GOP senator: Congress needs ‘to move on’ from Russia probe

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonFauci calls Ron Johnson's AIDS comment 'preposterous': 'I don't have any clue of what he's talking about' Wisconsin senators ask outsiders not to exploit parade attack 'for their own political purposes' It's time to bury ZombieCare once and for all MORE (R-Wis.) said early Thursday that it’s time to “move on” from the investigation into Russia’s election interference to other issues like the debt and deficit.

During an interview with CNN’s “New Day,” Johnson said the investigation should have ended “months ago.”

“We have enormous challenges. You talked about the debt and deficit. We need to move on with those things,” Johnson told host Chris Cuomo.


The remarks from the Wisconsin senator come after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyFormer Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 Alarm grows over smash-and-grab robberies amid holiday season GOP blocks bill to expand gun background checks after Michigan school shooting MORE (R-Iowa) said he is moving forward with legislation aimed at protecting special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE from being fired by President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE, despite opposition from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers remember Bob Dole: 'Bona fide American hero' Senate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill Former Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 MORE (R-Ky.). Mueller is investigating Moscow’s election meddling and any potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and the Kremlin.

In addition to Mueller, two Senate panels — the Intelligence and Judiciary committees — are also conducting probes into the 2016 election interference. The House Intelligence Committee ended its investigation last month, despite protest from Democrats.

Johnson said he would like to see the special counsel probe “come to a conclusion” and expressed uncertainty over whether a bill protecting Mueller would withstand legal challenges.

“I would question the constitutionality of that type of law, but I’ll cross that bridge when it actually comes to the Senate floor, if it does,” Johnson said.

The White House said last week that Trump believes he has the power to fire the special counsel, who reports not to him but to the Justice Department.

The president tried to ease fears of such an ouster on Wednesday. 

“They’ve been saying I’m going to get rid of them for the last three months, four months, five months, and they’re still here,” Trump said from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.