Now contrast this with today's story in Urban Milwaukee by Bruce Murphy, where he shows how US Senator Ron Johnson was told of the Russian propaganda efforts and hacking in a meeting in September. Not a big deal in itself, but Murphy connects the dots and notes that instead of being forthcoming on what the Russians were trying to do and do the right thing by fighting against it to guarantee fair and free elections, Johnson reportedly worked with GOP Leader Mitch McConnell to cover it up, and he and Trump benefitted from the Russian misinformation campaign in the November elections.
As chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Johnson was one the so-called “Gang of 12,” the top 12 congressional leaders, who were invited to the meeting. (House Speaker Paul Ryan also attended the meeting.) Johnson later confirmed to Politico that he participated in the briefing.This is damning stuff, and shows that Ron Johnson has no moral center other than greed and power. Given that a sizable number of Americans were tricked into voting for Trump and likely Johnson due to this Russian propaganda, it makes both of their close elections illegitimate, and they should treated that way.
“In a secure room in the Capitol used for briefings involving classified information, administration officials broadly laid out the evidence U.S. spy agencies had collected, showing Russia’s role in cyber-intrusions in at least two states and in hacking the emails of the Democratic organizations and individuals,” the [Washington] Post reported....
Johnson, in short, had an opportunity to be a patriot and condemn the fact that Russia was now engaged in such activities in the United States. But he issued no resolutions — in fact, not one word — on Russian’s cyber attacks on America.
Worse, he has engaged in his own pattern of misinformation on the subject. After the CIA publicly released a report in January concluding that Russia meddled in the presidential election to help Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump win the election, Johnson issued a statement to the Wisconsin State Journal saying he would “would need more definitive information before drawing further conclusions.” Johnson did not reveal that he had been informed back in September this was happening.
Johnson went on to complain to CNBC that the CIA refused to brief him on Russian hacking, saying “I have not seen the evidence that it actually was Russia,” while failing to note the CIA report’s echoed the briefing he’d received from other intelligence leaders in September.
That flag pin doesn't let you get away with this, Ronnie.
But I suppose (mo)Ron Johnson doesn't care. He thinks he has a 6-figure taxpayer-funded salary + benefits for the next 6 years regardless of the slimy circumstances he was elected under. It would be nice to find ways for that NOT to be the case, but I fear that since (mo)Ron won't have the class to admit to his role in dragging this country down, and I also fear that things may unravel to the point that many others won't accept having this treasonous dimwit continue to "represent" this state in DC.