Republican Senator was arrested pretending to be on his phone to avoid questions about the January 6 riots


Ron Johnson's fake phone

A June 21 NBC News reporter challenges Senator Ron Johnson as he tries to dodge questions outside the US Capitol.MSNBC

  • Reporters found Senator Ron Johnson pretending to be on his phone to dodge the question.

  • After a committee hearing on January 6, a group was trying to ask Johnson a question.

  • The hearing included a text sent by Aide Johnson, who appears to be trying to overturn the 2020 elections.

Reporters called Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson for apparently pretending to be on his cell phone to fend off questions after a committee hearing on Tuesday, January 6. ..

Johnson was walking away from the Capitol building when a reporter tried to ask him about the evidence presented by the Commission.

Evidence included a text message sent on January 6, 2021. By his Chief of Staff Shawn Riley as an aide to Vice President Mike Pence at the time After a riot in the Capitol disrupted the process of proving Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 elections.

In a message, Riley told Pence’s aide, Chris Hodgson, that he wanted to give Pence a list of fake voters who were ready to vote for Trump instead, ignoring Biden’s victory. .. Hodgson rejected the request.

In exchange with reporters, including Frankoop of NBC News, Johnson claimed he was too busy on the phone to ask questions about his knowledge of the event.

“How much did you know about what your Chief of Staff was doing in the voter’s alternative slate?” Thorpe asked.

“I’m on the phone right now,” Johnson replied.

“No, no. I can see your phone. I can see your screen,” Thorpe said.

Johnson then laid down his phone, answered their questions, and dismissed the evidence as “non-story.”

Johnson claimed he was unaware of the message his aide sent and called it an “exchange between staff.”

“I basically knew you, didn’t know that,” he said.

At a hearing, the January 6 committee focused on the person behind a fake electoral college that was elaborate and sometimes chaotic.

The plan is to replace the voter slate sent by the state with those who, in order to reflect the vote there, ignore the legitimate consequences and instead agree to vote for Trump in the electoral college. Was included.

A A key figure in the plan was Republican lawyer John Eastman. Those who falsely claimed that Pence had the power to reject the January 6 elections paved the way for fake electoral colleges.

Pence objected, and certification continued after the riots collapsed.

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