Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) explained this week why his chief of staff had offered to deliver fake electors to then-vice president Mike Pence on January 6, 2021, and later he blamed a Republican congressman.
The House select committee presented text messages between Johnson's chief of staff, Sean Riley, and Pence aide David Hodgson offering to have the senator hand deliver documents signed by unlawful electors from Michigan and Wisconsin, and the GOP senator said on Thursday that those documents came from Rep. Mike Kelly's (R-PA) office.
Kelly, a Pennsylvania Republican, filed a lawsuit after Trump lost arguing that mail-in voting violated the state constitution, and he asked a court to disqualify all mail-in ballots or, alternatively, disqualify every ballot cast and substitute a slate of electors chosen by the GOP-controlled General Assembly.
Pence's office told Johnson's chief of staff not to deliver the fraudulent documents on Jan. 6, 2021, shortly before Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election win.
“I had no idea this was even going to be delivered to us. It got delivered staff to 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,” Johnson said earlier this week.
UPDATE: Through his spokesperson, Rep. Kelly calls Sen. Johnson's comments "patently false."
\u201cNew twist: Spokesperson for Rep. Mike Kelly now DENIES that office is the source of alternate electors obtained by Sen. Johnson's office. Allegations called "patently false." https://t.co/N4jOWQsTAE\u201d— Anthony Adragna (@Anthony Adragna) 1656021325