‘Hit job on the president’

Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 8, 2019

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — As we learn more about the sleazy political games being played in the House’s “impeachment inquiry,” U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson sees a constitutional crisis facing the republic.

“It’s not hard to imagine that maybe this is just one very well- orchestrated hit job on the president,” Johnson tells Empower Wisconsin in the latest edition of the Power Up podcast.

House Democrats have tried to keep the focus on a phone call President Trump had with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Dems insist that Trump put pressure on his Ukraine counterpart to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his ne’er-do-well offspring, Hunter Biden.

But the left’s narrative has unraveled as Trump called their bluff and produced a transcript of his conversation with Zelensky, and the Dems’ timelines of purported events don’t jibe with the facts.

On Friday, the Washington Post, seemingly all in on the Ukraine bunk, was forced to award “Four Pinocchios” to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. The Post claims what has become abundantly clear: the unscrupulous California congressman lied about his knowledge of the so-called “first whistleblower” who heard secondhand or thirdhand reports about the Ukraine call.

“Schiff’s answers are especially interesting in the wake of reports in The New York Times and The Washington Post that the whistleblower approached a House Intelligence Committee staff member for guidance before filing a complaint with the Intelligence Community inspector general,” Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler wrote.

“My [antenna] goes up really high,” Johnson said, noting Schiff’s spin-filled “parody” of the Ukraine call performed at a recent committee hearing. “If that is the face of impeachment, if that is who Nancy Pelosi is going to crown the lead chairman running this process, boy, hold on to your hat.”

The senator has been skewered by the usual media suspects after his interview on “Meet the Press.” Host Chuck Todd threw a hissy fit when Johnson didn’t answer his question about a comment the senator had in the Wall Street Journal.

“I’m here to report today that, unlike the narrative of the press that President Trump wants to dig up dirt on his 2020 opponent, what he wants is an accounting of what happened in 2016. Who set him up? Did things spring from Ukraine?” Johnson told the combative host.

Todd brushed off Johnson’s comments as “Fox News conspiracy, propaganda stuff.”

Will American voters see through the latest impeachment gambit by Democrats? Will it be like Wisconsin 2012, when voters rejected the left’s recall movement against Republican Gov. Scott Walker?

Johnson said he hopes so.

Listen to our discussion with Sen. Johnson here.

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