VIDEO: Senator Ron Johnson on subjects from Jeff Sessions to town halls

Wisconsin's Afternoon News

Needless to say, Washington, D.C. has been interesting since January began.

A new administration with controversy surrounding it, with the same party as the executive branch running both houses of Congress in a decade, is all leading to dramatic changes in policy and in tone across the country.

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, took Friday from his job in Congress for work in his home state.

He appeared with Vice President Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday in Janesville.

"It was a really good listening session," said Senator Johnson during his live appearance on 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News" Friday.

"The owner of Blain's Farm and Fleet assembled local Janesville business people who asked very relevant questions of the Vice President. He listened, got their input on how important export markets are for farming, how crushing regulatory burden including Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) is on job creation, and deficits as well, how we grow our economy."

Johnson also spoke on issues including Vice President Pence's use of a private e-mail address while governor of Indiana.

"It's all within the law, within Indiana state law...this is much ado about nothing," said Johnson, who compared it to Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server as Secretary of State.
"You have the federal records law which applies to people in the executive federal government. State law is completely different."
"I've known Jeff Sessions now for more than six years. I don't think he has a dishonest bone in his body," claimed Johnson.
"I've read the testimony. I can understand how he answered that question that way. He's agreed to recuse himself on any kind of investigation as it relates to the campaign, which I think is appropriate. I think the issue should be over."
John Mercure also asked about a possible Senate run by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.
"That will be up to David Clarke to decide if he wants to run, and whoever else. I will support whoever the Republican nominee is. I will work hard to make sure I have a Republican colleague (from Wisconsin) in 2019," said Johnson.
Johnson also discussed the antipathy shown by those who don't support many Republican legislators in angry town hall meetings.
"I understand the passion. I respect the passion. That's the sound of democracy. In general, in my six years, I can count on my two hands the number of people who have come up to me and been kind of disrespectful. Otherwise, people have been very nice."
WTMJ has reached out for Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin to appear on Wisconsin's Afternoon News, and has reached out to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin for comment on this story.


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