Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told reporters Monday he was one of the Republicans who urged President Donald Trump not to dismiss EU Amb. Gordon Sondland, The Hill reported.
"I think Gordon was trying to do the right thing," Johnson said. "His heart was in the right place, and by the way I have no problem with people in the administration trying to figure out how they can change the president's opinion."
Sondland was recalled from his position Friday shortly after it was announced Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman had been escorted from the White House and was being reassigned. Both testified against the president in his impeachment hearings in the House.
Sondland "was going to leave anyway," Johnson said. "It would have been nice if he could have just left on his terms," adding, he had hoped he would have been able to "leave with dignity."
According to The New York Times report, Johnson and fellow Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Martha McSally, R-Ariz., all urged the White House not to fire Sondland.
"I had heard that there was something happening, and, again, I was just calling to hopefully prevent that from happening," Johnson said.
He said he did not speak directly with the president.
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