Ron Johnson now says he helped coordinate efforts to turn over the fake voter rolls to Pence, but his new explanation drew a quick rebuke.

WASHINGTON. Initially saying he was “virtually unaware” of his staff’s attempts to hand over fake electoral papers to President Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson said Thursday that he agreed with Wisconsin’s attorney to hand over such information and said the congressman from Pennsylvania brought the fake voter rolls to his office, a claim that was immediately disputed.

Proof introduced this week by a committee of the US House of Representatives an investigation into the January 6 attack on the US Capitol found that Johnson’s chief of staff attempted to deliver the two-state rolls of fake presidential electors for former President Donald Trump to Pence on the morning of the US Capitol uprising, but was rebuffed by a Pence aide.

Johnson first told reporters this week that he did not know where the documents came from and that his staff tried to smuggle them to Pence.

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But in an interview Thursday on WIBA-AM, he said he has since discovered the documents came from U.S. Representative in Pennsylvania Mike Kelly and admitted to coordinating with Dane County Attorney Jim Troopy and his chief of staff via text message. that morning to get to Pence a document Trupi described as relating to “Electors from Wisconsin.”

Kelly’s office immediately dismissed Johnson’s claim, stating, “Senator Johnson’s statements about Representative Kelly are patently false.”

“Mr. Kelly hasn’t spoken to Senator Johnson for over a decade, and he’s not aware of the statements Mr. Johnson is making about the 2020 election.”

Johnson said Thursday that Trupi contacted him via text message on the morning of January 6, 2021, to give Pence a document on “Wisconsin voters.”

Johnson said he then introduced the lawyer to his chief of staff via text message to process the request. He said he did not know what the document was for.

In a story by conservative reporter John Solomon shared by Johnson on Thursday, Solomon reported that Kelly also called Trupy to pass voter papers to Pence that morning through Johnson.

Troupy, Dane County Attorney who represented Trump in reports on liberal Dane and Milwaukee counties and tried to throw out tens of thousands of ballots cancel Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, did not immediately respond to an email from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asking for comment.

In Solomon’s account of the events, a Trump campaign spokesman asked Kelly to provide Pence with an “alternative list” of voters. Kelly then called Trupi, who, according to the story, wrote to Johnson.

Trump campaign lawyer James Trupi speaks at a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

In response to Kelly’s rebuke of Johnson, Johnson’s press secretary Alexa Henning told the Sentinel magazine Johnson that he “never said he spoke to Kelly’s rep, and John Solomon’s records do not say he spoke to him.”

“This is John Solomon’s independent report that Judge Trupi spoke to Rep. Kelly,” Henning said.

Ten Republicans who gathered at the Wisconsin State Capitol on December 14, 2020, signed documents falsely claiming to be President Trump’s electors and mailed those documents to the U.S. Archives and Congress.

Republicans have claimed they are filing paperwork in case Trump’s loss is reversed. Former Wisconsin GOP chairman Andrew Hitt told the committee Jan. 6 that he would not support using the documents to illegally cancel an election.

Earlier this week, Henning said that Johnson “did not participate in the creation of an alternative voter roll and did not know in advance that it would be brought to our office.”

“It was a staff exchange,” Henning tweeted. “His new chief of staff contacted the vice president’s office. The VP’s office said not to give it to him, and we didn’t. No further action was taken. End of history.”

Contact Molly Beck and Lawrence Andrea at molly.beck@jrn.com and landrea@jrn.com.

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This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Johnson now says he coordinated efforts to hand over the fake voter rolls.

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