Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said Sunday he understands President Donald Trump’s “frustration” at special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — and the president’s harsh assessment at a Saturday rally of some FBI leaders as “scum.”
In an interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” Johnson said he still agrees with Trump that the investigation was a “witch hunt.”
“I completely understand the president's frustration,” Johnson said. “He knew, from day one, that he was innocent. And he was subjected to this two-year investigation, a very thorough investigation.
“And in that process, certainly, [former Deputy FBI Director] Andrew McCabe was fired, because he lied to his own investigators. Now, this is the former deputy director and acting FBI director lying to his own investigators.”
Johnson added “from my standpoint, there has been a concerted effort, since the day after the election, to sabotage this administration.”
Johnson said although “I would use different words” than Trump to describe the agency’s officials, “I would certainly question the possibility, now, I think, the proven fact, there was definitely corruption at the highest levels of the FBI. And that's one thing Senator [Lindsey] Graham, [R-S.C.] Senator [Charles] Grassley, [R-Iowa] and myself are going to try and uncover, now that the Mueller investigation is over.”
Johnson also said although he’s concerned about Russian interference in U.S. elections, “let's not blow this out of proportion.”
“I am every bit as concerned about Russian interference as any Democrat senator,” he said, adding it “didn't surprise me at all they were interfering in our election."
“But in terms of changing vote totals, almost impossible because we have local control of elections. What is really at risk is voter files. [Department of Homeland Security] has done a good job to prevent that from happening as well. Let's not blow this out of proportion. Let's be vigilant and concerned about it.”
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