Johnson told the Wall Street Journal that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland had told him about a trade of roughly $400 million in aid to Ukraine in exchange for a probe into U.S. elections. Concerned about linking the two, Johnson called Trump directly and Trump refuted it, according to Johnson’s accounts. Johnson is something of a wild card among Senate Republicans with little allegiance to party leaders after his 2016 campaign was left for dead by top Republicans; he was still reelected by nearly 5 points. But when it comes to the deepening impeachment inquiry into Trump, Johnson is instructive. When he raised questions last month about the White House restricting records of Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders, White House officials quickly assuaged Johnson’s concerns. And as everyone in Washington puzzled over his admission about his own part in Trump’s Ukraine saga, Johnson went on “Meet the Press” to make clear he’s not joining the small band of Trump’s GOP critics. “I’m pretty sympathetic with what the president has gone through. I have never seen in my life time, a president after being elected, not having some measure of well wishes from his opponents,” Johnson said… Read full this story
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