Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), has important firsthand information of events involving President Trump before the impeachment inquiry began. It is not hearsay, but real evidence of the president’s innocence. Johnson indicated his role in the impeachment inquiry was about to become more prominent.
Johnson made an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and gave a warning about weakening executive privilege. It will be “very difficult for future presidents to have a candid conversation with a world leader,” said Johnson to host Chuck Todd.
Speaking about the phone conversation the president had with the Ukrainian president, Johnson said President Trump was within his rights asking Ukraine about corruption, as he “wanted to find out what was happening in 2016 and how the false narrative about Russian collusion with his campaign occurred.”
Johnson told Todd that the Democrats plan from day one after the president’s election—was to remove him.
“I’m sympathetic with President Trump as he has been tormented from the day after his election,” Johnson said. “A quick little quote from the lawyer of the whistleblower, this is 10 days after his inauguration: ‘Coup has started. First of many steps, rebellion, impeachment will follow ultimately.'”
“If this whistleblower is to be lionized by The Washington Post, maybe we ought to take a look at who he hired,” he added. “He could have hired an unbiased officer of the court. Instead, he hired Mark Zaid … that’s not an unbiased officer of the court. There’s something going on here … it’s dividing this country.”
Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who are leading the Republican effort in the Democrat-led impeachment investigation, asked Johnson in a letter, to provide any firsthand information he had regarding the interactions between President Trump and President Zelenskiy over aid to Ukraine. Johnson had been involved in various discussions regarding military aid.
“According to information obtained during the Democrats’ ‘impeachment inquiry’ and news reports, you have firsthand information about facts at issue in this inquiry,” they wrote in the letter, according to The Hill.
Johnson has firmly stated in a letter of reply to Nunes and Jordan that the president strongly rejected any idea of tying aid to Ukraine to an investigation into corruption by the Bidens.
As reported by The BL, in one conversation with President Trump, Johnson recalled Trump rejected the very idea of tying aid to investigations, “I asked him about whether there was some kind of arrangement where Ukraine would take some action, and the hold would be lifted. Without hesitation, President Trump immediately denied such an arrangement existed. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, I quoted the president as saying, “(Expletive deleted)—No way. I would never do that. Who told you that?” I have accurately characterized his reaction as adamant, vehement, and angry—there was more than one expletive that I have deleted.”
Johnson also noted, there was no mention by the president of former Vice President Joe Biden or Burisma—the company where Biden’s son Hunter was a well-paid member of the board.