MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — An aide to U.S. Senator Ron Johnson told former Vice President Mike Pence’s staff that the Republican from Wisconsin wants to bring people from his state and Fake electoral votes in neighboring Michigan handed to Pence, Tuesday texts show meeting House Select Committee Investigation On January 6, 2021, the riots appeared.
Johnson’s spokeswoman, Alexa Henning, downplayed the texts. public disclosure The committee’s first hearing in Washington did not deny that Johnson had wanted to hand over the fake voter roll to Pence.
“This senator was not involved in creating a replacement voter list and did not foresee it being sent to our office,” Henning tweeted. “This was an employee-to-employee exchange. His new chief of staff contacts Office of the Vice President. The Office of the Vice President said don’t give it to him, we didn’t. No further action was taken. End of story.”
Johnson had planned against accepting voters in states where he said the results were contested. He signed the disapproval of Arizona voters, which preceded the attack, but later voted to accept them. He did not object to accepting the Wisconsin ballot, but two Republican congressmen in the state did.
Evidence provided shows that an altercation occurred between Johnson’s aide Sean Riley and Pence’s staff member Chris Hodgson on January 6, 2021 at 12:37 pm.
“Johnson needs to give VPOTUS something, please advise,” Riley texted Hodgson.
“What is it?” Hodgson replied.
“Alternate voter lists in Michigan and Wisconsin because the archivist didn’t receive them,” Riley wrote back.
Hodgson responded: “Don’t give that to him.”
Wisconsin Republicans meet at the state Capitol on Dec. 14, 2020, the same day 10 Democratic voters awarded their votes to Biden, who won the battleground state by less than 21,000 votes. They forwarded their votes for Trump to the National Archives, saying they were trying to preserve Trump’s legal options in case a court overturned Biden’s victory.
Wisconsin Bipartisan Election Commission refuse to punish Fake voters, determined not to violate electoral laws.fake voters are now Indicted in Wisconsin By a liberal law firm seeking $2.4 million in damages.
Other evidence shown at Tuesday’s hearing suggested the Trump campaign wanted fake voters in Wisconsin to bring paperwork to Washington.
Wisconsin GOP executive director Mark Jefferson texted on Jan. 4: “Horrible Trump idiots want someone to send raw election documents to the president of the Senate.” They’ll call one of us and tell us what the hell is happening. “
Johnson met with lawmakers in Wisconsin later in 2021 and talked about dismantling the state’s bipartisan election commission and letting the Republican-controlled legislature take over presidential and federal elections.
Johnson’s Democratic opponents expressed dissatisfaction with the news at Tuesday’s hearing and called for him to resign.
“Ron Johnson is actively trying to undermine this democracy,” Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes said in a statement calling for Johnson’s resignation. “He really tried to send fake votes to Mike Pence. Ron Johnson proved once again that he is a threat to our country and our fundamental rights.”
Other Democratic candidates, including State Treasurer Sarah Goldlewski and Otagami County Executive Tom Nelson, made similar comments calling for his resignation. Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry called Johnson a “sedition and a threat to our democracy,” but did not call for his resignation, saying the only way for Johnson to leave is if he is killed in November. beat.
Nielsen had earlier called for Johnson to be subpoenaed to testify before the Jan. 6 committee, saying the revelations “beyond anything I can imagine for how far Ron Johnson will overturn our Wisconsin election results. .”
He called on the Justice Department to investigate Johnson.