ICYMI: Ron Johnson says whistleblower "exposed things that didn't need to be exposed"

Nov 18, 2019

For Immediate Release
November 18, 2019
Contact: Courtney Beyer, courtney@wisdems.org

ICYMI: Ron Johnson says whistleblower “exposed things that didn’t need to be exposed”

MADISON — Sen. Ron Johnson, who’s no stranger to humiliating himself on national television to defend President Trump, complained on Meet the Press yesterday that the whistleblower who drew attention to Trump’s alleged bribery of the Ukrainian government “exposed things that didn’t need to be exposed.” 

Excerpt from interview: “The weakening of executive privilege is not good, and by the way, those individuals that leaked this, you know, if their interest was a stronger relationship with Ukraine, they didn’t accomplish this. Having this all come out into public, has weakened that relationship, has exposed things that didn’t need to be exposed…This would have been far better off had we taken care of it behind the scenes.”

Perhaps that’s because Johnson himself has become embroiled in Trump’s wrongdoings — Johnson admitted last month that he had been told by an American diplomat in August, before the whistleblower complaint went public, that military assistance for Ukraine was contingent on a public investigation of Trump’s political rivals. In addition, Johnson met with a former Ukrainian diplomat in July to discuss debunked conspiracy theories dating back to the 2016 election that Trump and his allies have unsuccessfully tried to use to divert attention away from Trump’s wrongdoings. 

Ron Johnson has agreed to give his recounting of events in a statement, but has not committed to testifying publicly.

“The American people deserve to know — why is Ron Johnson so adamant that details of the Ukraine scandal remain hidden from the public?” asked Democratic Party of Wisconsin chair Ben Wikler. “Every day the evidence continues to shed light on Trump’s gross misconduct. If Johnson truly believes President Trump did nothing wrong, why does he continue to rail against Democrats’ efforts to find the truth?”

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