MacIver Newsmakers Podcast: Sen. Ron Johnson Says Mueller Probe ‘Enormous Political Distraction’

MacIver News Service | March 21, 2019

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON, Wis. — The mainstream media was itchy again Thursday, with rumors recirculating that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation report was about to drop. 

The press was disappointed again. The press would have to wait.

That’s been the talk of the Swamp for weeks now, Mueller’s looming report to the U.S. Department of Justice and, more so, what it will contain. 

After a prolonged investigation marked by leaks and faulty reporting, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says the American people have a right to know what really happened. Not just with Russian interference in U.S. elections — the actual scope of Mueller’s meandering probe — but what went on at the FBI, with former director James Comey, the Department of Justice, the intelligence communities, the State Department. 

While not even the leakers can deliver evidence of President or candidate Trump and his campaign working with the Russians to affect the outcome of the election, there are plenty of serious questions about the conduct and the activities of the federal law enforcement officials involved in multiple investigations. 

Johnson isn’t holding his breath. 

“I really don’t expect we’re going to have that full accounting from this special counsel,” the Oshkosh Republican told MacIver News Service Thursday. 

If there truly were a “smoking gun,” Johnson says, it would have been leaked to a thirsty Trump-loathing press by now. 

After all this time, after all those taxpayers, Johnson says the Mueller investigation has been just one “enormous political distraction.” 

“We really have challenging problems right now,” the senator said. “We have Iran, North Korea, Russia, China … there are a lot of issues. How about the fact that we’re $22 trillion in debt?” 

Senator Johnson discusses the Mueller report, securing the U.S.-Mexico border, Wisconsin’s critical state Supreme Court race, and whether we can ever watch Aunt Becky from “Full House” the same way again, knowing what we know now, on this edition of MacIver Newsmakers.