Ron Johnson, the controversial senator from Wisconsin, was advised by the FBI that he was being used to push Russian talking points, but he didn’t seem to care.The coverage on Johnson is often extremely unfavorable. In fact, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough often refers to him as America’s dumbest senator. He recently took heat for telling Americans that they didn’t need to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
But before any of that happened, Johnson seemed to have a strange relationship with Russia. He was part of a group of Republican senators who visited the Kremlin in 2018. When he came back from the trip, he began to argue against the sanctions placed on Russia for election meddling.
Johnson recently told the Washington Post, “Regarding reports that I received an FBI briefing warning me that I was a target of Russian disinformation, I can confirm I received such a briefing in August of 2020. I asked the briefers what specific evidence they had regarding this warning, and they could not provide me anything other than the generalized warning. Without specific information, I felt the briefing was completely useless and unnecessary.”
The Wisconsin senator, though, didn’t really take the message seriously. He continued, “[I]suspected that the briefing was being given to be used at some future date for the purpose that it is now being used: to offer the biased media an opportunity to falsely accuse me of being a tool of Russia despite warnings.”
Johnson’s antics may be coming to an end soon. According to reports, the senator is unsure if he will run for office again in 2022.
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