WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, appeared on “America’s Newsroom” Friday to discuss the committee’s upcoming business meeting to consider a motion to authorize him to issue subpoenas relating to the committee’s ongoing oversight of presidential transitions, the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation, and the Obama administration’s “unmasking” of individuals from the Trump campaign and transition team.
Excerpts of the interview are below and video can be found here.
“Instead of a peaceful transition and cooperative transition of power from one administration to the next, we saw a corruption of that transition. These are individuals that unmasked Michael Flynn, we don’t know other individuals [who] might have been unmasked, that’s part of the equation. Again, we’re going to be looking at what happened before the election in terms of potential corruption of transition, things like burrowing in. Putting people in agencies that you knew would frustrate the new administration’s policies that may be different from yours.”
“What about the media leaks? We did a report in July of 2017, 125 media leaks in the first 126 days. It’s pretty amazing. 62 of these according to the Obama definition of a leak that could affect national security, and that compares with eight under the Obama administration, nine under Bush. Almost seven times the type of leaks that could affect our national security.”
“The media was either duped or complicit in this entire Russian hoax. There are a couple of members of the press that are actually looking at those leaks, but where’s the rest of the press? 18 different outlets received those leaks. They were either, again, duped or complicit. When are they going to start investigating and revealing the people that completely and utterly misled them?”