Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) announced he is close to releasing an interim report on investigations Senate Republicans have been running on former vice president Joe Biden, his son Hunter and his ties to the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, and Ukrainian interference in U.S. elections.
"My investigation into possible corruption in the Obama administration dates back to Hillary Clinton's email scandal," Johnson told FOX News host Martha MacCallum. "It was our oversight that ended up releasing most of the Peter Strzok, Lisa Page texts. I joined Chuck Grassley's investigation into possible DNC involvement with Ukraine to affect the 2016 election back in 2017."
"It's not our fault that Joe Biden, Hunter Biden got wrapped up in the whole Ukrainian story," Johnson said. "We are not closing our eyes to this. And I have no idea why anybody would object to us obtaining records from a U.S. consulting firm run by former Clinton administration officials that is basically using Hunter Biden's name to strongarm the State Department to curry benefits for a corrupt Ukrainian oil company. So that's what we are trying to do here. But, our investigation and our oversight is much broader than just this Ukrainian story with Hunter Biden and even the DNC."
"We've also asked the National Archives to look for records of five meetings that occurred between January and June of 2016 between Ukrainian prosecutors, Ukrainian embassy officials, White House staff, DNC officials," Johnson said of the depth of the investigation.
In an interview earlier Wednesday, Johnson said, "if I were a Democrat primary voter I'd want these questions satisfactorily answered before I cast my final vote."
MARTHA MACCALLUM, FOX NEWS: The fact is as former vice president Joe Biden says there was no issue with any of this, then they shouldn't fear anyone looking into it. And, as you point out, these emails that were sent to the State Department are sort of, you know, wouldn't you please talk to the folks from this firm? By the way, Hunter Biden is on their board. Right? That's definitely a suggestion that that name really should open this door, right?
SENATOR RON JOHNSON (R-WI): Precisely. Of course, you have the news media saying there is no evidence of that's because they have never looked. So, Joe Biden has never adequately answered these questions. I've said repeatedly if there is wrongdoing the American people need to understand that. If there is no wrongdoing, or if it's not significant the American people need to understand that. But, Martha, again, the other things we are looking at, for example, we sent a letter working with Senator Grassley to Attorney General Barr asking him to declassify four footnotes that because they are redacted in the IG report really make parts of that IG report misleading.
We've also asked the National Archives to look for records of five meetings that occurred between January and June of 2016 between Ukrainian prosecutors, Ukrainian embassy officials, White House staff, DNC officials. We've gotten a response back from the National Archives that there could be a response in excess of 10,000 pages. We're just waiting for President Obama's counsel to release those to sign a waiver so we can get that information. So, again, our information is far broader, the American people deserve to understand what happened. They need to know the truth.