Johnson staffer contacted Pence aide about hand-delivering fake elector slates, text messages show
A staffer for Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) texted an aide to then-Vice President Pence on Jan. 6, 2021 about hand-delivering fake elector slates to the vice president before the official counting of Electoral College votes, according to evidence presented by the select House committee at Tuesday’s public hearing.
In a video presentation produced by the Jan. 6 panel, investigative counsel Casey Lucier showed a text exchange between Sean Riley, identified as a staffer to Johnson, and Chris Hodgson, who served as an aide to Pence.
“Johnson needs to hand something to VPOTUS please advise,” Riley wrote to Hodgson just after 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 6, using the acronym for vice president of the United States.
After being asked what needed to be handed over, Riley told Hodgson: “Alternate slate of electors for MI and WI because archivist didn’t receive them.”
“Do not give that to him,” Hodgson replied.
Lucier, while showing the text message conversation, said Hodgson “unambiguously instructed them not to deliver the fake votes to the vice president.”
She then noted that Pence, despite the pressure, went through with certifying the Electoral College vote for President Biden.
“Even though the fake electors slates were transmitted to Congress and the executive branch, the vice president held firm in his position that his role was to count lawfully submitted electoral votes,” Lucier said.
During a short break from the hearing, the Jan. 6 committee’s chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), told CNN that the panel has “not yet” contacted Johnson.
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