Testimony details ‘fake electors’ plan hatched by the Trump campaign, Sen. Ron Johnson involvement
The Jan. 6 Committee revealed a series of video depositions and documents Tuesday showing the Trump campaign’s efforts to gather “fake electors” and deploy them to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6.
“In this next segment, you’ll hear how President Trump and his campaign were directly involved in advancing and coordinating the plot to replace legitimate Biden electors with fake electors not chosen by the voters. You’ll hear how this campaign convinced these fake electors to cast and submit their votes through fake certificates, telling them that their votes would only be used in the event that President Trump won his legal challenges,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
“Yet when the president lost those legal challenges, when courts rejected them as frivolous and without merit, the fake elector scheme continued. At this point, President Trump’s own lawyers, so-called ‘Team Normal,’ walked away rather than participate in the plan. And his own White House counsel’s office said that the plan was not legally sound,” Schiff continued.
The video played by the committee revealed testimony by many officials within the Trump campaign and in the states who recounted the “fake electors” plan.
This included a Trump campaign lawyer named Kenneth Chesbrough who wrote a memo “arguing that the Trump campaign should organize its own electors in the swing states that President Trump had lost.”
The “fake electors” ended up meeting on Dec. 14, 2020 in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada and Wisconsin.
“At the request of the Trump campaign, the electors from these battleground states signed documents falsely asserting that they were the ‘duly elected electors from their state’ and submitted them to the National Archives and to Vice President Pence in his capacity as president of the Senate,” stated committee staff investigator Casey Lucier.
“Text messages exchanged between Republican Party officials in Wisconsin show that on January 4th, the Trump campaign asked for someone to fly their fake lectors documents to Washington. A staffer for Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson texted a staffer for Vice President Pence just minutes before the beginning of the joint session. The staffer stated that Senator Johnson wished to hand deliver to the vice president the fake electors votes from Michigan and Wisconsin. The vice president’s aide unambiguous, instructed them not to deliver the fake votes to the vice president.”
However, the video continued: “Even though the fake elector ballots were transmitted to Congress and the executive branch, the vice president held firm,” and certified the 2020 election results on Jan. 6, said Lucier.
Johnson’s spokesperson denied he had involvement in the creation of alternate electors.
“The senator had no involvement in the creation of an alternate slate of electors and had no foreknowledge that it was going to be delivered to our office. This was a staff to staff exchange. His new Chief of Staff contacted the Vice President’s office,” Johnson spokesperson Alexa Henning said in a tweet.
“The Vice President’s office said not to give it to him and we did not. There was no further action taken. End of story,” she continued.
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