Critics need extra investigation of Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson relating to pretend elector proof | WUWM 89.7 FM

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican, is again on the political sizzling seat after proof that was submitted at Tuesday’s assembly of the Home choose committee investigating the assault on the U.S. Capitol final 12 months.

Casey Lucier, an investigative lawyer for the Home choose committee, describes the pretend elector proof, in a committee video proven Tuesday.

An investigative lawyer for the panel, Casey Lucier, offered recorded remarks describing how President Donald Trump’s re-election crew needed certificates filed in two states by pretend electors in December 2020, delivered to Vice President Mike Pence for counting of electoral votes on January 6, 2021.

Lucier mentioned Michigan was one state. And, Wisconsin the opposite, and she or he mentioned Johnson’s workplace was prepared to assist join with Pence.

“A staffer for Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson texted a staffer for Vice President Pence simply minutes earlier than the joint session. This staffer acknowledged that Senator Johnson wished handy ship to the vice chairman the pretend electors votes from Michigan and Wisconsin,” she mentioned on the committee video.

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Screenshot from Home choose committee video


This display screen seize from the Home choose committee video reveals the texts between Sen. Ron Johnson’s aide Sean Riley and Chris Hodgson, an aide to then-Vice President Mike Pence.

Lucier mentioned Pence’s staffer rejected the supply, and later that day, Pence helped affirm that Democrat Joe Biden had received Wisconsin and been elected president.

Senator Johnson’s workplace, in a tweet after Tuesday’s listening to, acknowledged: “The senator had no involvement within the creation of an alternate slate of electors and had no foreknowledge that it (the pretend elector’s certificates) was going to be delivered to our workplace. This was a workers to workers alternate [with Pence’s office.]”

Johnson’s workplace pointing the finger on the senator’s workers does not sit effectively with Jay Heck, govt director of Common Cause Wisconsin.

“His personal chief of workers texted the [legislative director of the] vice chairman. A staffer of that prime degree, and I used to be a staffer for a member of Congress in Washington, would simply not do this until their boss, on this case Senator Johnson, had data about that,” he tells WUWM.

Heck says the matter wants a radical investigation, and that Johnson ought to go earlier than
the January 6 committee. For now at the least, Heck says Johnson seems dangerous.

“You understand, in my 27 years as director of Widespread Trigger, it is actually essentially the most critical perversion of democracy that I’ve ever seen by a federal official, by a U.S. Congressman, or a U.S. Senator representing Wisconsin,” he says.

The revelation about Johnson comes as he faces what could also be a troublesome re-election bid this 12 months. Considered one of his Democratic opponents, Alex Lasry, calls the incumbent “a seditious traitor and a hazard to our democracy.” Candidates Mandela Barnes and Sarah Godlewski say they need Johnson to resign, and candidate Tom Nelson says Johnson was the “go-to man” for rebel.

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