“I can see your screen”: Ron Johnson dropped out after saying he was on the phone to avoid January 6 questions

sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., Tuesday denied allegations that he attempted to replace the 2020 presidential roster with pro-Trump supporters, saying he had “no involvement” in the failed plan to reverse Donald Trump’s loss. to make.

The allegations first arose this week from text messages received by the Jan. 6 committee between Johnson aide Sean Riley and Pence’s legislative director, Chris Hodgson, according to Politics† Their never-before-seen exchange suggests the Republican senator wanted an alternate cohort of voters passed to Pence at the presidential certification ceremony on Jan. 6.

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Johnson “must hand something to VPOTUS, please advise,” Riley wrote to Hodgson just before the joint session.

“What is it?” asked Hodgson.

Riley replied, “Alternative voter lists for MI and WI because [the Archivist of the United States] have not received them.”

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

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But as Politico’s Kyle Cheney pointed out, the National Archives had… already received enough electoral votes from Michigan and Wisconsin by the time Riley wrote this. It’s likely, Cheney said, that the records “didn’t view the WI and MI voters as legitimate and therefore didn’t pass them on to Pence in the first place.”

“So it appears that RonJohn’s chief has either misled Pence’s staff — or misled himself — about whether the records received the fake voter certificates,” Cheney added.

On Tuesday, the Riley and Hodgson exchange was presented by the select committee at the fourth official hearing surrounding the Capitol riot. Johnson, for his part, has firmly denied being involved in the communications, saying he had “no idea” who was trying to implicate him in the illegal attempt.

“I was aware that we were getting this package and someone wanted us to deliver it, so we contacted Pence’s office,” he told CNN in an interview. “I was not involved in any alternate list of voters. I had no idea this was even going to be delivered to us, got staffed on the staff. My chief of staff did the right thing, contacted the vice president’s staff. They said they didn’t want it, so we didn’t deliver it.”

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Alexa Henning, the senator’s spokesman, echoed Johnson’s comments. “The senator was not involved in the creation of an alternate voter list and had no prior knowledge that it would be delivered to our office,” she tweeted. “This was a staff-to-staff exchange. His new chief of staff contacted the vice president’s office.”

Johnson has not yet been called to testify before the Jan. 6 committee, which confirmed to CNN that no decision has been made on the matter. When approached by a reporter after the hearing, Johnson falsely claimed that he was too busy on the phone.

Johnson is up for re-election in Wisconsin this fall.

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