[Ed. – NBC calls Johnson a “staunch supporter” of Trump, but that’s not actually his record, especially as regards his committee’s supine posture on Russiagate and Spygate. The Senate’s useful work on both has come entirely from what was formerly Grassley’s Judiciary Committee – as opposed to the House, where the Intel Committee under Nunes did the heavy lifting. Johnson either let himself get played here, or gave a quote knowing how the MSM would headline it.]
Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, a staunch Trump ally, told The Wall Street Journal the diplomat’s comments made him ‘wince.’ ‘
Sen. Ron Johnson, a top Republican ally of President Donald Trump, said a U.S. diplomat told him in August that the Trump administration had frozen almost $400 million in aid to Ukraine because the president wanted a commitment that Kyiv would carry out investigations related to U.S. elections.
The Wisconsin senator, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Friday, said he called Trump about the allegation on Aug. 31, and that Trump vehemently denied it.
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“He said—expletive deleted—’No way. I would never do that. Who told you that?” Johnson recounted Trump as telling him in the call, according to the paper.