Ron Johnson played a key role in Trump’s Ukraine negotiations

    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc) on stage
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons 2.0).

    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.

    Ruth Conniff
    Ruth Conniff is Editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Examiner. She formerly served as Editor-in-chief of The Progressive Magazine, and opened the Progressive’s office in Washington, DC, during the Clinton Administration, where she made her debut as a political pundit on CNN’s Capital Gang Sunday and Fox News. She moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, for a year in 2017, where she covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Donald Trump. Conniff is a frequent guest on All in with Chris Hayes on MSNBC and has appeared on Good Morning America, Democracy Now!, Wisconsin Public Radio, and other radio and television programs. In 2011, she did award-winning coverage of the uprising against Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin. She has also written for The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Conniff graduated from Yale University in 1990, where she ran track and edited the campus magazine The New Journal.