Johnson of Wisconsin under fire for revealing fake voter

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MADISON, Wis. (UKTN) – An aide to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson told former Vice President Mike Pence’s staff that the Wisconsin Republican wanted to hand-deliver to Pence fake votes from voters in his state and neighboring Michigan, text messages revealed on Tuesday. House Select Committee meeting investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection showed.

Johnson’s spokeswoman Alexa Henning downplayed the texts after they were first publicly revealed at the committee hearing in Washington, but did not deny that Johnson had wanted to hand over in person the list of fake voters in Pence.

“The senator was not involved in creating an alternate voters list and did not know in advance that it was going to be delivered to our office,” Henning tweeted. “It was a staff-to-staff exchange. His new chief of staff contacted the vice president’s office. The vice president’s office said not to give it to him and we didn’t. No further action was taken. End of the story.”

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Johnson had planned to oppose voter acceptance in states where he said the results were disputed. He signed the Arizona voters’ objection, which occurred before the attack, but then voted to accept those voters later. He did not object to accepting votes from Wisconsin, but two of the state’s Republican congressmen did.

Evidence presented showed a back-and-forth between Johnson’s aide Sean Riley and Pence staffer Chris Hodgson at 12:37 p.m. on January 6, 2021.

“Johnson has to hand something over to VPOTUS, please advise,” Riley texted Hodgson.

“What is that?” Hodgson replied

“Alternate voters list for MI and WI because archivist didn’t get them,” Riley replied.

Hodgson replied, “Don’t give him that.”

Wisconsin Republicans gathered at the state Capitol on Dec. 14, 2020, the same day 10 Democratic voters cast their votes for Biden, who won the battleground state by just under 21,000 votes. . They submitted their votes for Trump to the National Archives, arguing that they were trying to preserve Trump’s legal options in case a court overturns Biden’s victory.

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Wisconsin’s bipartisan Election Commission declined to punish the bogus voters, determining that no election laws had been violated. The bogus voters are now being sued in Wisconsin by a liberal law firm seeking $2.4 million in damages.

Other evidence presented at Tuesday’s hearing indicated that Trump’s campaign team wanted the bogus Wisconsin voters to transport the documents to Washington.

“Trump idiots want someone to send the original voter papers to the president of the Senate,” Mark Jefferson, executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, wrote on January 4. “They’re going to call one of us to tell us exactly what the hell is going on.

Johnson met with Wisconsin lawmakers later in 2021 and spoke about dismantling the state’s bipartisan Elections Commission and the GOP-controlled Legislature taking over presidential and federal elections.

Johnson’s Democratic opponents jumped on the revelation at Tuesday’s hearing and called on him to step down.

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“Ron Johnson actively attempted to undermine this democracy,” Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes said in a statement calling for Johnson’s resignation. “He literally tried to hand Mike Pence fake ballots. Once again, Ron Johnson has proven himself to be a danger to our country and our basic rights.

Other Democratic candidates, including State Treasurer Sarak Godlewski and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson, made similar comments calling for his resignation. Alex Lasry, an executive for the Milwaukee Bucks, called Johnson a “seditious traitor and a danger to our democracy” but refrained from calling on him to resign, saying the only way Johnson could leave is if he is defeated in November.

Nelson, who previously called for Johnson to be subpoenaed to testify before the Jan. 6 commission, said the revelations “go beyond anything I could have imagined how far Ron Johnson would go to overturn our election result in Wisconsin”.

He called on the Justice Department to investigate Johnson.

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