Rep. Ron Kind had harsh words for his Wisconsin colleague Republican Sen. Ron Johnson on Friday, calling for an investigation into his involvement in the state’s bogus electoral college in 2020.
During a Tuesday hearing, the House Inquiry Committee revealed Jan. 6 that Johnson’s chief of staff Sean Riley texted Vice President Mike Pence’s legislative director in late 2020 asking him to send an alternate list of voters from Wisconsin and Michigan, the Joe Bidens victories would tumble, the States had sent. Johnson has tried to deny or distance himself from the situation, recently claiming he only connected Riley to an attorney working with Donald Trump’s efforts to discard votes in the state.
Kind, a Democrat representing Wisconsin’s 3rd congressional district, reacted in disbelief to Johnson’s claims, insisting the senator was either “lying” or “incompetent,” reported WXOW 19 News.
“Listen, I’ve listened to Senator Johnson’s denial and explanation for all of this, and he’s either lying or he’s the most incompetent member of Congress,” Kind said. “That he would allow information to go to the vice president without him knowing what it is and how serious it is.”
Kind further claimed that Johnson could lie about what he knew to avoid serious charges that could prevent him from holding elected office. He also called for an investigation into what Johnson knew.
“I can understand why he’s trying to squirm and deny his involvement,” Kind added. “Because there is federal law prohibiting any incumbent from standing for re-election if he was directly involved in an insurrection or an attempt to overthrow the United States government… This, in my opinion, must be a matter that.” The Justice Department needs to look really closely and decide whether to proceed with these charges against Ron Johnson.”
On Friday, Johnson summed up his alleged involvement in attempting to hand bogus voters to Pence as a “two-minute roll.” He also spoke about the news he allegedly received about the situation during an appearance on a Conservative radio show Thursday, and insisted he was only aware of a document vaguely related to “Wisconsin electors.”
“It said, ‘I need to get a document on ‘Wisconsin electors’ to you and the vice president immediately. Is there a member of staff I can speak to immediately? Thanks, Jim,'” Johnson claimed. “So again, I need to get a document on the Wisconsin electors.”
news week reached out to Johnson’s office for comment.
Johnson’s denials also made him the target of late-night comedians, with Stephen Colbert calling him a “supplier” on Wednesday.
“So he has no idea where it came from, no idea who gave it to them, no idea what it is, but he can’t wait to deliver it to the deputy in person,” Colbert said. “It could have been anything in that envelope – he doesn’t care. Wrong voters, angry bees, naked pictures of Mary Todd Lincoln. Ron doesn’t care – he’s just a delivery boy.”
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