, according to Politico. “It is beyond time for him to end this embarrassing and deeply unethical charade once and for all — as a number of his Senate Republican colleagues have long wanted.”
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut also attacked Johnson in an op-ed casting doubt about the credibility of his sources. Johnson fired back in a series of tweets, slamming his Senate colleague for the”twisting of classified briefings and repeating of false news reports.”
Press helps Dem Senator ‘twist’ classified briefings to make Biden Burisma probe seem sketchy, Sen. Ron Johnson says https://t.co/XQ4fCusqI9
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 10, 2020
Last week, Johnson subpoenaed FBI Director Christopher Wray for documents related to the investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia. But he suggested this week that fellow Republicans on his committee have been blocking him from subpoenaing former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan, among others as his probe runs parallel to one conducted by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham.
“We had a number of my committee members that were highly concerned about how this looks politically,” he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday, though he would not name who the members were.
The GOP senator defended his investigation in an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum as well, noting that Republicans “didn’t target the Bidens,” but they brought it on themselves.
“We didn’t target the Bidens,” Johnson said on “The Story” Wednesday. “We were actually looking at potential DNC involvement corrupting some of the agencies in the Obama Administration.”
His comments came in response to Biden’s wife Jill telling CBS News “Sunday Morning” that her family “is not fair game,” apparently oblivious to all the personal attacks the Trump family has had to endure.
“It is Vice President Biden’s and Hunter’s actions that put them in the middle of some of our investigation,” Johnson said. “We didn’t put them there, they put themselves there with the glaring conflict of interest.”
(Source: Fox News)
Johnson also fired back at criticism in a lengthy letter issued this week.
“The very transparent goal of their own disinformation campaign and feigned concern is to attack our character in order to marginalize the eventual findings of our investigation,” Johnson wrote. “They are running the same play, out the same playbook they have been using for the last three and a half years.”
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