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GOP Sen. Ron Johnson: Democrats "Sat By" During Nationwide Riots All Year, But Condemn Conservatives For January 6 Riot


Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said Sunday on FNC's "Sunday Morning futures" saying that he still has not seen what defense authorities knew about the January 6 riot at the Capitol Buiding:

JOHNSON: Well, first of all, I was disappointed that the joint committees that I was told are going to investigate this -- remember, I lost my chairmanship to Homeland Security with the new Congress -- that they were going to do a thorough investigation.

But they didn't even send their letter out to about 22 different individuals until February 4, which is one of the reasons I sent out a letter on January 21 to the two former and the two acting sergeant of arms of the House and Senate. And I have gotten no response whatsoever.

So, it would be far better if we were having this hearing on Tuesday with a lot of information being returned and testimony from the people that were involved, other than just news accounts. But, right now, we're going to be going into that hearing with what we have read in the newspaper and I guess what the House managers presented in, I don't even want to call it a trial.

There are so many parts of their case against the president that are just simply dishonest, the selective editing, editing out of context, that type of thing. So, we don't have the base of information I would like to have before I would go into a hearing.

But I guess this will be the first hearing. There will be a follow-up hearing. And I'm hoping we start getting some information from the people that were actually there and we get a full accounting of what actually happened.

BARTIROMO: So, what you're saying is that you don't have any documented testimony. And had you gotten answers to those letters that you sent, you would have had documentation and you would have known going in what would be covered.

You don't have that now?

JOHNSON: No, about the only thing we have seen is Steven Sund, who sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi detailing an awful lot of the actions he took, what due diligence he undertook prior to the events.

But we see conflicting testimony. There's apparently a branch of the FBI that got some pretty disconcerting warnings about this. But then, the day after that, there was a briefing the same day that FBI folks involved in a joint session, planning session, said there was really no suspected harmful activity.

People really were caught by surprise. This was not predictable. This was not foreseeable, as the House managers continued to talk about it. I just don't believe it was.

BARTIROMO: You have also spoken about this term that Speaker Pelosi has been using, and that is that it was an armed insurrection.

And I know that you have talked pretty widely about this, because there's in no way that you are downplaying what took place. In no way are you looking at this and saying that that's OK.

But the term armed insurrection, you think, is the wrong term. Why?

JOHNSON: Yes, I have been lambasted in the press pretty bad for just really saying what the president's defense team was talking about.

The fact of the matter is, when I hear armed insurrection, I think of firearms. I was just asking the question, well, how many firearms were confiscated? How many shots were fired? I know of one. And I will defend that law enforcement official.

One thing about conservatives, one thing about Republicans is, we are consistent in our condemnation of violence, of peaceful protests that turn into riots. We condemn it. We want to see those people that were involved in violent acts prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

That's not the same standard that the Democrats use that really sat by, in many cases encouraged the riots that occurred over the summer, where there was $1 to $2 billion of property damage, 12 to 19 people killed in those peaceful protests that turned to riots, no condemnation.

In fact, there was actually encouragement of that, for example, by the vice president, who encouraged people to donate to a fund that would bail out the rioters. How does that make sense?

So, the double standard, the unequal enforcement of the law is really what troubles an awful lot of people on our side of the aisle.
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