Johnson now says he helped coordinate effort to get false slates to Pence as Jan. 6 hearing continues

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Ron Johnson now says he helped coordinate an effort to pass false elector slates to Pence

  • After initially claiming to be "basically unaware" of an effort by his staff to get fake presidential elector documents to Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Thursday he coordinated with a Wisconsin attorney to pass along such information.

  • He said in a Thursday interview on WIBA-AM that he had since discovered the documents came from Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, and acknowledged he coordinated with Dane County attorney Jim Troupis and his chief of staff by text message that morning to get to Pence a document Troupis described as regarding "Wisconsin electors."

  • Kelly's office immediately pushed back on Johnson's claim, saying: "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."

'Just say it was corrupt,' Trump told DOJ officials about 2020 election

  • Richard Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general, testified at the Jan. 6 hearing Thursday that Trump remained fixated on the same theme: "Just say it was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen."

  • Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark drafted a letter urging officials in six states won by Joe Biden - including Wisconsin - to submit alternate slates of electors favoring Trump, a strategy other administration lawyers rejected as "asinine" and potentially criminal. Clark refused to answer committee questions by citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

  • At least five House Republicans sought pardons from President Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, White House officials told the Jan. 6 committee. The GOP lawmakers – Mo Brooks of Alabama, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas, and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania – have denied wrongdoing and accused the committee of playing politics.

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