Wyden at KOIN talks whistleblower complaint, NRA

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Oregon Senator Ron Wyden stopped by the KOIN 6 News studios to discuss the latest national political headlines

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon Senator Ron Wyden visited the KOIN 6 studios on Friday to discuss the whistleblower complaint against the Trump administration and the latest NRA report.

Wyden described the complaint against President Trump regarding his phone conversation with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky as being “remarkably different than anything we’ve dealt with before with this administration.”

“All the other matters, like the Mueller report, in connection with the president involved, pretty much, 6 degrees of separation,” the senator said. “That’s not what’s going on here. This is one president to another, no buffers, and President Trump asked for a favor.”

Wyden said he’s the co-chair of the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus.

“I’m going to push very hard as a result of what we’ve seen to strengthen the whistleblower law. There are still too many gaps,” said Wyden. “I can tell you, my phone is ringing off the hook from whistleblowers who are frightened.”

Wyden also talked about a probe into the National Rifle Association carried out by Democrats in the Senate Finance Committee.

“The ‘R’ in NRA really stands for ‘Russian,'” said Wyden.

“When you look at this, in effect the run-up to the 2016 election … they lied repeatedly,” Wyden said. “They said, for example, this trip that was made in 2015 was just for trying to promote good relations between the United States and Russia.”

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