Today’s January 6th public hearings revealed that Republican Senator Ron Johnson tried to deliver a slate of phony electors to Vice President Mike Pence on the morning of January 6th. This is a big deal, because the phony electors scandal is a criminal plot that’s reportedly under DOJ grand jury investigation. Now Johnson has responded to the scandal in a way that… doesn’t exactly help his cause.
In the wake of the hearing, Ron Johnson is now admitting that he and his office received the packet of fake electors and that they indeed tried to pass it along to Mike Pence’s office. But Johnson is claiming he has “no idea” who gave him the packet to begin with.
This means Senator Johnson is taking the position that an unknown person delivered a packet of fake electors to him, with instructions to give it to the Vice President of the United States, and so he tried to do precisely that – without even trying to find out who they were from.
This would be a completely nonsensical move, and is obviously a lie that makes him look like an idiot. It’s not clear why Johnson thinks that his lie helps him, other than that he’s obviously in panic mode. The real question here is why Johnson seems to be trying to cover for whoever sent him the packet of fake electors. At this point Johnson might be better off trying to cut a cooperating plea deal with the DOJ, while he still can.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report