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Claire McCaskill: Ron Johnson is an 'embarrassing tool'

Former Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillThe Memo: Punish Trump or risk a repeat, warn Democrats GOP senators criticized for appearing to pay half-hearted attention to trial Hawley watches trial from visitor's gallery MORE (D-Mo.) lambasted her former colleague Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonMarjorie Taylor Greene's delay tactics frustrate GOP Democrats gear up for PR battle on COVID-19 relief Johnson says leaving office after 2022 'probably my preference now' MORE (R-Wis.) Tuesday morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," calling him an "embarrassing tool."

"Morning Joe" co-host Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough says comparisons of Capitol riot to summer protests irrelevant Scarborough: 'Pence is in fear for his life because of Donald J. Trump' Can the media regain credibility under Biden? MORE was talking about how President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE has continued to shake the hands of supporters, despite the recommendations from his coronavirus task force not to do so, when McCaskill steered the conversation to another topic: Johnson and his committee's investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE.

“Allow me to pop off on Ron Johnson here. What a joke! What an embarrassing tool!" she told Scarborough.

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"He is chairman of the Homeland Security Committee! Right? He has jurisdiction over coronavirus and the federal response. Is he calling a hearing? Is he trying to figure out why first responders’ tests aged on a shelf in the state of Washington until they were no longer good? Is he going to tell people why they can’t get the test? No," she continued.

"Even though it's not in his committee’s jurisdiction — the Judiciary Committee is not issuing subpoenas on Hunter Biden. The Foreign Affairs Committee is not issuing subpoenas on Hunter Biden. No! This joke, Ron Johnson, is actually politicizing a committee that right now should have one focus: What is going on with the United States of America’s federal response to the coronavirus? People should be really angry about this," McCaskill added.

On Monday, Johnson, chairman of Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, signaled that he would move forward with a vote this week on a subpoena that is related to his investigation into Hunter Biden and the Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings. Senate Democrats have openly opposed the probe and subpoena, but it is expected that the measure to authorize the subpoena will pass.

"We have conducted our investigations methodically, responsibly, and largely out of public view," Johnson wrote to committee ranking member Gary PetersGary PetersSenate rejects Cruz effort to block stimulus checks for undocumented immigrants Democratic centrists flex power on Biden legislation Alarming threat prompts early exit, underscoring security fears MORE (D-Mich.) in a letter, which was released on Monday. "We have gone to great lengths to receive briefings and review and verify all information received by the Committee before making any of it public.

Peters has asked for the committee to receive a classified briefing regarding the subject of the subpoena from the FBI before voting on the subpoena. However, the voted is scheduled for Wednesday.