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Ron Johnson: Democrats weaponizing ‘Russian disinformation' narrative to attack Biden-Ukraine investigation

Added 08-10-20 03:23:01pm EST - “A top Senate Republican defended his investigation into the Obama administration's Ukraine policy against claims from Democrats that he is aiding a Russian disinformation operation.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Ron Johnson: Democrats weaponizing ‘Russian disinformation’ narrative to attack Biden-Ukraine investigation”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A top Senate Republican defended his investigation into the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy against claims from Democrats that he is aiding a Russian disinformation operation.

Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, is running joint investigations into the Trump-Russia investigators and their reliance on British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s flawed anti-Trump dossier as well as former Vice President Joe Biden’s involvement with Ukraine and his son Hunter Biden’s lucrative position with Ukrainian energy company Burisma along with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa. The Wisconsin Republican announced a subpoena for FBI Director Christopher Wray for documents related to Crossfire Hurricane and released an 11-page defense of his inquiries on Monday pushing back against assertions by Democratic leaders that he received information from Ukrainians tied to Russia.

“Democrats and many in the media have mainly focused their criticism of our investigation on the Biden component of our oversight. ... They have once again decided to weaponize a false ‘Russian disinformation’ narrative as a tool for attacking their political opponents,” Johnson wrote on Monday. “It is Democrats who have sought out and disseminated Russian disinformation. It was the Democratic National Committee, together with cutouts for the Clinton campaign, that paid for and helped peddle the Steele dossier. ... They have introduced, and made public, Russian disinformation into our investigatory record; we have not.”

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut penned an op-ed in the Washington Post on Saturday in which he noted the outlet reported last week that Johnson “is moving ahead with an investigation into ... Joe Biden using documents provided to [Johnson] by the son of a former KGB officer.” Blumenthal wrote that “Congress may become a forum for debunked conspiracy theories peddled by Kremlin proxies.”

Johnson responded: “This is false. Not only have we have repeatedly and publicly denied it, no one has presented evidence to the contrary — nor can they, because there is none.” The senator said he "unequivocally denied" reporting by the Washington Post that Ukrainian politician Oleksandr Onyshchenko gave his committee information, and Politico reported that another Ukrainian politician, Andrii Derkach, sent information to him.

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