Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s reported subterfuge in concealing details of his private conversation with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, saying the decision is wholly “up to him.”
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Johnson noted the president “was burned by leaks in other areas.”
“It's up to him in terms of who he wants to read into his conversations with world leaders,” Johnson said, adding: “In the end I'm going to judge this president based on his actions. We have increased sanctions” against Russia.
Johnson also said he’s got “serious questions” about corruption at the FBI, including by former acting director Andrew McCabe.
“That's some real corruption in the FBI,” he said of McCabe’s alleged lying to the FBI as uncovered by an Inspector Generals’s report.
And Johnson also said he was wary of Trump declaring a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border.
“ I would hate to see it,” he said. “Using that act would be, in this instance, would be far larger act than has ever occurred in the past. I'd prefer not, primarily because if we do that, it's going to go to court and the wall won't get built. I want to see this wall get built.”
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