Johnson says the alternate voters he tried to give to Pence on Jan. 6 came from Rep. Mike Kelly.
Johnson has repeatedly denied direct involvement in the alternate roster.
“We found out that this was from Congressman Mike Kelly’s Pennsylvania office,” Johnson said on a radio show.
Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson said Thursday that the office of Republican Rep. Mike Kelly give him a… “alternative” slate of voters of Michigan and Wisconsin who attempted to deliver his chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence’s office on January 6, 2021.
At the committee’s fourth hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 6, committee members announced the plan of President Donald Trump and his allies to provide Pence with an alternate list of voters ahead of the counting and confirmation of the presidential election at a joint session of Congress.
At one point, the commission showed a series of texts between Johnson’s chief of staff and a Pence legislative aide, in which the Johnson staffer asked the aide where to send the voter roll to Pence, saying, “Johnson needs to hand something over to VPOTUS. “
Pence’s assistant denied him and replied, “don’t give him that.”
Johnson has repeatedly denied being directly involved in the deputy voter scheme — his deputy chief of staff said it was simply a “staff-to-staff exchange.”
During a speech on Thursday’s Vicki McKenna show, Johnson scolded the House committee and its decision to show the text messages between his chief of staff and one of Pence’s legislative aides.
While defending himself during the radio hit, Johnson cited Kelly’s office as the origin of the push in his own office to give the slate to Pence.
“We found out that this was from Congressman Mike Kelly’s Pennsylvania office,” Johnson said on the radio show.
Johnson also pointed to a recent report from Just The News reporter John Solomon, who said a Trump campaign official had asked Kelly’s help to get the alternate list of voters to the vice president.
The report alleges that Kelly subsequently contacted Wisconsin attorney James Troupis, who knows Johnson, in an effort to aid the Wisconsin senator in the alternate voter plot.
When asked for comment, Johnson’s office pointed to a tweet from him from Thursday afternoon directing readers to read the Just The News report.
“The partisan witch hunt of the 1/6 Commission has been revealed,” Johnson said in a tweet. “They’ve smeared me with partial and incomplete information. This straightens the record. Like I said, it’s a NOT story driven by corporate media and complicit in spreading the Democrats’ lies.”
Kelly’s press secretary, Matt Knoedler, flatly denied Johnson’s claims in a statement to Insider on Thursday night.
“Senator Johnson’s statements about Representative Kelly are manifestly false,” Knoedler said. “Mr. Kelly has not spoken to Senator Johnson for the better part of a decade, and he has no knowledge of the claims Mr. Johnson is making regarding the 2020 election.”
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