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) .CC BY-NC-ND 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 where she worked for many years from both Madison and Washington, DC. Shortly after Donald Trump took office she moved with her family to Oaxaca, Mexico, and covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Trump. Conniff is a frequent guest on MSNBC and has appeared on Good Morning America, Democracy Now!, Wisconsin Public Radio, CNN, Fox News and many other radio and television outlets. She has also written for The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She graduated from Yale University in 1990, where she ran track and edited the campus magazine The New Journal. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and three daughters.