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Ron Johnson troubled by whistleblower allegation of records 'lock down'

Sen. Ron Johnson has no issues with President Trump’s call with Volodymyr Zelensky. But he does have a problem with the allegation that records of the call were restricted.

In an interview, the Wisconsin Republican, pointed to a reporter’s copy of the whistleblower report, singling out Page 3, which alleged that White House officials treated records of the Zelensky call differently than other calls.

According to the whistleblower complaint, White House officials “had intervened to lock down all records of the phone call” and were directed to move electronic transcripts to a more secure electronic system.

“I would not be happy. We’ll find out exactly what transpired here. To me, of all this stuff, that’s the part that concerns me,” Johnson said. “I’ve been around the president enough [the call summary] is just classic Trump.”

“I was led to believe [that summary] was all that’s available,” Johnson added. “I would be a little upset to find out there’s a completely verbatim one.”

Johnson visited Ukraine this summer with Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and chairs a subcommittee on European affairs.

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