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Johnson says he won’t recuse himself from Trump impeachment

October 29, 2019 GMT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says despite his close involvement in Ukraine issues at the center of an investigation into President Donald Trump, he won’t recuse himself if there is a Senate impeachment trial.

Johnson tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a story published Tuesday that he would “never even consider” stepping aside. He says, “I represent the people that elected me. Those individuals deserve a voice and my vote in the process.”

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Johnson also says he would be “happy” to provide his firsthand knowledge of events and conversations involving Ukraine to U.S. House members conducting the impeachment probe. The Democratic-led investigation centers on whether Trump improperly pushed Ukraine officials to investigate Trump’s Democratic political rival, Joe Biden, and Democratic activities in the 2016 election.

Johnson has a unique role in the probe because of meetings and conversations he had related to Ukraine as chair of the foreign relations subcommittee on Europe and a member of the Senate’s Ukraine Caucus.