Fireworks exploded on Meet the Press on Sunday between host Chuck Todd and Sen. Rob Johnson (R-WI).

Johnson appeared on the show to discuss comments he made on Friday regarding President Donald Trump and Ukraine. Johnson took the interview in a different direction, which led Todd to blow his lid.

“Senator Johnson, please!” whined Todd. “Can we please answer the question I asked you instead of trying to make Donald Trump feel better here that you’re not criticizing him?”

Todd asked Johnson about a report from The Wall Street Journal. From The Daily Mail:

The Wisconsin Republican said in a report published Friday that he winced when the ambassador to the E.U. implied that Trump was withholding military aid to Ukraine and seeking that Ukraine look into matters related to U.S. elections.

‘At that suggestion, I winced,’ Johnson told the Wall Street Journal last week. ‘My reaction was: Oh, God. I don’t want to see those two things combined.’

‘Why did you wince and what did you mean by ‘those two things combined’?’ Todd asked in regards to the senator’s previous comment, which set Johnson off on a seemingly-unrelated rant.

Johnson defended Trump and tried to persuade Todd the media and Democrats should question former CIA Director John Brennan about former lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Johnson read some of the text messages between the former lovers, insisting an investigation has to happen about due to the possibility “the CIA planted a false story that Russia was supporting the Trump campaign.”

Todd wanted to know what that had to do with Ukraine. Johnson said it had everything to do with Ukraine.

Todd then retorted that he had “no idea why Fox News propaganda stuff is popping up here” and “no idea why we’re going here.”

It’s not a Fox News propaganda thing. Johnson and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have repeatedly asked the intelligence community inspector general to investigate possible CIA leaks.

After the back-and-forth, Johnson told Todd he did not want the story about Trump and Ukraine to be true. He also explained that Trump “vehemently, angrily denied it.”

 
 
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