Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, said the same in another radio interview this week that the evidence his committee discovered was “outrageous” that “it would return. has eliminated Biden from the president. “
Biden’s campaign calls the comments clear evidence of what Democrats have so far stated: that Johnson’s investigation of corruption allegations against the intelligence community and foreign efforts Biden’s assignments in Ukraine are fragile cover-up attempts to weaponize the Senate’s powerful Homeland Security and Government to damage the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party.
Biden spokesperson Andrew Bates said: “This damning acknowledgment absolutely shows that Ron Johnson̵7;s shameful behavior is the definition of evil. “It was too long for him to end this shameful and deeply immoral game once and for all – as some of his Senate Republican colleagues long wanted.”
As Election Day approached, Johnson found himself surrounded by the left and right, distrusted by some intelligence officials, and faced with allegations that his committee was partially based on the information. obtained from a Ukrainian lawmaker that the US intelligence community now considers as an instrument of a Russian Electoral Intervention Effort. (Johnson says he hasn’t received anything from the legislator, Andrii Derkach). Johnson, who claims he is being targeted by Democrats and the press, also hinted in a radio interview on Tuesday that he has some friction with the Upper Majority Leader. institute Mitch McConnell, whom he said had “ignored” him at one point in his investigation.
When asked about Johnson’s comments, McConnell’s aides said it was up to Johnson to explain. A source close to Johnson said McConnell’s decision to ask the Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election – combined with the lengthy investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller – “makes it very difficult to obtain documents and information.” The source noted that McConnell had voiced general support for the subpoena targeting former Obama administration officials.
In short, Johnson increasingly found himself on an island while presiding over a political investigation less than 100 days before the election. The lines in his investigation are a bit blurred, overlapping with a similar investigation into Senate Judiciary Committee President Lindsey Graham’s allegations of abuse, even as Johnson vows to increase strengthened it and released a full report of its findings in September.
Johnson’s investigation looks at allegations of corruption in the US intelligence community during the transition of power from the Obama administration to President Donald Trump, as well as claims of abuse by community officials. The newspaper comes from the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, known as Hurricane Crossfire.
Johnson emphasized that the overlap of his investigation with Graham was another reason why he didn’t pursue certain lines of investigation. Graham is pursuing the FBI abuse allegations in the investigation of the Trump campaign’s 2016 contacts with Russia. That overlap became particularly apparent this week: Johnson subpoenaed the FBI on Monday, ordered all records related to Hurricane Crossfire and accused Director Chris Wray of interfering with his investigation.
However, on Thursday, Graham released a statement emphasizing that Wray “is committed to helping – in the appropriate way – by balancing the bureau’s staff’s privacy needs with public transparency for interests of the American people. ” Graham did not mention Johnson’s subpoena and noted that Wray has vowed to share the information with his committee.
Trump has repeatedly encouraged investigations into former President Barack Obama, claiming there is no evidence that Obama has committed serious crimes against Trump’s upcoming administration. Trump called the alleged scandal “Obamagate” but gave no details to support the allegations that Obama committed any wrongdoing.
Johnson is also chasing widely discredited allegations that Biden designed the removal of a Ukrainian prosecutor to protect Mr. Hunter’s son from a corruption investigation. At the time, Hunter was serving on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, a conflict that some Obama-era officials said appeared to appear to be a conflict of interest even though they see no evidence of misconduct.
A series of State Department officials told Congress during Trump impeachment that Ukraine’s top prosecutor at the time, Viktor Shokin, was a hindrance to anti-corruption efforts and Biden’s push. getting rid of him is part of the efforts of the US government and the international community to root. the bad guys in Ukraine. Witnesses said that Shokin’s expulsion made it more likely – not least – that Burisma would face a serious investigation.
The latest signs of anger pent up to the right that Johnson’s investigation has not gone far enough came in a controversial radio interview on Wednesday with the often conservative host friendly Hugh Hewitt, who told Johnson he “failed” in his investigation by refusing to subpoena key Obama-era figures such as FBI Director James Comey and CIA Director John Brennan. In the sometimes hot-tempered 10-minute talk, Johnson argued that his pace was met with resistance from many Republicans on his committee, whom he said could stop him. I issue a subpoena.
But Johnson’s office later admitted this was not the case – the committee’s Republicans voted to empower Johnson to subpoena Brennan, Comey and others during a business meeting on June. Instead, aides said Johnson chose not to issue a subpoena because he wanted to do his best to obtain documents and seek voluntary cooperation from witnesses.
Wisconsin Republican aides declined to discuss the status of those talks, but a source familiar with the investigation said that Brennan had not been contacted by the committee about the prospect of the voluntary testimony. . However, a source close to Johnson said the panel was in talks with “more than a dozen witnesses” regarding the Ukraine investigation and that interviews were being scheduled.
“The committee is going through the process of developing an organized additional interview document and schedule,” the source said.
Johnson has faced opposition from his own party. Utah Sen. Mitt Romney has criticized the investigation as apparently politically open, though he later agreed to and approved Johnson’s subpoena authority, saying he was assured that the proceedings were made. Witness interviews will be conducted behind closed doors to avoid a political scene.
Earlier this week, Johnson targeted his critics with an 11-page letter accusing anonymous Democrats and the media of trying to debunk his investigation with allegations of media coverage. Russian false information, at the same time being charged with disseminating such information.
“The very transparent goal of their own disinformation campaign and fake concern is to attack our character to eliminate the final findings of our investigation,” Johnson wrote. “They’re running the same play, the same play they’ve been using for the past three and a half years.”
When asked about the attacks on his probe in a radio interview on Tuesday with a conservative Wisconsin presenter, Johnson made it clearer: “There is an attempt to be made. coordinate to destroy me. “