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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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Johnson questions FBI recommendation not to issue charges in Clinton email probe

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson Tuesday called Hillary Clinton's use of private email while secretary of state "unbelievably reckless" and questioned the FBI's recommendation not to issue charges.

Johnson said while he's not a lawyer, he questioned the difference between "extremely careless and grossly negligent," adding the latter is a crime.

He accused Clinton of using private email to circumvent public disclosure laws, saying she put the nation's security at risk.

"What's certainly known is Hillary Clinton was unbelievably reckless with our nation's national security, and now she's running for president," he told the Milwaukee Rotary. "I hope Americans have a very deep level of second thoughts."

Asked about Trump's tweet that "The system is rigged," Johnson said, "It certainly looks like there are two sets of standards."

Johnson, though, largely passed when asked about whether Trump has the judgment to be president.

"Any president is going to need extremely good advisers," said Johnson, who repeated the line word-for-word when asked the question again.

He also declined to comment on the effort at the national convention to block Trump from securing the nomination, saying he's not a political pundit and will not be a delegate.

"I've got a serious responsibility," said Johnson, chair of the Homeland Security Committee. "I'm focused on those things."

Johnson also said he is still giving "careful consideration" to the TPP and would not commit to making his position known before the fall election.

Johnson knocked those who had a "knee-jerk reaction" to the document, saying it's 6,000 pages long and he's "got some modesty in terms of how much I know." Johnson said "my opponent" and unions are opposed to it. But of the groups he's met with, only one farm group has registered its opposition, while all others have been strongly for it.

"I'll keep meeting constituent groups and will evaluate this until I have to take a vote," Johnson said.

Feingold spokesman Michael Tyler accused Johnson of ducking and dodging "his way through every question over his support of Donald Trump" and knocked his answer on the TPP.

"Sen. Johnson failed to connect with the people of Wisconsin today. The only thing he accomplished was reminding Wisconsinites that he's all Washington," Tyler said, echoing a line in a new TV ad the Feingold campaign began today.

Watch the luncheon:
https://youtu.be/DazJCeCuYz0

See the full Feingold statement:
http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=373840


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