This seems to be old, from like right before Trump. The essence of the issue was that Johnson helped convert the young Matthew Heimbach, leader of the Traditionalist Worker Party, into Orthodoxy. When it became known that Heimbach was into pro white activism, the church leadership demanded that Johnson denounce Heimbach, appealing to the usual PR lines, plus to the argument of Phyletism. Johnson refused, not only on theological grounds, but on legal grounds. I read all his letters on the subject, they are (or were) posted on his site rusjournal.org.Note: I have no clue who Dr. Johnson is. I was curious on why he was "defrocked" so I had to look for his side of the story on what happened. I found this interesting post about a talk by Dr. Johnson on what happened. Apologies for derailing the thread - it help to clear the "defrocked" questions.
Matthew Raphael Johnson “Deposed” from the Orthodox Metropolia
There is an audio of Dr. Johnson's talk at the below link.
It was clear to me that that church yielded to pressure from one particular individual who seemed to me the resident mason. In the process I learned, through Johnson, that the doctrine of Phyletism was never approved by the majority of the church, including the Russian church, but was a political tool created on the spot (late 19th century) by Constantinople to keep the Bulgarians subject to them. So next time you hear that argument, keep this in mind (Wikipedia won't mention it). He documents so much of the low points around the EP, created by the fact of their subjection to the Turks, that you get to understand why the Greek churches are today where they are.
PS: Heimbach, like the majority of white-nationalists, ended up being a double agent. He crashed his own movement and likely sold out his followers. Johnson never mentioned him anymore anywhere.