The House January 6th Committee finally took aim at a Senate Republican during Tuesday’s public hearing by naming Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) as a player in Donald Trump’s fake elector plot.
The public hearings have presented damning evidence and witness testimony against Trump and his Republican supporters who incited insurrection and plotted to overturn the 2020 Election that President Joe Biden legitimately won. This includes the fact that several House Republicans begged Trump for pardons because they knew they were engaged in illegal acts.
Thus far, the hearings have mainly highlighted the activities of Trump, his inner circle, and House Republicans. But not long after Rick Wilson named several Senate Republicans whose own activities surrounding the attempt to overthrow our democracy haven’t been the focus, the committee finally named one.
As it turns out, Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) wanted to hand former Vice President Mike Pence the slate of fake electors in order to force him to declare Trump the winner and cause a constitutional crisis in the process. The revelation comes from text messages from one of Johnson’s top aides.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal:
“Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson wanted to hand then-Vice President Mike Pence official-looking documents falsely affirming former President Donald Trump won in Wisconsin and Michigan as Pence prepared to confirm Joe Biden’s win in January 2021, according to text messages revealed at a U.S. House hearing Tuesday. The Wisconsin document, signed by 10 Republicans who convened in the state Capitol on Dec. 14, 2020, was filled out on the same day the Democratic slate of Wisconsin electors met in the same building to deliver the state’s 10 electoral votes to Biden. The meeting of Republicans occurred after the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Biden had won the election.”
This evidence directly implicates Johnson in the conspiracy to overturn an election and obstruct congressional proceedings. Johnson, of course, denies it. He prefers to throw his aide under the bus by calling his staffer a liar. Well, it’s time for Johnson to testify under oath now. And he should certainly resign.
Furthermore, Johnson is obviously shaken by the exposure, as when he was asked by reporters about the revelations, he actually tried to fake like he was on the phone to avoid questions. That didn’t work and eventually, Johnson had to try to answer the questions lobbed by reporters — and failed miserably at that as well.
See the video of that below:
Again, Johnson is the first Senate Republican to be implicated by the January 6th Committee. There are likely several more. And the only way to hold them accountable is to name them, present the evidence against them, and pressure the Justice Department to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law for being the seditious traitors they are. Nothing less is acceptable.
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