Madison, Wis. (AP) — Ron Johnson, an aide to U.S. Sen., told employees of former Vice President Mike Pence that Wisconsin Republicans want to hand over fake voter votes to Pence from his state and neighboring Michigan, text messages surfaced Tuesday. The House Select Committee meeting is looking into the January 6, 2021, rebellion revealed.
Johnson’s spokeswoman Alexa Henning shrugged off the texts after she first appeared publicly during a committee hearing in Washington, but didn’t deny that Johnson wanted to hand Pence a slate of fake voters.
“The senator had no involvement in the creation of the alternative slate of electors and had no foreshadowing that it would be delivered to our office,” Henning tweeted. “It was an employee for Staff Exchange. Their new Chief of Staff contacted the Vice President’s office. The Vice President’s office said not to give it to them and we did not. No further action was taken. End of story.”
Johnson had planned to object to Joe Biden accepting Wisconsin’s slate of 10 voters, who defeated Donald Trump on the battlefield by just 21,000 votes. But Johnson did not object after a violent uprising at the Capitol. Instead, he signed off on the objection of Arizona voters, which preceded the attack, but those voters later voted to accept.
Presented evidence showed a back-and-forth between Johnson’s aide Sean Riley and Pence staff member Chris Hodgson on January 6, 2021 at 12:37 p.m.
“JOHNSON NEEDED TO HAND SOMETHING TO VPOTUS PLEASE ADVICE,” Riley texted Hodgson.
“What is this?” Hodgson replied.
“Alternate slate of voters for MI&WI because the archivist didn’t receive them,” Riley wrote back.
Hodgson replied: “Don’t give it to him.”
Wisconsin Republicans meet at the state capitol on December 14, 2020, the same day as Democratic electors for Biden. They forwarded their votes for Trump to the National Archives, arguing that they were trying to preserve Trump’s legal options if the court overturned Biden’s victory.
Wisconsin’s bipartisan Election Commission declined to penalize fake voters, determining that none of the election laws had been violated. Fake voters are now being sued by a liberal law firm in Wisconsin that is seeking $2.4 million in damages.
Other evidence shown at Tuesday’s hearing indicated that Trump’s campaign team wanted Wisconsin’s fake voter paperwork to be taken to Washington.
“Trump wants to fool the idiots into having someone carry the original election letter for President of the Senate,” Mark Jefferson, executive director of the Wisconsin Republican Party, texted on Jan. Hell is going on.”
Johnson later met with Wisconsin lawmakers in 2021 to talk about dismantling the state’s bipartisan Electoral Commission and moving the GOP-controlled Legislature to handle presidential and federal elections.
Johnson’s Democratic opponents jumped at the revelation at Tuesday’s hearing and called on him to resign.
“Ron Johnson actively seeks to undermine this democracy,” Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes said in a statement calling for Johnson’s resignation. “He literally tried to hand over a fake ballot to Mike Pence. Once again Ron Johnson has proved that he is a threat to our country and our fundamental rights.
Other Democratic candidates, including State Treasurer Sark Godlevsky and Outgame County Executive Tom Nelson, made similar remarks calling for his resignation. Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Larry called Johnson a “traitorous traitor and a threat to our democracy” but stopped short of calling for him to resign, saying the only way for Johnson to go is if he leaves in November. get lost.
Nelson, who had previously called on Johnson to testify before the January 6 commission, said the revelations were “beyond anything I could have imagined how far Ron Johnson would go to reverse our Wisconsin election result.” ”
He called on the Justice Department to investigate Johnson.