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Ron Johnson tried to give fake elector information to Mike Pence, Jan. 6 committee says – WISN Milwaukee

Bombshell allegations surfaced Tuesday tying Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson to former President Donald Trump’s campaign to overturn the 2020 presidential election. During Tuesday’s Jan. 6 hearing, the select committee said a staffer for the senator texted a staffer for the vice president minutes before the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6 that Johnson wanted to hand-deliver to the vice president fake electors’ votes from Wisconsin and Michigan.A text message shows the vice president’s aide instructed them not to deliver the fake votes to the vice president.A group of Wisconsin Republicans secretly filled out papers claiming to be electors and declaring Trump the winner in Wisconsin.One of them was Andrew Hitt, the former chair of the Republican party of Wisconsin. Hitt sat for a deposition, which the committee showed Tuesday.”I was told that these would only count if a court ruled in our favor. so that would have been using our electors in ways that we weren’t told about, and we wouldn’t have supported,” Hitt said. Johnson’s spokesperson tweeted in response Tuesday, “The senator had no involvement in the creation of an alternate slate of electors and had no foreknowledge that it was going to be delivered to our office. This 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 did not. There was no further action taken. End of story.”Wisconsin’s Lt. Gov. and Democratic Senate candidate Mandela Barnes issued a statement, saying, “Ron Johnson actively tried to undermine this democracy. He literally tried to hand Mike Pence fake ballots. Once again, Ron Johnson has proven he’s a danger to our country and our fundamental rights. I’m calling for him to resign immediately.”

Bombshell allegations surfaced Tuesday tying Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson to former President Donald Trump’s campaign to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

During Tuesday’s Jan. 6 hearing, the select committee said a staffer for the senator texted a staffer for the vice president minutes before the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6 that Johnson wanted to hand-deliver to the vice president fake electors’ votes from Wisconsin and Michigan.

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A text message shows the vice president’s aide instructed them not to deliver the fake votes to the vice president.

A group of Wisconsin Republicans secretly filled out papers claiming to be electors and declaring Trump the winner in Wisconsin.

One of them was Andrew Hitt, the former chair of the Republican party of Wisconsin.
Hitt sat for a deposition, which the committee showed Tuesday.

“I was told that these would only count if a court ruled in our favor. so that would have been using our electors in ways that we weren’t told about, and we wouldn’t have supported,” Hitt said.

Johnson’s spokesperson tweeted in response Tuesday, “The senator had no involvement in the creation of an alternate slate of electors and had no foreknowledge that it was going to be delivered to our office. This 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 did not. There was no further action taken. End of story.”

Wisconsin’s Lt. Gov. and Democratic Senate candidate Mandela Barnes issued a statement, saying, “Ron Johnson actively tried to undermine this democracy. He literally tried to hand Mike Pence fake ballots. Once again, Ron Johnson has proven he’s a danger to our country and our fundamental rights. I’m calling for him to resign immediately.”

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