Meet the Press 04/01/2018 1:47

Johnson: Mueller was appointed ‘far too soon’

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Sunday he is “pleased” with the appointment of a federal prosecutor to investigate Republicans’ allegations that the FBI and Justice Department abused a surveillance program against a former Trump campaign aide.

“He is a disinterested U.S. attorney to work with the Office of the Inspector General,” the conservative senator told NBC’s “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd. “I think that’s actually the best case for the time being, because the Office of the Inspector General is somewhat independent of the [Department of Justice].”

A number of other conservatives are frustrated that Sessions refused to appoint a second special counsel to lead the investigation, as they had asked. Johnson joins a group that has warmed to Sessions’s decision.

Republicans say FBI and Justice Department officials misused their authority to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act order on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser.

Johnson also said special counsel…