Fake Elector Scheme Dogs Ron Johnson
Wisconsin's senator now blames 'radical left' and won't say whether he's being investigated.
Even for Ron Johnson, who has courted countless controversies and conspiracy theories in the last year or so, the past week was a particularly bad one for him.
Last week, in a hearing of the January 6 committee, we learned that Johnson’s chief of staff was involved in trying to give a slate of fake electors from Wisconsin and Michigan to Vice President Mike Pence. Johnson’s top aide, Sean Riley, texted a staffer for Pence saying this: “Johnson needs to hand something to VPOTUS please advise.”
This seemed to directly involve Johnson in an attempted coup that could lead to criminal charges for some. (Eastman is now under investigation.) Worse, Johnson became a national laughingstock as a reporter trailed behind the senator, asking questions about this, and Johnson pretended to be on the phone. The reporter said he could see the senator’s cell phone screen and he clearly wasn’t on the phone, which had national commentators laughing about the entire incident.
Could the situation possibly get any worse for Johnson? It could.
By Thursday Johnson had a new story, claiming the slate of fake electors had come from the office of Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly, as the Journal Sentinel reported. And why would a Pennsylvania congressman be passing on fake electors from Wisconsin and Michigan? Johnson didn’t really explain that one and Kelly soon obliterated Johnson’s claim with this salvo: “Senator Johnson’s statements about Representative Kelly are patently false… Mr. Kelly has not spoken to Sen. Johnson for the better part of a decade, and he has no knowledge of the claims Mr. Johnson is making related to the 2020 election.”
For that matter Johnson himself destroyed the image of him being an innocent bystander, telling Madison radio station WIBA-AM on Thursday that he had coordinated with his chief of staff and attorney Jim Troupis (a former Dane County judge) by text message to get to Pence a document that Troupis described as regarding “Wisconsin electors.”
“We need to get a document on the Wisconsin electors to you for the VP immediately,” Troupis told Johnson at 11:36 a.m. Jan. 6, 2021, according to texts provided to conservative media outlet Just the News. “Is there a staff person I can talk to immediately. Thanks Jim T.”
Juicy stuff. Could it get even juicier? It could.
Instead of letting the controversy die down, Johnson did just the opposite, appearing on Friday at the Wisconsin Statewide Election Integrity Summit, a Republican effort to continue pushing the Big Lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, and declared that Troupis is a victim of the “radical left” who needs to be supported, as the State Journal reported. “The latest victim is Jim Troupis — there are so many victims of the radical left that need to be supported,” Johnson declared.
Johnson also stood up for Cleta Mitchell, the attorney and Bradley Foundation board member who was involved in Trump’s infamous call to Georgia election officials, where he asked them to find 11,000 more votes for him so Joe Biden‘s victory in Georgia could be overturned. Mitchell is also coordinating events like the Wisconsin Election Integrity Summit across the nation, to build an army of conservative election zealots to challenge the next presidential election, as Urban Milwaukee has detailed. “Cleta Mitchell is a hero,” Johnson declared.
But Henning “did not directly answer two questions about whether Johnson has been interviewed by the FBI or subpoenaed by any law enforcement entity,” the paper noted.
Wisconsin Democratic congressman Ron Kind blasted Johnson on Friday, saying the senator was either “lying” or “incompetent,” and called for an investigation into what Johnson knew. And you can bet there will be attack ads painting Johnson as a conspirator by dark money liberal groups.
Urban Milwaukee has reached out to Johnson’s office to ask whether he is under investigation or being subpoenaed, and will update this story if there is any response.
- Senator Agard Statement on Senator Knodl’s Continued Relitigation of the 2020 Presidential Election - State Sen. Melissa Agard, Senate Democratic Leader - Aug 29th, 2023
- Report Calls For Criminally Charging State’s Fake Electors - Henry Redman - Dec 19th, 2022
- Vos Withdraws Subpoenas, Ends Gableman Probe - Henry Redman - Aug 30th, 2022
- Judge Blasts Gableman Probe, Deleted Records - Henry Redman - Aug 17th, 2022
- Vos Fires Gableman, Ends Election Probe - Shawn Johnson - Aug 14th, 2022
- Judge Orders Gableman To Pay $163,000 In Legal Fees - Rich Kremer - Aug 2nd, 2022
- Prosecute 2020 Fake Electors, Advocates Demand - Erik Gunn - Aug 1st, 2022
- Trump Calls For Nullification of Wisconsin’s 2020 Election - Henry Redman - Jul 12th, 2022
- Legal Fight Over Gableman Probe Keeps Growing - Shawn Johnson - Jun 30th, 2022
- Back In the News: Fake Elector Scheme Dogs Ron Johnson - Bruce Murphy - Jun 28th, 2022
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