Speaker Johnson’s Top Policy Advisor Is a Former Lobbyist with Ukraine Ties, Report Reveals

House Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-LA) top policy advisor has ties to Ukraine, according to a new report.

Johnson’s sudden push to support Ukraine has led to backlash from Republicans.

Many in the GOP say the speaker is breaking a pledge to focus on America’s domestic priorities.

A report in Breitbart found that Johnson’s top policy advisor, Dan Ziegler, is a former lobbyist for corporations with interests tied to Ukraine.

For months, Johnson tied foreign aid for Ukraine with border security.

However, he has untangled the two issues under mounting pressure from Republican hawks and the White House.

The speaker is pushing for a vote Saturday on a $95 billion, multi-part foreign aid bill.

The bill has won backing from Democrat President Joe Biden.

Sources credited the speaker’s shift to the influence of Dan Ziegler and Josh Hodges, Johnson’s national security advisor.

“Mike used to vote differently,” an anonymous source told Breitbart. 

“What changed? Who’s he talking to now?

“That’s Ziegler and Hodges.”

Ziegler previously worked for Johnson when he chaired the Republican Study Committee and returned to Johnson’s payroll when he won the Speaker’s gavel.

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In the interim, Ziegler was a lobbyist at Williams & Jensen.

The firm’s clients include pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer, Merck, and Eli Lilly, as well as big financial firms like Vanguard and Visa.

Another client was Bloom Energy, a California fuel cell company that received $75 million in Biden tax credits.

The company has a direct stake in the conflict in Ukraine, which has benefited the Western “clean energy” industry.

With a handful of Republicans threatening to oust him, Johnson said this week that he would be willing to jeopardize his job to pass foreign aid for Ukraine – after he spent months blocking it.

The speaker spoke in lofty terms, saying, “History judges us for what we do.”

Despite Johnson’s soaring rhetoric, the actual reasons for his change of heart appear to be more calculated.

The proof may be in Biden’s glowing endorsement of Johnson’s foreign aid bill.

“I will sign this into law immediately to send a message to the world: we stand with our friends, and we won’t let Iran or Russia succeed,” Biden said.

It remains to be seen whether Johnson will actually lose his job.

However, in the eyes of many, Johnson has already been compromised by politics.

READ MORE – John Kerry: Public Would ‘Feel Better’ about Ukraine War If Russia Tried to ‘Reduce Emissions’

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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