Sunday Talk Shows

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

Sen. Ron Johnson (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 Trump 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 Murphy (D-Conn.) were the bipartisan Senate team charged with delivering aid to Ukraine. 

Murphy told NBC's Chuck Todd 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.