The Washington Post reports that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis) held a previously unreported July meeting with Ukrainian diplomat Andrii Telizhenko. Telizhenko said Johnson reached out to hold the meeting, and the two men discussed “the DNC issue”—a reference to unsubstantiated claims that the Democratic National Committee worked with the Ukrainian government in 2016 to gather incriminating information on then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
“An individual close to Johnson confirmed that staff for one of his committees met with Telizhenko as part of an ongoing investigation into the FBI and its probes of the 2016 election, but declined to say whether the senator was involved,” the Post reports.
“The meeting points to Johnson’s emerging role as the member of Congress most heavily involved in the Ukraine saga that has engulfed the White House and has threatened Trump with impeachment,” write reporters Elise Viebeck and Dalton Bennett. Read the full story here.