Johnson: I'm writing a letter to 'lay out what I know' about Ukraine aid

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGrassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa Sunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Democrats question GOP shift on vaccines MORE (R-Wis.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he will lay out in a letter his telling of events related to the foreign aid to Ukraine that was held up and is now a central part of the impeachment inquiry.

"I got a letter last night from Reps. [Jim] Jordan [R-Ohio] and [Devin] Nunes [R-Calif.] asking for, basically, my telling of events. I'll be working on that today. I will lay out what I know," Johnson said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." 


He said he won't be called to testify, but he will reply to his GOP colleagues' request to tell his version of what happened, "which is difficult to do in eight or 10 minutes on a show like this."

Johnson defended President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE and said Trump did not push Ukraine to publicly announce investigations before supplying the aid. 

Johnson said Trump "completely denied there is any kind of arrangement that Ukraine had to do something before he released that funding" when he spoke with him in August.

Johnson and Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week MORE (D-Conn.) were the bipartisan Senate team charged with delivering aid to Ukraine. 

Murphy told NBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddNFL Network's Rich Eisen says he has COVID-19 despite being vaccinated Newsmax host suggests vaccines 'against nature' Senate Armed Services chair: 'I think Kabul will hold' MORE that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky knew the aide was suspended on Sept. 5. At that time, Murphy said he didn't know of "all these back channels that were happening regarding this extortion campaign." 

"The president was trying to use the power of his office to influence the upcoming election," Murphy said.