Election official in Georgia says he argued with his own family members while fighting election lies

US Senator Ron Johnson leaves after a vote at the US Capitol in August 2021. (Al Drago/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

The House Select Committee unveiled new information on Tuesday showing the role Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson played in promoting “fake” voters for Donald Trump on January 6, 2021.

A Johnson aide texted a staffer to former Vice President Mike Pence that the Wisconsin Republican wanted to hand-deliver ‘bogus’ voters to Pence just before the start of the 6th session of Congress. January to certify Joe Biden’s election victory in 2020.

The committee showed text messages that Johnson’s aide Sean Riley sent to Pence’s aide Chris Hodgson saying that Johnson “needs to deliver something to VPOTUS, please advise.”

“What is that?” Hodgson asked.
“Alternate voters lists for MI and WI because the archivist didn’t get them,” Riley replied.
“Don’t give him that,” Hodgson said.

After the hearing, Johnson told CNN he had “no idea” who had tried to get him to share the bogus Michigan and Wisconsin voters with Pence and he admitted he was aware of the request on the morning of January 6, 2021.

“I knew we had received this package and someone wanted us to deliver it, so we contacted Pence’s office,” he said.

When asked who tried to give him the alternate voters list, Johnson replied, “I have no idea.”

Messages between the aides, which have not previously been disclosed, show that Johnson was playing a role in the effort to come up with “fake” Trump voters who had not been certified by any state legislature.

The messages were exchanged just after 12:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 6, the committee said, minutes before Pence kicked off the joint session of Congress at 1 p.m. ET — and rioters began breaching the Capitol to disrupt the certification.

Chairman Bennie Thompson said the committee had “not yet” contacted Johnson amid revelations about his involvement in the bogus voter scheme.

“The committee has not made a decision” on whether to call him to testify, Thompson said.

When asked if the fake voter scheme was criminal, Thompson replied, “We’re just presenting the facts.”

CNN’s Manu Raju contributed to this post.

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