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    Savannah Rychcik March 1, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) is defending raising claims that “provocateurs” and “fake Trump protesters” planned the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. During an interview with The New York Times, Johnson was asked about a piece from The Federalist he read from during a recent Senate hearing focused on the days leading up to the riots. “I think it’s important, if we’re going to really get the whole truth, to understand exactly what happened, we need to look at different vantage points, different perspectives,” Johnson said. He argued the author of the piece, J Michael Waller, looked like “he had a pretty good background.” “So he seemed to be a knowledgeable observer,” Johnson said. He called Waller’s piece “kind of an unblemished accounting.” Johnson continued, “I’m not saying you accept everything. You don’t necessarily accept his conclusions....
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) defended himself in a new interview against extensive questions over whether he  spread conspiracy theories about the Capitol attack. The New York Times conducted an interview with Johnson that focused on his remarks during Senate hearings on the security failures during the January riot. Johnson was specifically asked about how he promoted a Federalist article from J Michael Waller, who claimed the insurrection was actually incited by provocateurs and “fake Trump supporters.” Johnson defended his citation of Waller’s “unblemished accounting” of the riot, saying “it just looks like he had a pretty good background” and “he seemed to be a knowledgeable observer” of what took place. “I’m not saying you accept everything,” he said. “You don’t necessarily accept his conclusions. I think you kind of have to take at face value what he said he saw.” The interview went on with Johnson being further interrogated...
    During her weekly news briefing on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mistakenly referred to Sen. Ron Johnson as "Don Johnson", an actor best known for his role as James "Sonny" Crockett in the 1980s television series Miami Vice.  GOP CONGRESSMAN APPEALS PELOSI-ORDERED FINE AFTER BYPASSING HOUSE FLOOR METAL DETECTORS Pelosi was slamming the Wisconsin Republican and staunch supporter of former president Trump for "taking the lead" in the GOP's response to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, when she was told by reporters she made the mixup.  "Don Johnson, was his first name Don? What is it Ron?," she asked reporters, to which they replied, "No." Pelosi proceeded to chuckle while correcting herself.  "Senator, let me call him. Not ‘Miami Vice’ or anything like that.​ Don Johnson​"​ Pelosi said. "Ron Johnson seems to be taking the lead on what the scope would be of how we look at protecting our country from domestic terrorism."...
    More On: nancy pelosi NY Dem ‘not comfortable’ with ’embarrassing’ pork in $1.9T Biden bill Pelosi’s ‘9/11-style panel’ for Capitol riot is just a bid to sell her pet conspiracy theories Letters to the Editor — Feb. 21, 2021 Pelosi predicts vote on Biden $1.9T rescue plan next week ​Miami is a long way from Wisconsin but that didn’t stop House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from referring to the state’s senior senator, Ron Johnson, as actor Don Johnson.  ​​The Democrat from California at her weekly news briefing Thursday slammed Johnson, a Republican, as “taking the lead” in the GOP’s response to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. ​ “Don Johnso​n — ​was his first name Don?​ W​hat is it Ron? ​Pelosi ​told reporters. Told of the mixup between the staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump and the pastel wearing star of the 1980s series “Miami Vice,” Pelosi corrected herself as she...
    CNN’s Jim Sciutto issued an extensive fact-check on Thursday, debunking claims Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) made to the Senate on Tuesday regarding the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Scuitto first played a clip showing Johnson reading a report by  J Michael Waller, which blames the insurrection on “agent provocateurs” and people who “obviously didn’t fit in” with the “jovial” Donald Trump supporters. “I think these are the people that probably planned this,” Johnson also said. Sciutto told his viewers that Johnson’s claims included three lies. He first went after Johnson’s claim that only a few rioters spoiled an “otherwise jovial event,” explaining that federal prosecutors have charged more than 255 people with crimes during the attack. Sciutto noted that the crimes included, “threatening to harm lawmakers, entering a restricted building, and assaulting police officers,” before playing a clip showing a Capitol Police Officer under attack. “Two,” Sciutto said, moving on to the next lie. “Johnson...
    Madison Summers February 25, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is being referred to as “Don Johnson” by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Pelosi said to reporters at her press briefing Thursday, “Don Johnson… was his first name, Don?” “Let me call him ‘Senator’… not ‘Miami Vice’ or anything like that?” she added with laughter after a reporter told her it is “Ron.” The House speaker then said, “Ron Johnson seems to be taking the lead on what the scope would be of how we look at protecting our country from domestic terrorism.” It is unclear if Pelosi intentionally meant to call Johnson by “Don” or if it was an accident. Watch the video below: House Speaker Pelosi accidentally calls Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) “Don Johnson” of Miami Vice.Pelosi says Johnson “seems to be taking the lead” on Republican response to January 6 insurrection. pic.twitter.com/c7YDtdonDV— The Recount...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House House Republican attempts to appeal fine for bypassing metal detector outside chamber MORE (D-Calif.) referred to Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGrassley says he'll decide this fall whether to run in 2022 Top cops deflect blame over Capitol attack NRSC chair Scott calls for party unity: 'The Republican Civil War is now cancelled' MORE (R-Wis.) as “Don Johnson” in a press briefing Thursday while saying the Wisconsin senator appeared to be “taking the lead” on the GOP response to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. “Don Johnson… was his first name Don?” Pelosi said to reporters Thursday. After being corrected, Pelosi jokingly responded “Let me call him ‘Senator’… not ‘Miami Vice’ or anything like that.” House Speaker Pelosi accidentally calls Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) “Don Johnson”...
    Chuck Todd has come under heavy criticism in recent weeks for hosting Republicans on Meet the Press who pushed the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. Now, he’s drawing heat from one of his own colleagues. Wednesday night on MSNBC’s The 11th Hour, Brian Williams took a shot at his colleague for platforming Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) — one of the most prominent purveyors of false claims about the 2020 election. Setting up a clip of the Wisconsin senator at a hearing bizarrely claiming “fake Trump protesters” were prominent among the Capitol rioters on Jan. 6, Williams referred to Johnson as “the rare conspiracy theorist who is a regular on Meet the Press.” After the clip, Williams added, “We paid extra to have those translated from the original Russian.” Todd has indeed hosted Johnson several times in recent months, as well as other...
    (CNN)It's tempting to laugh at ridiculous conspiracy theories. In fact, we should laugh at them, but we must also take them seriously when they move from the fringes into the mainstream and then, most disturbingly, into the halls of power.It would be OK, for example, to guffaw at Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, after he sat in the Senate on Tuesday, during the first hearing investigating the January coup attempt by followers of then-President Donald Trump, and offered an alternative reality about what occurred. The notion was so far from the plain truth that it would earn the senator a place in the political fantasists hall of fame.Frida GhitisJohnsons suggested, quoting from a discredited article in the Federalist, that the violent insurrection that left several dead and dozens injured, was just a "jovial," "festive" event that was manipulated by enemies of the former president. That is instead of what it was,...
    Loading the player... Sen. Ron Johnson is catching criticism for trying to distance Donald Trump from the Capitol mob. On Tuesday, Johnson claimed, “agent provocateurs” and “fake Trump protesters” were responsible for the deadly uprising in Washington, DC on Jan 6. Once Twitter users saw the clip of Johnson’s false claims, they immediately took to the platform along with lawmakers causing his name to trend, per The Washington Post. WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 23: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Read More: Fulton County DA faces backlash for Trump investigation Despite over 200 individuals being federally charged and many of them self-identifying as Trump supporters, the Wisconsin senator said the majority of individuals at the event possed a “jovial, friendly, and earnest demeanor.” He added the attackers were actually “plainclothes militants, agent provocateurs, fake Trump protesters, and disciplined uniformed column...
    Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer lambasted Sen. Ron Johnson Wednesday after the Wisconsin Republican read a statement at a hearing on Capitol security that suggested 'agents provocateur' kick-started the MAGA riot.  Schumer's statement – which accused the Trump loyalist with spreading 'mindless garbage' without naming him – came as an eyewitness to the events at the Capitol told DailyMail.com he did not mean to suggest the riot was a 'false flag' operation carried out by left-wing agitators, as some Trump loyalists have suggested. The witness, J. Michael Waller, stood by his statement that Johnson, who has previously denied that the Capitol riot was an armed insurrection, read into the record at the hearing, which also uncovered intelligence failures leading up to the riot. 'Blaming the January 6th attack on 'provocateurs' and 'fake Trump protestors' is mindless garbage,' said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer Wednesday, after he called out Sen....
    February 24, 2021 3:14 PM | 15 minutes 15 minutes. This Wednesday Republican Senator from Wisconsin, Ron Johnson was a trend after he blamed false supporters of Donald Trump for the assault on the Capitol. At a hearing on the siege, Johnson backed the assertion of J. Michael Walker, a right-winger who was on the expert panel. Walker’s theory highlights that a group of false Trump followers were the ones who provoked the police. Then, he adds, the reaction of the officers unleashed the ire of the rest of the protesters. Senator Johnson, like Walker, consider that the mood of the protesters was “festive.” Happy families “Of the thousands of people I met or who crossed me on Constitution Avenue, some were outraged and despised Congress, but none seemed angry or incited to revolt. Many of the protesters were families with young children. Many were elderly, overweight, or simply tired...
    Joy Behar backpedaled Wednesday after calling for Fox News host Tucker Carlson to be “tied up and put in a corner somewhere,” insisting that she did not advocate violence of any kind. Behar, who joined her “The View” cohost Sunny Hostin in mocking Carlson, suggested that he needed to be sent somewhere “so we never hear from him again.” (RELATED: ‘Get The Straitjacket Ready’: Joy Behar Says Marjorie Taylor Greene Is ‘Lethal’ For Republicans And ‘Democrats Will Be In Charge Forever’) WATCH: “You have Tucker Carlson on television last night saying that there was no evidence of white supremacists at the riot. Well, the evidence was clear at the riot, at the insurrection,” Hostin said, mentioning Confederate flags and a black police officer who had been subjected to racial slurs. “I was disgusted by what Tucker Carlson said. How dare he say there was no evidence of white...
    CNN political analyst John Avlon criticized Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, saying on Wednesday’s “New Day” that he had used the Capitol riot hearing to promote “conspiracy theories.” Avlon spoke with anchors John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, accusing Johnson of “dereliction of duty” and suggesting that he had passed up the chance to ask substantive questions about what happened during the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. (RELATED: ‘They Are Making People Paranoid And Crazy’: Tucker Carlson Says The Democratic Party Could Drive People To Violent Extremism) WATCH: Berman began the segment by mocking Johnson and referring to Tuesday’s hearing as “a finger-pointing mess.” “I mean, if only the people who stormed the Capitol had some kind of insignia that let people know who they were,” Berman said. “Or maybe like a Confederate flag or something to suggest where their sympathies lie or t-shirts that promoted Holocaust stuff....
    CNN’s John Avlon tore into Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for advancing “pathetic,” false claims about storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. Avlon joined his New Day colleagues on Wednesday to discuss the hearing that the Senate Homeland Security and Rules committees held to address the security failures behind the Jan. 6 insurrection. During the proceeding, Johnson blamed the invasion on “fake Trump protestors” who “probably planned this,” despite the repeated debunking of claims that it was sparked by outside provocateurs. Referencing Johnson’s comments, New Day anchor John Berman turned to Avlon and sarcastically remarked, “if only the people who stormed the Capitol had some kind of insignia that let people know who they were or who they supported.” “Why is this man so desperate to rewrite the history here?” Berman asked. “Ron Johnson seems to reach for conspiracy theories now when he’s confronted with...
    RealClearPolitics columnist A.B. Stoddard singled out Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) as the unsurpassed purveyor of lies and misinformation about the Capitol insurrection during a Senate hearing about the breakdown in security on January 6th. Appearing on MSNBC’s The 11th Hour, the frequent Trump critic lashed out at Johnson for repeatedly pushing misinformation and baseless claims in that day’s Congressional hearing, where he blamed “fake Trump protestors” who “probably planned this.” “I think [Sen. Josh] Hawley and [Sen. Ted] Cruz, I don’t think they could hold a candle today to Ron Johnson, whose new nickname, we have to credit Charlie Sykes, is RonAnon,” Stoddard joked, mashing up the Wisconsin Republican’s last name with the deranged QAnon group. “Because he is so intentionally heading straight into a tunnel of delusional conspiracy lies.” “He is a smart man. He knows better,” she continued. “He knows the voters don’t care, and it really is all about fighting the Democrats and fighting reality and putting up a big...
    Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson read en eyewitness account into the record at Tuesday's hearing on Capitol riot security that alleges without specific evidence that it was 'agents provocateur' who turned 'unsuspecting marchers into an invading mob' during on January 6th.  Johnson, a Republican Donald Trump loyalist who probed Hunter Biden when he was a committee chairman but who also voted to count electoral votes in states like his own that went for Joe Biden, introduced the conspiracy theory at a Senate hearing Tuesday. He spoke after former Capitol Police chief Steven Sund described his officers being overrun by a MAGA mob armed with flags, poles, and bear spray.  Johnson read from a piece by J. Michael Waller, an analyst for the Center for Security Policy who produced his own eyewitness account of the event.  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) floated a conspiracy theory by reading from a witness to the...
    Go ahead and hold that hand higher, We all know. It’s not unusual for any Senate hearing, no matter what the topic, to include some questions that attempt to get the witnesses to agree on political points. After all … Senate. But it is pretty unusual for a Senator to use the questioning of witnesses by a rare joint committee of the Senate an opportunity to go completely off the rails by pushing a conspiracy theory authored by an anti-Muslim hate group as a means of pushing the idea that the entire assault on the U.S. Capitol was a “false flag” operation. On Tuesday, as the Senate’s investigation into the events of the January 6 insurrection got underway, the irony of Sen. Cancun Cruz and Sen. Heil Hawley getting their chance to question law enforcement officials—rather than being across the table from them in small, brightly lit rooms—was sad. Cruz, sporting a...
    Savannah Rychcik February 23, 2021 0 Comments  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) spent time during a Senate hearing focused on the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, raising concerns about alleged claims “provocateurs” and “fake Trump protesters” planned the insurrection. Johnson read from a piece published in The Federalist by J. Michael Waller, a senior analyst for strategy at the Center for Security Policy, recounting his experience witnessing the violence. “Of the thousands of people I passed or who passed me along Constitution Avenue, some were indignant and contemptuous of Congress, but not one appeared angry or incited to riot,” Johnson said as he read the article. He continued, “Many of the marchers were families with small children; many were elderly, overweight, or just plain tired or frail—traits not typically attributed to the riot-prone.” Waller claimed he saw some wearing “pro-police shirts” or carrying “pro-police back and blue’ flags.”...
    Sen. Ron Johnson shared an article that criticized law enforcement's response to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol and laid blame for that harrowing event on "fake Trump protesters" during a hearing Tuesday on the attack. The Wisconsin Republican, who critics said was spreading a wild conspiracy theory about the siege, opened his time for questions by calling the violence "repugnant" and adding that he had a "long list of questions, which this format doesn't lend itself to asking." The senator then shared several excerpts of an article written by J. Michael Waller, a senior analyst for the Center for Security Policy, a far-right organization that critics say espouses an anti-Muslim sentiment, and republished by the Federalist. The article, titled "I Saw Provocateurs At The Capitol Riot On Jan. 6," claims the riot had the "markings of an organized operation planned well in advance of the Jan. 6 joint session...
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) read a report blaming “agent provocateurs” and people who “obviously didn’t fit in” for the attack on the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 — concluding that they “probably planned this.” The senator read experts from a report by J Michael Waller, a senior analyst for strategy at the Center of Security Policy, entitled I Saw Provocateurs At The Capitol Riot On Jan. 6 and published by The Federalist.  “At about 11:30, I walked from near Union Station … and noticed a small number of Capitol Police dressed in full riot gear, with shin guards and shoulder guards,” he read, adding that he then saw a “positive and festive” crowd leaving Trump’s “Save America” to walk down Constitution Avenue. Johnson went on to read that Waller had noticed four types of people that “stood out” in the MAGA crowd, adding that they “obviously didn’t fit in” with the...
    A GOP senator used his questioning period during a joint Senate hearing Tuesday focused on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol to read from an unverified eyewitness account published by The Federalist raising unproven claims about "provocateurs" and people pretending to be supporters of former President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: U.S. political divide over masks led to half a million COVID-19 deaths Georgia bishop says state GOP's elections bill is an 'attempt to suppress the Black vote' Trump closer to legal jeopardy after court ruling on tax returns MORE participating in the riot. Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGraham, Trump huddle to talk GOP's 2022 strategy Officers set for grilling over mob attack Journalism has been 'Jerry Springerized' MORE (R-Wis.) asked only one question during the joint hearing hosted by the Senate Rules Committee and Senate Homeland Security Committee regarding the events of the Jan. 6 riot during his allotted time period...
    Bradley Cortright February 21, 2021 0 Comments The Senate is preparing to hold a hearing to investigate how law enforcement officials were apparently caught off guard by the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and were not better prepared. However, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) notes that while there are reports that an FBI office was aware of the potential for violence, he believes that the riot was not predictable. During an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Johnson said, “There was really no suspected harmful activity.” “People really were caught by surprise. This was not predictable. This was not foreseeable as the House managers continue to talk about. I just don’t believe it was,” he added. During the Senate’s impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, the Democratic House impeachment managers claimed that the violence was foreseeable.  As The New York Times reported, “The footage and the detailed chronology were intended...
    MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski suggested on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump “had something” on Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ron Johnson (R-WI). She made the comment in reference to Republicans, including Trump, blaming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) refusal to support $2,000 stimulus checks for Trump’s loss. Trump said in a statement on Tuesday that that decision became “Democrats’ principal advertisement.” “He blamed the loss in Georgia, which he was completely responsible for, he blamed it on Mitch McConnell refusing to send out $2,000 Covid checks, and instead supporting $600 Covid checks,” Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough noted. “So, he actually — he’s taking the Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, AOC, Bernie Sanders’ position on that issue as well — Donald Trump is. It’s very interesting. I guess Ron Johnson and Lindsey Graham are with AOC and Bernie now.” “Yeah, or Trump has something on them,” Brzezinski replied. Graham and Johnson...
    Alex Lasry, a chief executive of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team, announced on Wednesday that he is running for Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonRepublicans gamble with history Ron Johnson says Capitol attack 'didn't seem like an armed insurrection' Three years later, father of Parkland shooting victim calls for meaningful school safety reform MORE's (R-Wis.) Senate seat in the 2022 midterms, joining a growing field to take on the incumbent senator.  "We need a new way of thinking and a new perspective," Lasry said in his announcement on YouTube. "We've lived through three systemic shots to the system over the last 20 years: 9/11, the Great Recession, and now this pandemic."  "And we still haven't fixed things," he continued.  Lasry highlighted a number of policy areas through the over 4-minute long announcement video including infrastructure, the economy, and social justice.  Lasry, a Democrat, is the senior vice president of the...
    (CNN) — De vez en cuando, un miembro del Congreso dice algo que no se puede creer. Estos días, la mayoría de las veces esa persona es el senador republicano de Wisconsin Ron Johnson. Esto fue lo que dijo Johnson durante el fin de semana al hablar sobre los disturbios del 6 de enero en el Capitolio: «Esto no me pareció una insurrección armada. Cuando escuchas la palabra ‘armada’, ¿no piensas en armas de fuego? Estas son las preguntas me hubiera gustado hacer: ¿Cuántas armas de fuego se confiscaron? ¿Cuántos disparos se hicieron?». Bueno, hasta el lunes por la mañana, más de 221 personas habían sido arrestadas como resultado de los disturbios en el Capitolio, según los reportes de CNN. (Estos son algunos de los más destacados). Cinco personas murieron en los disturbios. Y aunque la policía sobrecargada no estaba en posición de confiscar pistolas y otras armas que llevaron...
    Bradley Cortright February 16, 2021 0 Comments Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says former President Donald Trump is “practically and morally responsible” for the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. In remarks after he voted to acquit Trump on the charge of “incitement of insurrection,” McConnell said, “There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.” However, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) is arguing that McConnell’s comments do not represent the views of the whole Senate Republican conference.  During an interview on The Ross Kaminsky Show on Tuesday, Johnson said, “From my standpoint, Leader McConnell speaks for himself.” “In this case, I don’t believe he speaks for the conference, and I think he needs to be a little careful,” he continued. He added, “You know when I speak, I do actually try and take in mind how it might reflect on the...
    Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson declined to endorse Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s harsh criticism of former President Donald Trump, instead saying that his earlier remarks were out of step with his own caucus. McConnell was one of 43 Republican senators who voted to acquit Trump on a charge of inciting the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. But following his vote, he criticized the former president and said Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the deadly riot and that he only voted to acquit because the Constitution does not allow for a private citizen to be convicted. “From my standpoint, Leader McConnell speaks for himself,” Johnson said Tuesday on The Ross Kaminsky Show. “In this case, I don’t believe he speaks for the conference, and I think he needs to be a little careful.” “You know when I speak, I do actually try and take in mind how it might...
    CNN’s Don Lemon went after Senator Ron Johnson (R- WI) Tuesday for his new comments about the violent storming of the Capitol on January 6th. In a radio interview Monday, Johnson remarked, “This didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me. When you hear of armed, don’t you think of firearms?… If that was a planned armed insurrection, you really have a bunch of idiots.” Brianna Keilar played the clip of Johnson’s “bizarre” take and called out the senator before asking about Johnson “defending this as not a big deal.” Lemon responded, “The hoops that people will jump through for, first of all, their political ideology, second of all their way of life, and to continue white supremacy, that’s what that is.” He said there’s no question the situation would’ve been much worse if it was mostly Black men who stormed the Capitol. Lemon agreed with Johnson calling them “idiots,”...
    MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday reacted to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) questioning if the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 was a planned armed insurrection. The senator argued it did not “seem” like an armed insurrection due to the lack of firearms. Scarborough said the mob could have killed Johnson or any other member of Congress during the storming of the Capitol. He then accused Johnson of “lying,” adding he is “not worthy to be a United States Senator.” “Is that where they end up after this is all over —  pretending this did not happen when we have the video?” Scarborough asked. “We heard the chants. we saw the nooses. We heard the terrorists scream, ‘Hang Mike Pence! Hang Mike Pence!'” he added. “We saw them destroying the Capitol and defacing it in every way. We’ve seen the three cops, the three law enforcement...
    MSNBC host Joe Scarborough claimed Tuesday that Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is “not worthy to be a United States Senator” and that he “is lying to the people of Wisconsin” and America about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. On the broadcast of his show “Morning Joe,” Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski played two clips of Johnson in radio interviews discussing the attack on the Capitol and downplaying its severity, calling it “the most pitiful armed insurrection.” (RELATED: ‘You Let Them Crackers Storm Your Capitol’: MSNBC’s Ari Melber Invokes Rapper Jay-Z To Condemn Capitol Rioters) “Just to remind people, police recovered a dozen guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition from seven people who were arrested over their involvement in the riot at the Capitol that left at least five people dead. Senator Johnson should read his own state’s paper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,” Brzezinski said after playing...
    GOP Sen. Ron Johnson appeared to downplay the deadly Capitol riot days after he voted to acquit former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial. The Wisconsin senator claimed the events on Jan. 6 “didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me.” In early January, a large group of Trump supporters came to Washington, D.C., for a rally supporting Trump. Following the rally, thousands descended upon the Capitol to voice their discontent with the certification of the election for President Biden, which occurred the same day. Johnson made the comment during an interview with WISN-AM with talk radio show host Jay Weber. "I mean 'armed,' when you hear 'armed,' don’t you think of firearms? Here’s the questions I would have liked to ask,” he said. “How many firearms were confiscated? How many shots were fired? I’m only aware of one, and I’ll defend that law enforcement...
    It is fair to say that Joe Scarborough is not impressed with  Ron Johnson. The Morning Joe host had in the past derided the Wisconsin Senator, comparing him to the Brick Tamlund, the dimwitted weatherman played by Steve Carrell in Anchor Man, but on Tuesday morning, Scarborough took his criticism up a few notches. At issue is a recent radio interview in which Johnson defended his vote to acquit former President Donald Trump during his second impeachment vote for alleged inciting of the Capitol insurrection that was led by his supporters on January 6th. Appearing on Milwaukee radio station WISN condemned the attack but said he does not view it as an armed insurrection. “The fact of the matter is, this didn’t seem like an armed insurrection, to me,” Johnson said. “When you hear of armed, don’t you think of firearms? Here’s the question I would’ve liked to ask, How many firearms were...
    Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonThree years later, father of Parkland shooting victim calls for meaningful school safety reform Senate GOP ready to turn page on Trump Johnson confronts Romney after vote on witnesses MORE (R-Wis.) in a new interview said he didn't think the Jan. 6 Capitol riot seemed like "an armed insurrection" and praised former President TrumpDonald TrumpSix people who guarded Roger Stone entered Capitol during attack: NYT Cassidy pens column explaining vote to convict Trump Puerto Rico governor: Congress 'morally obligated' to act on statehood vote MORE's Senate impeachment trial attorneys following his acquittal.  Johnson made the comments to 1130 WISN radio talk show host Jay Weber on Monday following his vote Saturday to acquit Trump. The comments he made in the episode were first reported by the Wisconsin State Journal. “This will get me in trouble, but I don’t care,” Johnson said. He argued that “groups of agitators” are to blame for...
    Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) said on WISN’s “The Jay Weber Show” that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) speech saying former President Donald Trump was responsible for the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol dose not reflect the majority of Republican lawmakers. The Johnson interview starts at the 53:00 timestamp. Johnson said, “You got Leader McConnell voting not guilty, not to convict but then just providing a scathing speech on the floor of the Senate that does not reflect, I think, the majority of our conference. I haven’t done a whip check to find out what exactly how everybody thinks but you kinda put two and two together by their votes. So you’ve got our leader out there really representing himself and that is his right to do. But at the same time, he has to realize as our leader, what he says reflects on us. I didn’t particularly like...
    A prominent senator is downplaying the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol — objecting to the media’s characterization of the riots as an “armed insurrection.” Appearing on Milwaukee radio station WISN, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) condemned the attack, but said he does not view it as an armed insurrection. “The fact of the matter is, this didn’t seem like an armed insurrection, to me,” Johnson said. “When you hear of armed, don’t you think of firearms? Here’s the question I would’ve liked to ask [at former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial]. How many firearms were confiscated? I’m only aware of one.” Johnson added, “If that was a planned armed insurrection, you really have a bunch of idiots.” Federal prosecutors indicate that the rioters brought a host of guns and explosives to the Capitol on Jan. 6. Five people died in the attack and and according to the Capitol police...
    Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) bashed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for saying Donald Trump was responsible for the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building. This comes despite McConnell’s vote to acquit the former president on procedural grounds as he faced impeachment for incitement of insurrection. On Monday, Johnson spoke to conservative radio host Jay Weber, and he railed against Trump’s impeachment while claiming that the ex-president’s lawyer’s “eviscerated” the legal argument against him. He also shrugged off his 7 Republican colleagues who “voted their conscience” and broke ranks with the GOP for the final verdict of 57 guilty votes to 43 non-guilty votes. At one point in the conversation, Johnson praised Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for blasting the impeachment on Fox News Sunday, then he turned to the “scathing” speech where McConnell pronounced Trump “practically and morally responsible” for the Capitol attack. Johnson took issue with the comments, saying...
    Frustration spilled out on the Senate floor Saturday morning as Sen. Ron Johnson got into a heated conversation with Sen. Mitt Romney, as the Utah senator voted to allow witnesses at former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Johnson, R-Wis., turned to Romney in the Senate chamber during the vote visibly upset and even pointed a finger at Romney. The two Republicans were exchanging words back and forth as fellow GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska acted as a buffer between them.   TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL CURVEBALL: SENATE WANTS TO HEAR FROM WITNESSES Johnson was overheard by a Fox News reporter in the Senate chamber telling Romney, "blame you." Their voices were raised.  Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., got into a dustup Saturday during a Senate impeachment vote on allowing witness testimony. (Reuters/FOX) Romney was one of five Republicans to join Democrats in a 55-45 vote to extend...
    Trump loyalist Sen. Ron Johnson shouted 'blame you' at Sen. Mitt Romney Saturday on the Senate floor and then called it 'grotesque' that reporters documented it.  Reporters in the Senate chamber observed that Johnson was visibly upset at Romney, even pointing at him, after Romney, along with four other GOP senators, agreed to allow witnesses to be called in former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.  Head impeachment manager, Rep. Jamie Raskin, made the surprise request Saturday morning after new details came out about a call between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, which seemed to indicate that the president refused to call off the MAGA mob on January 6.  Sen. Ron Johnson, a top Trump ally, went after Sen. Mitt Romney Saturday morning, after Romney voted in favor of having witnesses at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial  Sen. Mitt Romney, who had also voted in favor of...
    During this week’s broadcast of “Sunday Morning Futures” on Fox News Channel, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) sounded off on the barriers and continued heavy police presence at the U.S. Capitol a month after a group of former President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed and breached the Capitol. Johnson told host Maria Bartiromo that the heavy law enforcement presence is to “send a signal” to Trump supporters that they are “dangerous” and “insurrectionists.” “Obviously, leaders in Congress think walls and barriers work because they’ve surrounded the Capitol with them,” Johnson joked. “[I]t’s amazing,” he added. “A month has gone by, and we still don’t know [what happened]. And yet, we have these eight-foot-tall fences with concertina wire completely surrounding the Capitol. We’ve been told they are going oh to be put in place sill March at least. Listen, the Capitol is the people’s house. It shouldn’t be barricaded unless there [are] some...
    Senator Ron Johnson suggested on Sunday that the impeachment trial of Donald Trump is a diversion from the actions of Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 6th. Johnson made the comments to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo ahead of the start of Trump’s impeachment trial for inciting an insurrection. Trump repeatedly made false statements about the election outcome, including pushing the baseless claim it was stolen (even in his video during the riots), and those statements riled up many of his supporters leading up to January 6th. Johnson himself came under scrutiny for his own comments and a hearing he held about the 2020 election, and was called out by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel for “his role in spreading disinformation about the presidential election.” Johnson responded to them in an op-ed trying to defend the questions he raised, but they ran it with a point-by-point fact-check. Bartiromo asked the senator about a letter...
    Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson suggested Sunday that Washington, D.C. remains “barricaded” with tall fencing and barbed wire as a warning to Trump voters. “I think we ought to take that fencing down and return to as normal position as possible,” Johnson told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” WATCH: “I think the fencing is … remaining in place to send a signal, a narrative that 74 million Americans that voted for President Trump are dangerous to our democracy. They are all insurrectionists and that’s simply not the case.” (RELATED: Rep. Zeldin Says Democratic Election Plan Is To Call Republicans ‘White Supremacists, Extremist, Nazis’ Every Two Years) The senator noted that “the eight-foot tall fences with concertina wire completely surrounding the Capitol” and the National Guard presence will stay in the city at least until March. “Listen, the Capitol is the people’s house. It shouldn’t be barricaded unless there is...
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    Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., slammed YouTube's "dangerous" actions Thursday, after the platform censored a video of Dr. Pierre Kory testifying before the U.S. Senate about a widely available drug that early studies show may help treatment and prevention of Covid-19.  Johnson, who appeared for an interview on "Fox and Friends," wrote in the Wall Street Journal that Google’s YouTube "had ratcheted up censorship to a new level." SEN. JOHNSON: MAINSTREAM MEDIA BIAS 'AN ENORMOUS PROBLEM WE FACE IN THIS NATION' The senator went on to criticize US health agencies, claiming that they have failed to put money and research into exploring "repurposed, cheap, generic drugs," like the one in Dr. Kory's findings. Dr. Kory testified before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in December, citing the use of a widely available drug called ivermectin, as a potential early treatment and prevention of COVID-19.  The drug, which is widely available to treat tropical diseases caused by...
    YouTube has allegedly yanked two videos from Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s page featuring doctors discussing treatment for the coronavirus for “inappropriate content.” Johnson said that he had two videos of doctors testifying under oath at a Senate hearing on the early treatment of COVID but that the platform pulled the videos. “Social media censorship just ratcheted up to a new level. Google’s YouTube removed two videos of doctors testifying under oath at my US Senate hearing on early treatment of COVID,” the senator tweeted. “Another body blow to freedom of speech and expression. Very sad and scary. Where does this end?” Social media censorship just ratcheted up to a new level. Google’s YouTube removed two videos of doctors testifying under oath at my US Senate hearing on early treatment of COVID. Another body blow to freedom of speech and expression. Very sad and scary. Where does this end? pic.twitter.com/uBmLc1bxom...
    Google-owned YouTube took down several videos from the channel of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). The videos were from a Senate hearing on coronavirus treatments, featuring a doctor testifying about the use of the medicine Ivermectin in cases of the Chinese virus. In public comments, Sen. Johnson said YouTube’s decision to take down videos of the hearing was an attack on freedom of speech. “Google’s YouTube removed two videos of doctors testifying under oath at my US Senate hearing on early treatment of COVID,” reported the Senator on Twitter. “Another body blow to freedom of speech and expression. Very sad and scary. Where does this end?” Apparently, the “doctors” at Google know more about practicing medicine than heroic doctors who have the courage and compassion to actually treat COVID patients and save lives. — Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) January 28, 2021 “Apparently, the ‘doctors’ at Google know more about practicing medicine...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Former Red Sox first base coach and Pawtucket Red Sox manager Ron Johnson has died from complications from COVID-19, his family told the Virginian-Pilot on Tuesday. Johnson was 64. A former Major League first baseman, Johnson had a lengthy managerial career in the minors. He racked up a 1,752-1,770 career record over 24 seasons in the minors, serving as skipper of the Norfolk Tides (2012-18), the PawSox (2005-09), the Omaha Golden Spikes (1999) and the Omaha Royals (1998). He was the winningest manager in Tides history with 491 wins, earning Manager of the Year honors in 2015. Terrible news: Former Red Sox coach and PawSox manager Ron Johnson passed away this morning. Better known as RJ, he had been in the hospital with COVID. He was a terrific man, husband and father. — Joe McDonald (@JoeyMacHockey) January 26, 2021 Johnson joined the Red Sox organization in...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images Be careful what you wish for. Sen. Ron Johnson learned that lesson on Tuesday when the Milwaukee newspaper that granted his request to publish an op-ed rebuttal to its call for his resignation had his piece brutally debunked — with annotated footnotes. The 14-paragraph Milwauke Journal-Sentinel op-ed that went live online on Tuesday includes a long Editor’s Note preceding it and is chock full of 19 detailed footnotes explaining how his claims are misleading, untruthful and distort the Constitution. Editor’s note: After the Editorial Board called on Sen. Ron Johnson to either resign or be expelled from office for his role in spreading disinformation about the presidential election, the senator asked for space to respond. We are providing him that courtesy today. We also are taking the rare step of footnoting Johnson’s commentary to provide additional context so that readers have a fuller understanding of the senator’s actions. Johnson’s column was...
    The Wisconsin Democratic Party is placing a six-figure ad buy calling on Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonEfforts to secure elections likely to gain ground in Democrat-controlled Congress Colbert asks Republicans 'have you had enough?' in live show after Capitol violence Republican infighting on election intensifies MORE (R) to resign in the wake of last week’s breach of the Capitol.  “A violent mob attacks the Capitol, incited by power-hungry politicians like Ron Johnson,” a narrator says in the 30-second ad spot as footage of the riots flash across the screen before eventually proclaiming that Johnson is “unfit to serve.” The ad marks the Wisconsin Democratic Party’s first of the 2022 election cycle, when Johnson is slated to appear on the ballot. He has not yet said whether he will seek a third term in the Senate. A spokesperson for Johnson’s office did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Thursday, a day after the U.S. Capitol was stormed by supporters of President Donald Trump, that he has not made a decision yet on his political future as the vocal Trump backer faces two years in the minority, growing criticism from within his party and mounting calls for him to step aside. The Republican, who is midway through his second term, will be in the minority for the first time after Democrats won a pair of run-off elections in Georgia. News of the second Democratic win, sealing their majority, came as rioters were in the Capitol, disrupting confirmation of Democrat Joe Biden’s win. Johnson is weighing whether to seek a third term, run for governor or step down. His decision will have a cascading effect in Wisconsin as other Republicans wait to see what he does. Johnson, reached early by...
    Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., one of several GOP senators who will not vote to certify the 2020 presidential election results, told "Outnumbered Overtime" Tuesday that "legitimate concerns" about voter fraud can't be ignored. Johnson noted if Republicans hold the Senate following Tuesday's Georgia runoff elections, he will be chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. "I will guarantee that I'm going to dig into this," he said. "I'm going to investigate, and I'm going to find out what the truth is. And again, what we can explain, we'll explain, set that aside, but where there's problems, we really do need to fix them." More than 100 House Republicans and 13 GOP senators say they will object to the tabulation of the election results when Congress meets on Wednesday.  TRUMP PUTS PRESSURE ON PENCE AHEAD OF ELECTION SHOWDOWN IN CONGRESS Video"The main problem, from my standpoint, is you have so many people...
    JANE Johnson is the longtime wife of Republican lawmaker Ron Johnson. The Wisconsin senator is part of the controversial coalition of GOP senators vowing to reject the Electoral College. 3Ron Johnson and his wife JaneCredit: Twitter Who is Ron Johnson's wife? Jane Johnson has been married to the lawmaker since 1977. They wed after Ron Johnson graduated from the University of Minnesota. Ron and Jane would move to Oshkosh to start a business with Jane’s brother. Ron would be elected to the US Senate in 2010. "Ron came to Washington because the federal government is bankrupting America," his bio reads. "He thinks it is important for citizen legislators to ally with those who are seriously facing that reality. 3They have been married since 1977Credit: Ron Johnson For Congress "Ron’s manufacturing background has taught him to attack the root cause of a problem, not mere symptoms. "He believes huge...
    Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., called out NBC anchor Chuck Todd for ignoring the Hunter Biden controversy during the 2020 presidential election on Sunday's installment of "Meet the Press."  Over the weekend, Johnson became one of a dozen GOP senators who have joined the effort to challenge the 2020 presidential election results ahead of Wednesday's joint session of Congress meeting to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory.  During a lengthy spat about Johnson's participation in the battle, Todd accused the Wisconsin senator of being the "arsonist" who "started this fire" about unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud. But Johnson pushed back, insisting the fire had "started" back in January 2017 as the left vehemently opposed the incoming Trump administration, which, he noted, eventually led to President Trump's impeachment. JAKE TAPPER DECLARES HUNTER BIDEN CLAIMS 'TOO DISGUSTING' TO REPEAT ON CNN: 'THE RIGHTWING IS GOING CRAZY' "This was started when the mainstream media dropped any pretense of being...
    Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is one of several GOP senators who say they will not vote to certify the 2020 presidential election results unless a ten-day audit is conducted in disputed states. "We simply cannot dismiss the concerns of tens of millions of Americans that have suspicions" about the election results, Johnson told Sandra Smith on "America’s Newsroom" on Monday. BEN DOMENECH ON AMERICANS’ LACK OF FAITH IN ELECTORAL SYSTEM: ‘WE NEED TO ADDRESS IT’ Johnson said election integrity should be a priority, both now and in future elections. "Right now, we have this issue in front of us, as to whether or not to certify electors for certain states that really did not follow the election rules laid down by their state legislators," Johnson said. "What we’re saying is, let’s delay accepting a particular state’s electors until we actually investigate what the issues are in that particular state."...
    Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanCongressional Progressive Caucus announces new leadership team Battle for Pentagon post in Biden Cabinet heats up Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview MORE (D-Wis.), the former co-chairman of the House Progressive Caucus, on Monday confirmed that he will not challenge Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators face criticism in wake of challenges to Electoral College vote Graham: Electoral College challenge 'a political dodge' Sunday shows: Health officials push back on Trump's 'exaggerated' COVID death toll claim MORE's (R-Wis.) for his seat in 2022. In a statement, Pocan, who served as co-chair of the caucus with Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDemocrats say more COVID-19 relief needed after current measure becomes law Warren reintroduces bill to bar lawmakers from trading stocks Democratic Caucus chair predicts 'strong support' for COVID-19 relief package MORE (D-Wash.) until this year, said he had chosen to focus on his work in the...
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) got the last word in on his fiery disagreement with Meet the Press anchor Chuck Todd. However, the opportunity was provided by a separate television outlet. The Wisconsin senator appeared on America’s Newsroom and was asked by Fox News anchor Sandra Smith to opine on the segment in which Todd hyperbolically referred to Johnson as an “arsonist.” Todd said to the Senator, “you made an allegation there was widespread fraud and failed to offer specific evidence of that fraud but demanding an investigation on the grounds that there are allegations of widespread fraud. So essentially, you are the arsonist here.” Johnson fired back at Todd, saying, “This fire was started when you completely ignored our investigation of Hunter Biden where Republicans and conservatives don’t trust the mainstream media, and that’s what has destroyed the credibility of the media.” “He called you an arsonist and said he...
    NBC host Chuck Todd ripped into Republican Sen Ron Johnson of Wisconsin for supporting an eleventh-hour plot to overturn Joe Biden's election victory.  Johnson is part of a group of 12 senators and senators-elect who have vowed to file objections when Congress meets to tally Biden's 306-232 Electoral College victory over Donald Trump on Wednesday.   The senator sought to defend the so-called 'Dirty Dozen' during an appearance on Meet the Press on Sunday, where he told host Todd that their efforts were justifiable based on the 'tens of millions of people' who believe voter fraud unfairly skewed the results in Biden's favor.   'We are not acting to thwart the democratic process, we're acting to protect it,' Johnson said as he argued that a commission needs to be set up to investigate allegations of fraud.     Todd swiftly rejected Johnson's claims, arguing that people doubt the election results because Trump and his allies have peddled their...
    Sen. Ron Johnson and NBC News host Chuck Todd got into a fiery exchange Sunday over the Republicans’ effort to challenge certification of the Electoral College tally during a joint session of Congress this week. Johnson, one of at least 12 GOP senators who will object to the certification on Wednesday, disputed claims that they are trying to undo the vote that gave President-elect Joe Biden 306 electoral votes to President Trump's 232. HAWLEY SAYS HE'LL OBJECT TO ELECTORAL COLLEGE CERTIFICATION OF BIDEN VICTORY ON JAN. 6 "We are not acting to thwart the democratic process — we are acting to protect it," Johnson said. "The fact of the matter is we have an unsustainable state of affairs in this country where we have tens of millions of people who do not view this election result as legitimate," the Wisconsin Republican said on "Meet the Press." In this Dec. 12, 2020,...
    Bradley Cortright January 3, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) is determined to hold hearings to investigate allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. However, he has previously admitted he has not seen evidence that would alter the election outcome. During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, host Chuck Todd confronted Johnson over his plans to hold hearings on allegations of widespread voter fraud in the presidential election.  Todd suggested that Johnson was basing his decision to investigate “conspiracy theories” based on the number of people who believe in them.  “Let me ask you this…Why didn’t you hold hearings about the 9/11 truthers? There’s plenty of people who thought 9/11 was an inside job. You’re basically saying if there’s enough people who hold conspiracy theories [you’ll hold a hearing],” Todd charged. Johnson responded, “I could have held hearings on all kinds of things…I held hearings on what...
    NBC’s Chuck Todd accused Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson of pushing election conspiracy theories, saying, “You’re the arsonist.” Todd also placed blame on President Donald Trump, saying that the only reason people did not trust the results of the 2020 presidential election was the fact that Trump and others had encouraged them not to do so. (Chuck Todd Falsely Claims ‘Nobody Made Those Footnotes’ About Supreme Court Nominations In 2016) WATCH: Todd argued that the “destructive vicious circle” began with Republicans alleging widespread voter fraud, and then without presenting evidence of that fraud, demanding an investigation into it. “So essentially, you’re the arsonist here. President Trump is the arsonist here. You started this fire and now you’re saying whoa, look at this, oh my God, all these people believe what we told them because you didn’t have the guts to tell the truth that this election was fair,” Todd...
    Sen. Ron Johnson acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden's victory in his home state of Wisconsin but remains hesitant to believe the election took place in a secure manner. Johnson has challenged the integrity of the November election, backing President Trump on claims that voter fraud took place that boosted his opponent. "Vice President Biden has won by 20,000 votes, but there are also issues in Wisconsin," Johnson told NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday when asked who he believed won his state, which carries 10 electoral votes. .@RonJohnsonWI: "This was started when the mainstream media dropped any pretense of being unbiased and actually chose sides during this election.This fire was started when you completely ignored...our investigation of Hunter..."@ChuckTodd: "I've had enough of hearing this." pic.twitter.com/9MO2M35J76— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 3, 2021 Johnson is among a dozen Republican senators who have publicly vowed to object to Biden's victory over Trump on Wednesday during...
    Meet the Press host Chuck Todd repeatedly confronted Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday morning over the latest futile plot to overthrow the election by Republicans, calling the pro-Trump Wisconsin lawmaker an “arsonist” and blasting him for “carrying a lot of this crazy conspiratorial water” for President Donald Trump. Days ahead of Congress officially certifying the Electoral College vote, Johnson joined an effort led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in which at least 12 GOP senators will oppose the certification of the results, citing baseless and unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud. On top of the Senate’s ploy, at least 140 House Republicans are also reportedly planning on objecting to the election results. Todd, who invited Johnson on despite repeatedly clashing with the senator in the past for peddling conspiracies on-air, immediately kicked off Sunday’s confrontation by noting that Johnson has seemingly gone back on his word over the election....
    Chuck Todd grilled Senator Ron Johnson (R- WI) on Meet the Press for the attempt to object to the 2020 election results he has joined in with several other Republican colleagues. The cases President Donald Trump’s team have brought before judges (even Trump-appointed ones) have been rejected, and Joe Biden’s win has been affirmed in several of the contested states multiple times. But Johnson is joining other Senate Republicans planning to reject the election results on January 6th, citing “unprecedented allegations of voter fraud.” After President Trump and other Republicans and Republicans have repeatedly raised questions about the election results, Johnson touted how many Americans have questions about the election results. Todd shot back, “You made an allegation there was widespread fraud, you have failed to offer specific evidence of that widespread fraud, but you’re demanding an investigation on the grounds that there are allegations of widespread fraud. So essentially...
    Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) said Thursday during an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) objection during the Electoral College certification process next week will fail. Johnson said, “There’s a lot of misinformation on both sides. Some people on our side think just one House member, one senator objects, it immediately goes to a vote of the states, and then because we have more states in the House of Representatives, Trump can get re-elected. That’s not what happens.” He added, “What happens is every member of the Senate, every member of the House votes to accept or reject that state’s slate of electors. I can’t imagine any scenario in which any House Democrats will vote to reject Joe Biden electors. So I think the result is inevitable.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
    On Wednesday’s “PBS NewsHour,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) stated that he’ll only support Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s package to increase direct payments, repeal Section 230, and establish an election commission “if we target the $2,000 payments.” And stated that the payments can be targeted, but “it’s not going to be targeted in a day or two.” Johnson said, “Let me use a government employee, people that are making combined, a couple, $150,000 last year. They didn’t lose their job. They didn’t lose any income. If they’ve got a family of four, they’ll get an $8,000 check. I don’t think a couple like that should get an $8,000 check. So, there’s ways we can target this. And it’s not going to be targeted in a day or two. We should have been talking about this. We should have been considering this. I’ve got proposals, for example, on PPP. But we...
    On Friday, Republican Sen, Ron Johnson blocked a proposal to provide $1,200 stimulus checks to Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic. As reported by The Hill, Johnson blocked the measure not once, but twice. It was first introduced by GOP Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri and then by Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Hawley and Sanders have spent the past several weeks putting pressure on members of both parties to include direct payments in the next coronavirus relief bill. Thanks to Johnson, however, ordinary Americans may get no financial relief. In his speech on the Senate floor, Sanders said that politicians on both sides of the aisle support stimulus checks. He pointed out that both President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden have expressed support for the idea. “The American people cannot wait any longer; they need economic relief right now… They need help and they need it now,” Sanders...
    Two Senate Republicans sparred over a proposed bill on Friday that would send a new round of economic stimulus to people struggling financially amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Ron Johnson objected to a motion from Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, who has teamed up with independent Sen. Bernie Sanders to get the direct assistance added to the next coronavirus relief package, to pass a bill through unanimous consent that would provide stimulus checks of $1,200, as opposed to the $600 amount that is currently being negotiated by congressional leaders. On the Senate floor Friday, Johnson said that although there is "no doubt" many people are struggling through the coronavirus pandemic, the proposed legislation would balloon the national debt to unprecedented levels without proper spending oversight. "We have families in need," the Wisconsin Republican said. "There's no doubt about it. I completely support some kind of program targeted for small businesses,...
    Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson torpedoed an effort Friday to pass a second round of stimulus checks after objecting over the size of the pending coronavirus relief bill and invoking the nation’s growing national debt. Fellow Republican Sen. Josh Hawley led the push for direct cash payments, urging senators to sign on to his bill which provides a one-time payment of $1,200 to individuals earning less than $75,000. His bill contained identical language to the CARES Act, which authorized the $1,200 cash payments in March. “What I’m proposing is what every senator has supported already,” Hawley said on the Senate floor. “What I’m proposing will give working folks in my state and across the country a shot… at getting back up on their feet,” he added. Sen. @HawleyMO responds to @SenRonJohnson objecting to his unanimous consent for $1,200 stimulus checks: “Working people are told they may be last… I just...
    Sen. Ron Johnson complained that stimulus checks would be 'mortgaging our children's future.' Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Friday blocked a bill to include $1,200 direct payments to Americans as part of a new round of coronavirus relief, complaining it's too expensive and somehow unfair to people. "We are mortgaging our children's future, without reforms, without targeting," he said, insisting it was better to deny desperately needed relief to Americans rather than add any more to the national debt. Johnson, who according to OpenSecrets is worth over $39 million, has been insisting that Americans don't actually need that much help.
    The Wisconsin Republican says $900 billion is too much to waste on pandemic relief. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said Thursday that a proposed $900 billion pandemic relief compromise is totally unnecessary. "We shouldn’t be scattering [money] with a shotgun approach, just providing all kinds of money to all kinds of people," he told The Hill. "I think this pandemic will be over before more people realize. We didn’t have to spend $900 billion." Johnson's comments come as bipartisan negotiators are trying to work out final details on pared-down compromise legislation before time runs out in the 116th Congress. Emergency unemployment benefits, protections for people who rent their homes, and paid leave are all set to expire in a few days unless Congress acts. This could mean millions of people will face default, eviction, foreclosure, and poverty.
    Senate Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Wednesday blasted Democrats for their hypocrisy over election integrity, citing their resistance to accepting the 2016 results and blaming The election’s outcome on Russia. In his last hearing as chairman, Johnson examined issues of voting integrity in the 2020 election and noted that he has been attacked by Democrat colleagues for simply holding the hearing. “This hearing should not be controversial. It really shouldn’t be. This is something I think we all should want to restore the confidence in our election system,” he said. He noted that a large percentage of Americans do not believe the election results are legitimate, which he said is partly the fault of Democrats. “There are many reasons for this high level of skepticism. It starts with today’s climate of hyper-partisanship, which is only exacerbated by the persistent efforts that delegitimize the results of...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) stated that given how China “groomed” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) it’s not “farfetched to think they were grooming Hunter Biden” and his connections to his father. Johnson said, [relevant remarks begin around 2:40] “They were investing in influence. And let’s face it, we see how long-term thinking, how strategic they are. Look what they did with Congressman Swalwell. I mean, they groomed this guy. They saw, here’s an up and comer, let’s fund his campaigns. Let’s see what we can do. Let’s see how far this guy can go. And they get him placed in the Intelligence Committee in the House. And Nancy Pelosi knows about it. So, is it that farfetched to think they were grooming Hunter Biden as well and his connections to his father?” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    A hearing overseen by Trump loyalist Sen. Ron Johnson that aired claims of election 'fraud' devolved into a shouting match where the Wisconsin Republican accused his panel's top Democratic of spreading 'Russian disinformation.' Johnson teed off on Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters after fired cybersecurity Christopher Krebs observed that there had been three counts of the vote in Georgia, which he said ruled out foreign interference. 'The outcomes were consistent over and over and over again,' said Krebs, who Trump fired after he called the 2020 election the most security in history. The comment, which came as Trump allies raised unsubstantiated claims about voting machines and the president claims the election was 'rigged,' prompted Johnson to talk about 'Russian disinformation' – which he blamed on Democrats. He brought up a beef with Peters, who had blasted a Johnson report on Hunter Biden 'corruption' issued just weeks before the election.  Sen....
    Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Gary Peters of Michigan got in a heated spat over whether Peters was accusing Johnson of pushing Russian disinformation. The spat between the Republican chairman and the Democratic ranking member of the committee broke out during a Wednesday hearing in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee about election integrity. Peters had asked expert witness Chris Krebs (the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the Department of Homeland Security whom President Trump fired last month after Krebs declared the 2020 election the "most secure in American history") how foreign adversaries such as Russia are "taking advantage of false claims of broad election fraud by the President." That question appears to have reminded Johnson of claims from Democrats during the election season that he and other Republicans cited alleged Russian disinformation in other congressional investigations. "I can't...
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) went at it during a Wednesday Senate hearing, yelling at each other about Russian disinformation, the ongoing Hunter Biden probe, and voter fraud in the 2020 election. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is holding a hearing designed to examine the alleged irregularities in this year’s election, but things went off the rails as Johnson accused top Democrat officials of peddling Russian disinformation — a slight normally thrown at Republicans. “Senior Democrat leaders including Peters were involved in a process of creating a false intelligence product, that was supposedly classified, they leaked it to the media, that accused Senator Grassley, the president pro-temp of the Senate, and myself of accepting and disseminating Russian disinformation from Andrii Derkach. I never heard of the person until they brought it up. Senator Peters introduced that false information, Russian disinformation, into our investigation record.” Johnson faulted Democrats...
    Sen. Ron Johnson, a steadfast ally of President Trump, said he regrets the bitter nature of many hearings under his chairmanship. The statement adds to Johnson's change in tone following the Electoral College vote in favor of making Joe Biden the next president and increased Republican acceptance of Biden as president-elect. The Wisconsin senator is in the final month of being chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, as he is limited by Republican chairmanship rules. On Wednesday, during his last committee hearing as chairman, Johnson reflected on his term. "Some of these investigations have grown to be a little rancorous," Johnson said. "I regret that." Johnson's controversial investigations included one into the business dealings of Hunter Biden, the son of Joe Biden, and one into how the FBI conducted its Crossfire Hurricane investigation into Russian interference in the election and how it...
    (CNN)One day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said plainly that Joe Biden was the President-elect, Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is holding a controversial hearing Wednesday to probe the 2020 election.Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has invited two Trump campaign lawyers who tried to overturn the election results in Nevada and Wisconsin and a Republican Pennsylvania state representative, as well as former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who was part of President Donald Trump's impeachment defense.Christopher Krebs, the former top administration official for cybersecurity who was fired by Trump for saying there wasn't widespread fraud in the election, is testifying as the Democratic witness.Senators in both parties have raised concerns that the hearing is promoting debunked conspiracy theories about the election, and one Republican senator is not participating. It comes as Trump has continued to spread baseless and false claims about fraud in the...
    Savannah Rychcik December 15, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) recognizes President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the election but maintains he will still be holding a hearing on alleged voting irregularities. During an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Johnson was asked if he views the election as legitimate. “Yes. I haven’t seen anything that would convince me that the results — the overall national result — would be overturned,” Johnson said. He said there are “legitimate questions” about the way the election was conducted in some states. “All I’m trying to do is hold a very upfront, straightforward hearing talking about what controls there are in place, what fraud does occur, what can we do to prevent fraud in the future,” Johnson added. He explained he has no intention of objecting when Congress receives the electoral votes. “Something would have to surface...
    Hunter Biden and James Biden have not complied with information requests from the Senate, CBS’ Catherine Herridge reports. According to a Saturday press release from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, several requests dating back to September 23 for interviews and records have been ignored by President-elect Joe Biden’s son, his brother, and other associates. (RELATED: ‘Baffled And Deeply Bothered By This’: Tucker Carlson Says ‘Damning’ Hunter Biden Documents ‘Vanished’) “Senators @ChuckGrassley @SenRonJohnson ‘Attorneys for Hunter + James Biden have refused to cooperate with the committees. It should be noted that, collectively, President Trump’s family + associates produced documents + agreed to appear at interviews…'” Herridge tweeted. #HunterBiden Senators @ChuckGrassley @SenRonJohnson “Attorneys for Hunter + James Biden have refused to cooperate with the committees. It should be noted that, collectively, President Trump’s family + associates produced documents + agreed to appear at interviews…” @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/tjQ3xuLEr3 — Catherine...
    Washington (CNN)Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has invited former independent counsel Ken Starr and attorneys in key battleground states to testify at a controversial hearing next week where he plans to probe the 2020 election that President-elect Joe Biden won.The hearing, which has prompted sharp criticism from senators in both parties over concerns that Johnson is peddling in debunked conspiracy theories, is moving ahead despite calls from Democrats that he scrap it.GOP leadership rejects resolution acknowledging Biden as President-electBut Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who has not yet said if he'll run for reelection in 2022, says his hearing is geared at "trying to restore confidence in the system" and says it is he who is "trying to debunk" questions about "suspicious activities" that occurred in the elections. He also says the hearings will help him decide whether to join House Republicans to...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) reacted to the revelations that Hunter Biden is under investigation by stating that the media and social media’s suppression of the Hunter Biden story constituted election interference that is “orders of magnitude greater than any Russian or Chinese or Iran foreign interference in this campaign.” Johnson stated, [relevant remarks begin around 5:00] “[W]e found out now, the mainstream media had far greater influence and interference in our election than any Russian interference ever could have hoped for. I mean, the fact of the matter, there have been polls out now, the McLaughlin poll said that 36% of Biden voters had never heard of the Hunter Biden story because of the censorship and suppression of that. 13%, once they found out, said they wouldn’t have voted for Biden. So, that means 4.6% of Biden...
    EXCLUSIVE: Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, who has been looking into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings for over a year, told Fox News on Wednesday he opposes the appointment of a special counsel to investigate President-elect Joe Biden’s son, while vowing to continue looking into the matter. Johnson's comments come after it became public that the U.S. Attorney's Office in Delaware has been investigating Hunter Biden's "tax affairs."  "I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs," Hunter Biden said in a statement Wednesday. "I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors." HUNTER BIDEN 'TAX AFFAIRS' UNDER FEDERAL INVESTIGATION The investigation, according...
    Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, a top Trump ally, said Wednesday that he was open to objecting to the Electoral College results, as he scheduled a Senate Homeland Security Committee on 'Examining Irregularities in the 2020 Election.'  'It depends on what we find out,' Johnson said, according to CNN, telling reporters he wouldn't rule out joining an effort to challenge a state's results when Congress is supposed to certify the Electoral College vote on January 6.  In a statement, Johnson explained that he was holding the December 16 hearing because 'a large percentage of the American public does not view the 2020 election result as legitimate because of the apparent irregularities that have not been fully examined.'  Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican and top Trump ally on Capitol Hill, announced a hearing next week on 'Examining Irregularities in the 2020 Election' and said he might join a effort to...
    A former Wisconsin county official revealed the details of a phone conversation he claims to have had last month with Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson about the 2020 election. While President Donald Trump’s numerous lawsuits to contest the results have so far gone nowhere, Trump has consistently maintained that the election was “rigged,” and many prominent GOP politicians, including Johnson, have reportedly been hesitant to publicly say that President-elect Joe Biden won the race. Former Brown County Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Mark Becker described a 30-minute “surreal” phone conversation he purportedly had with the Republican senator on November 14, less than two weeks after the election, in an op-ed published Wednesday on the anti-Trump website The Bulwark. In the piece, Becker claimed Johnson told him that Biden won the election fairly, but won’t admit it in public because he considers opposing Trump, who Johnson purportedly called an “asshole,” to be...
    The Wisconsin Republican knows Joe Biden won the election, but won't admit it publicly. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told a former local Republican Party chair in his home state that he knows Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, but won't say so publicly because doing so would be "political suicide." Mark Becker, the former chair of the Brown County Republican Party in Wisconsin, said Johnson told him as much in a phone conversation on Nov. 14 — a full week after media organizations had called the race for Biden. "Senator Johnson knows that Joe Biden won a free and fair election. He is refusing to admit it publicly and stoking conspiracies that undermine our democracy solely because it would be 'political suicide' to oppose Trump," Becker wrote in a piece published by the Bulwark, a conservative outlet that opposes...
    Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images A former local official in Wisconsin is outing Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) as knowing President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 election, but refusing to acknowledge it fearing the wrath of President Donald Trump. Writing for the conservative Never Trump-site The Bulwark, Mark Becker — a former Brown County (WI) supervisor, and former chairman of the Brown County Republican party — went public with a Nov. 14 phone call between him and the senator. The conversation lasted for a half hour, according to Becker. And in it, Johnson privately conceded that Biden won, and explained why he’s unwilling to say that openly. “Senator Johnson knows that Joe Biden won a free and fair election,” Becker wrote. “He is refusing to admit it publicly and stoking conspiracies that undermine our democracy solely because it would be ‘political suicide’ to oppose Trump.” Though the Badger State senator has become one...
    Bradley Cortright December 1, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) is calling on Attorney General William Barr to present his evidence to disprove allegations of widespread voter fraud in the election. Speaking to CNN’s Manu Raju on Tuesday, Johnson said Barr should “show everybody” his evidence because he claimed there are “enough suspicions” and “irregularities.” “I think there is still enough questions outstanding,” he added. Ron Johnson said the attorney general should “show everybody” his evidence about no mass fraud because “there’s enough suspicions” and “irregularities” there Asked if hes not satisfied with Barrs conclusion, Johnson added: "I think there is still enough questions outstanding”— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 1, 2020 Barr told the Associated Press in an interview earlier on Tuesday, “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election.” “There’s been one assertion that would be systemic fraud,...
    Former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (MO) openly mocked “hapless” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for demanding that Attorney General Bill Barr somehow prove his new assessment that there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. On Tuesday, Barr released a Justice Department statement that effectively blew up all of President Donald Trump’s false claims and conspiracy theories about election fraud. This inconvenient acceptance of reality by the nation’s top law enforcement official provoked an immediate, heated response from the Trump campaign’s legal team, which has lost 39 of 40 election lawsuits since Election Day, and prompted Johnson to demand Barr “show everybody” the evidence that doesn’t exist. Speaking with MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace, McCaskill first weighed in on Barr’s announcement, which sparked a torrent of commentary because Barr so publicly undercut a president he has so consistently defended in the past. “No one is throwing a parade for Bill Barr....
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) candidly stated that there is “nothing” for which to congratulate former Vice President Joe Biden after reporters asked if he had extended congratulations to him. “No. There’s nothing to congratulate him about,” Johnson reportedly said, according to a pool report: From the pool. GOP WI Sen Johnson on if Biden should be congratulated: "No. There’s nothing to congratulate him about." — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 10, 2020 RonJohn asked if he’s congratulated Biden: “No , there’s nothing to congratulate him about.” — Erica Werner (@ericawerner) November 10, 2020 Sen. Ron Johnson, asked by Senate press pool if hes congratulated Biden yet, says, “No. there’s nothing to congratulate him about.” — Michael McAuliff (@mmcauliff) November 10, 2020 Johnson is one of several GOP senators demanding Google answer questions following a study indicating possible election interference in favor of Democrats over Republicans via allegedly sending vote reminders to...
    In 2017, Sen. Ron Johnson said a swift transition to a new administration was essential. Now he's silent as Trump blocks Biden's transition. In December 2017, Sen. Ron Johnson, the Republican chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, wrote a letter to the General Services Administration in which he said that an orderly and swift transition between presidential administrations is necessary to protect national security. However, now, as Donald Trump blocks the General Services Administration from giving the green light for work to proceed on President-elect Joe Biden's transition to the White House, Johnson has been silent. Johnson's letter to the GSA read in part: "An incoming administration must be ready to govern on day one. Any threat to the close coordination between the transition and outgoing administration could create vulnerabilities to governance, readiness, and national...
    Two Republican Senate chairman said on Sunday they will not at this time subpoena Hunter Biden to ask the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden about his family's foreign business dealings, including with shady Chinese businessmen. Appearing in the first of back-to-back interviews on Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News, two days before Election Day, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham deflected by saying the matter falls under the jurisdiction of Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson. When Johnson appeared minutes later, the Wisconsin Republican said he wanted more documentation and witness interviews before seeking a subpoena. Both senators were pressed on the Hunter Biden story, which has raised questions about the possible role played by Joe Biden as he vies for the White House, by host Maria Bartiromo. One of them, Graham, is up for reelection this year. “What are you going to do, Sen....
    On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) stated that the verification and validation that the committee has engaged in so far has not “turned up any discrepancies” in the claims made by former Hunter Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski earlier this week and that “Everything appears to be authentic that we’ve looked at so far.” Host Sean Hannity asked, [relevant exchange begins around 4:10] “Can you confirm the laptop and Tony Bobulinski and what he said to Tucker Carlson this week?” Johnson responded, “All I can say is that all the verification, all the validation we’re doing, we haven’t turned up any discrepancies. Everything appears to be authentic that we’ve looked at so far.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    Sen. Ron Johnson said he’s not a “big fan of special counsels” but one may need to be appointed to investigate Joe Biden if he wins the election to get to the bottom of his links to his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and China, as revealed in The Post’s reporting. The Wisconsin Republican was asked about a special counsel during an interview Wednesday on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria.” “You know, I am not a big fan of special counsels, but if Joe Biden wins the presidency, I don’t see how you avoid one,” Johnson told host Maria Bartiromo. “Otherwise, this is going to be, you know, tucked away, and we will never know what happened. All this evidence is going to be buried, so I think we have to have a special election if Joe Biden wins.” Congressional Republicans have urged Attorney General William Barr...
    Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Wednesday said if 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins next week’s election, there might need to be a special counsel to investigate. GOP lawmakers have been urging Attorney General William Barr to appoint a special counsel to investigate before Election Day. In an appearance on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” Johnson admitted he is “not a big fan” of special counsels, but argued one is necessary to get to the bottom of Hunter Biden’s business dealings overseas. “Do you want to see a special counsel?” host Maria Bartiromo asked. “You know, I am not a big fan of special counsels, but if Joe Biden wins the presidency, I don’t see how you avoid one,” Johnson replied. “Otherwise, this is going to be, you know, tucked away, and we will never know what happened. All this evidence is going to be buried, so I...
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) was widely mocked on Wednesday after demanding that a satirical tweet about him be removed during a tech hearing that was purportedly supposed to be about tech policy. Hide The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing where Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were brought in to testify. The hearing was supposed to be about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, but largely devolved into both sides of the aisle complaining about long standing gripes they had with social media. Hide While the arguments made were largely partisan—Republicans focusing in on allegations of censorship while Democrats discussed President Donald Trump’s inaccurate tweets—Johnson appeared mostly concerned about a joke on Twitter from earlier this month. In a tweet that has since garnered nearly 20,000 shares, Twitter user @marytherese5 openly joked on Oct. 18 that Johnson had strangled...
    The Wisconsin Republican claimed a satirical tweet is voter suppression — and then shared it with the world. In a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Republican Ron Johnson questioned heads of social media companies who have taken down or restricted access to Donald Trump's tweets for spreading misinformation.However, in the process, Johnson bizarrely ended up bringing attention to a satirical tweet that mentioned him strangling a dog. The moment happened when Johnson asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about blocking misinformation on civic integrity and used this satirical tweet that Twitter did not remove as an example of misinformation that should have been removed. Here is the exchange Johnson had with Dorsey: Mr. Dorsey, you talked about your policies toward misinformation and that you will block misinformation if it's about civic integrity, election interference or voter suppression.   Let me give you...
    Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson will not call Hunter Biden’s ex-business partner Tony Bobulinski to testify before the November 3 elections, the Daily Caller has learned. Bobulinski, who said Tuesday he believes “Joe Biden and the Biden family are compromised” in an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, has turned over evidence to the FBI alleging he met twice in the past with the former vice president in regards to business with his son Hunter. The Biden family has not yet disputed this information. Johnson interviewed Bobulinski on Friday, saying after he hopes Bobulinski will speak to the Senate Homeland Security Committee as soon as possible, something Bobulinski said he would be willing to do in his interview with Carlson. However, Johnson will not call on Bobulinski to testify in front of the committee before the November 3 elections. “Senator Johnson has always wanted...
    “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” the Wizard of Oz icon bellowed to Dorothy and her newfound friends. It was the classic misdirection used by magicians and charlatans: Distract the crowd with a shiny object and you can fool them into ignoring reality.   Ever since the Democratic National Committee server was hacked during the 2016 election campaign, “Russian disinformation and interference” has been the shiny object that Democrats and the mainstream media have used to bamboozle the American people.  Because Russia is believed to have exposed the contents of the DNC server, Americans were supposed to focus on the existential threat that “Russian election interference” posed to America — and ignore the anti-Catholic emails and other vile content written by top Democratic operatives and exposed in the incident. FBI, MUELLER RECEIVED TRUMP TRANSITION RECORDS FROM GSA IN SECRET: SENATE REPORT The misdirection worked. Far more Americans are...
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