Ron Johnson Carries Trump, Russia's Water on Ukraine and Joe Biden
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By: Charles P. Pierce (Esquire)
The lights are on but nobody is home at Johnson's!
This is precisely the line of attack that the U.S. intelligence community said that the Russian ratfckers would pursue this time around, and Johnson is the primary parrot.
By Charles P. Pierce Sep 16, 2020 TONI L. SANDYSGetty Images
We have kept a weather eye on Senator Ron (Shreds of Freedom) Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, ever since the Tea Party coal-slurry avalanche swept him into office a decade ago. Up until the arrival of El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago, Johnson was a fairly run-of-the-mill wingnut legislator, but then, in 2018, over the Independence Day holiday, Ron Johnson took a trip and came back as a menace to the American republic. How coincidental you believe this is depends very much on the condition of the turnip truck that brought you to town.
On July 4, 2018, Johnson and several other Republican senators were entertained in Moscow by, among other people, Sergei Kislyak, a central figure among the Volga Bagmen and good friend of Michael Flynn, then the Russophilic White House national security adviser. Johnson, who previously had been a harsh critic of the regime of Vladimir Putin, returned from Russia on this trip with kasha failing to melt in his mouth. From the Washington Examiner :
Johnson said he's worried that Congress over-reacted to Russia's election interference, which resulted in legislation that tied Trump's hands with mandatory sanctions. "I've been pretty upfront that the election interference — as serious as that was, and unacceptable — is not the greatest threat to our democracy," he said. "We've blown it way out of proportion — [as if it's] the greatest threat to democracy ... We need to really honestly assess what actually happened, what effect did it have, and what effect are our sanctions actually having, positively and negatively."
At which point, Johnson began to carry water for the White House and, by extension, for the Kremlin's efforts to get out from under charges that it had ratfcked the 2016 election, and that it was preparing to do it again. (This mutuality of interests ought to raise all kinds of alarms.) In pursuit of that, he has become the mainspring of the misinformation plot that seeks to pin the blame for the sabotage of Ukraine on Joe Biden, and to tie it to Biden through his son, Hunter. This manufactured tale was one of the go-to diversions for the president*'s defenders during the impeachment proceedings, and it has been kept alive as an important element of the president*'s re-election strategy, behind which Johnson has thrown the full weight of his chairmanship of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Johnson's attitudes changed considerably following his July 4th trip to Moscow. STEFANI REYNOLDSGetty Images
One major flaw in the plan, however, is the fact that Johnson has demonstrated repeatedly that he's a few bratwurst short of a tailgate. (In October of 2019, he put in an appearance on Meet The Press that will go down in history of mumbling as an unquestioned masterpiece.) He could bumfuzzle the whole thing into splinters but, on Tuesday, Johnson and his committee escalated their efforts on behalf of the president*'s campaign. From Politico :
In a party-line, Republican members of the committee gave its chairman, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the power to compel testimony from several current and former officials, including former FBI Director James Comey and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who involved in the transition process in 2016 and 2017 as well as the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The authorization itself means Johnson will be able to wield the threat of politically explosive subpoenas — some against witnesses Trump has repeatedly styled as archenemies — even after Congress recesses in October and the election draws increasingly close...
Romney said the Biden investigation "has the earmarks of a political exercise," citing "recent remarks in the media" — a clear reference to Johnson's recent public statements indicating that his investigation will denigrate Biden's prospects in the election. Romney also said it was "not the legitimate role of government, for Congress or for taxpayer expense, to be used in an effort to damage political opponents." Johnson is preparing to release an interim report in the coming days on that probe, which examines Hunter Biden's role on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma. There's no evidence that Joe Biden or his son were involved in any wrongdoing.
As has been reported, this is precisely the line of attack that the U.S. intelligence community said that the Russian ratfckers would pursue this time around. And Ron (Shreds of Freedom) Johnson is the primary parrot. Thanks, Wisconsin. Seriously.
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