Connect to Congress: Grothman on border wall, spending issues

U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-6th District, speaks during a Connect to Congress interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group Dec. 12, 2018, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (SBG image)

WASHINGTON (WLUK) -- As he prepares to begin another two-year term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-6th District, discussed several pressing topics in a Connect to Congress interview.

Russia investigation

On the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Grothman attempted to distance President Donald Trump from the probe.

"It was a new campaign. He maybe had some people involved in the campaign who didn't do good things and apparently they're being brought to justice," Grothman said.

Those people include former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that Cohen says was done at the direction of Trump.

John Kelly's departure

Grothman complimented the work John Kelly did as White House Chief of Staff. Kelly is leaving the job at the end of the year, leading observers to focus on who will replace him.

"There are a variety of people, I'm sure, who want that job -- it's a very powerful job -- and I'm sure Donald Trump will find somebody qualified to do that job," Grothman said.

Border wall and possible government shutdown

Grothman described Tuesday's meeting between Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as partisan. Grothman lamented the possibility of a government shutdown resulting from a dispute over funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

"It is so important to save money -- both all the health care that's going to the illegal immigrants, the education benefits, mucking up our criminal justice system, welfare benefits, it's just fiscally irresponsible not to build it," Grothman said.

Looking ahead to 2019

Grothman laid out his hopes for the next session of Congress, which begins in January.

"I hope we deal with something in the field of health care. I hope we make some progress toward spending a little bit less money. I hope that we make some progress on welfare reform," he said. "I hope to make some progress in helping the work centers in Wisconsin stay open."

Watch the full interview above.

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