Ron Johnson now says he helped coordinate efforts to pass the fake voter slate to Pence, but his new explanation elicited a swift rebuke.


Washington – Senator Ron Johnson said Thursday in Wisconsin after initially insisting that Vice President Mike Pence “basically doesn’t know” the staff’s efforts to obtain fake presidential college documents. Coordinating with a lawyer to convey such information, a Pennsylvanian state legislator brought a fake voter slate to his office. This claim was quickly challenged.

evidence Announced by the U.S. House of Representatives this week After investigating an attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Johnson’s chief official tried to bring to Pence a list of fake presidential electors of former President Donald Trump on the morning of the U.S. Capitol riot. Was rejected by Pence’s aide.

Johnson initially told reporters this week that he didn’t know where the document came from and his staff tried to transfer it to Pence.

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However, he said in a Thursday interview about WIBA-AM that he discovered that the document came from US Congressman Mike Kelley of Pennsylvania, Dane County lawyer Jim Troupis and his staff chief and his staff. I admitted that I made adjustments in the morning text message. Pence a document that the Republicans have described about “the voters of Wisconsin.”

Kelly’s office quickly pushed Johnson’s claim back, saying, “Senator Johnson’s remarks about Congressman Kelly are clearly wrong.”

“Mr. Kelly hasn’t spoken to Senator Johnson for most of the decade, and he has no knowledge of the claims Johnson makes in connection with the 2020 elections.”

On Thursday, Johnson said Trupis contacted Pence by text message on the morning of January 6, 2021 to obtain a document about the “Wisconsin electorate.”

Johnson then said he had introduced the lawyer to the White House Chief of Staff in a text message to process the request. He said he did not know what the document was or intended to achieve.

In a story by conservative reporter Jon Solomon shared by Johnson on Thursday, Solomon reported that Kelly also called Troupis through Johnson to get voters’ documents to Pence that morning.

With Torpis, a Dane County lawyer who represented Trump in the story of liberal Dane and Milwaukee counties. Trying to throw away tens of thousands of ballots He did not immediately respond to an email from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel seeking comment to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 elections.

In a recount of events by Solomon, Trump campaign officials asked Kelly to give Pence an “alternative slate” of voters. According to the story, Kelly then called Trupis, who sent a text message to Johnson.

James Trupis, a lawyer for the Trump Campaign, spoke at the Senate Department of Homeland Security.  A hearing of the Government Affairs Committee to discuss election security and the 2020 election process at Capitol Hill, Washington, Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

James Trupis, a lawyer for the Trump Campaign, will discuss the security of the elections and the 2020 election process at Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at a hearing of the Senate National Security and Government Affairs Committee. I will give a lecture.

In response to Kelly’s condemnation of Johnson’s allegations, Johnson spokesman Alexa Henning told Journal Sentinel Johnson that he “never said he had spoken to Congressman Kelly, and Jon Solomon’s report spoke to him. Did not say. “

“Judge Trupis spoke to Congressman Kelly in an independent report by Jon Solomon,” Henning said.

Ten Republicans convened at the Wisconsin State Capitol on December 14, 2020 signed documents falsely claiming to be Trump’s presidential voters and mailed them to US archives and Congress. Did.

Republicans alleged that they were submitting documents in case Trump’s loss was overturned. Former Republican chairman Andrew Hitt of Wisconsin told the committee on January 6 that he would not have supported the use of documents to illegally overturn the elections.

Earlier this week, Henning said Johnson “was not involved in creating an alternative slate for voters and did not anticipate that it would be delivered to our office.”

“This was an exchange between staff,” Henning wrote in a tweet. “His new Chief of Staff contacted the Vice President’s Office. The Vice President’s Office told him not to give it, and we did not give it. No further action was taken. end.”

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This article was originally published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Johnson now says he has coordinated efforts to hand over fake voter slate

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