What They’re Saying: Ron Johnson Investigates Terrorists, Feingold Plays Politics

Ron’s work to keep America safe is in sharp contrast to Senator Feingold’s so-called “plan” on national security

Ron Johnson continued his work on keeping local communities safe by sending a letter to the Justice Department to ask why Omar Mateen was taken off the terror watchlist before his attack at an Orlando nightclub. Check out what they’re saying on the contrast between Ron’s work to strengthen our national security and Senator Feingold’s “plan” to defeat ISIS that he consistently opposed when he was in Washington.

Ron is working to keep Americans safe and defeat radical Islamic terrorism:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson sent a letter Tuesday to the Justice Department’s Inspector General to ask why the gunman who attacked an Orlando nightclub was taken off the so-called terrorist watchlist. … For several months in 2013 and 2014, Mateen was on the Terrorist Screening Database. The FBI investigated his alleged ties to terrorism and he was taken off the list. Despite being interviewed again by the FBI in July 2014, his name was not put back on the list.”

Orlando Sentinel: “If gunman Omar Mateen had remained on the watch list after the FBI probes, federal officials would have been notified when he tried to buy guns before the Pulse massacre, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., wrote in the letter, made available to mediaWednesday. That alert could have prompted a new investigation, and ‘law enforcement potentially could have uncovered information on social media or elsewhere of Mateen’s radicalization,’ wrote Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Johnson’s comments are the latest in his quest to gain more information about the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, following other letters he sent to Facebook and Mateen’s employer, G4S Secure Solutions.”

Washington Examiner: “‘It is unclear how the FBI made the decision to remove Mateen from the TSDB, despite the concerns that had been raised and his previous false statements to the FBI,’ Johnson wrote. He also said if Mateen had still been on the list, authorities would have been alerted to his attempt to buy the guns he used in the shooting. Johnson also said the inspector general needs to examine whether the government needs to change the criteria for being put on the TSDB, and whether intelligence officials are getting enough information to make these decisions.”

Senator Feingold is failing to support the people and policies he says we need to defeat ISIS:

Daily Caller: “Former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, who is currently running for his old seat, released a campaign ad touting his plan to defeat Islamic State. He cast multiple votes against defense funding and limiting access to surveillance tools as a senator. … Feingold, who said the country should step up targeted attacks, sponsored legislation to do away with the F/A-18 Super Hornet, the aircraft used in the first airstrikes against ISIS.”

Media Trackers: “Sen. Russ Feingold, the Democratic Senate candidate in Wisconsin who is seeking to get his old job in the U.S. Senate back, is rolling out a new television advertisement and a ‘new’ plan to get ‘tough’ with the Islamic State terrorist group. But while Feingold’s rhetoric is tough, his record is beyond soft when it comes to national security issues. Some of the very things the now-macho Feingold claims to support for the fight against ISIS he opposed when the enemy was al Qaeda.”