존슨: “I didn’t deliver it. We called them up. We called them up. He didn’t want it. We didn’t deliver it. End of story.”
라주: “But why did you even offer it without vetting it?”
존슨: “We got handed an envelope that was supposed to go to the vice president, 나는 몰랐다. So we called, we called up the vice president, he didn’t want it. We didn’t deliver it. It’s a non-story — guys this is such a non-story.”
Reporter: “Was that the first you had heard of it when you received the envelope?”
Reporter: “And who, do you remember who gave it to you?”
존슨: “아니, it was a staff-to-staff deal. 내말은, it apparently had Michigan and Wisconsin. I had no hand in any of it. 다시, 이, 이, this lasted a couple minutes in our office. Then the episode was over. And this — guys it’s a total non-story.”
라주: “Are you gonna ask your aides about who this person was? Have you asked–“
존슨: “We didn’t know — literally don’t — it was a staff to staff — somebody from the House, some staff intern, 알 잖아, said we got to, the vice president needs this or whatever. I wasn’t involved. I don’t know what they said. 그러나, 그러나, but somebody from the House delivered to a staff member in my office, my chief of staff called the vice president, ‘hey, we got this.’ And the vice president said ‘don’t deliver it,’ and we didn’t.”
라주: “Are you curious about the identity of this person? Do you want to ask about it?”
존슨: “아니. 아니, because there’s no conspiracy here. This is a complete non-story, 얘들 아. Complete non-story.”
그래서, according to Johnson, ㅏ “staff intern” from the House somehow got a hold of a fake slates of electors from two swing states and was trying to pass them to the vice president of the United States. 존슨, in this retelling, was wholly uninvolved.
Except, 잘, Johnson’s story started to change as the week went on.
목요일까지, 존슨은 말했다 that the fake elector slates had come from the office of Pennsylvania Rep
. Mike Kelly
. 과, Johnson also acknowledged
— in an interview with a local radio station
— that he had coordinated
, via text message
, with his chief of staff and Dane Count attorney Jim Troupis to make sure Pence got the Wisconsin fake elector slate
그러나, 기다리다, 더있다. Kelly’s office told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the congressman
“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
There’s a Grand Canyon-sized gap between Johnson’s initial explanation (a House staff intern sent something to his office and his chief of staff tried to pass it along to Pence) and his second story (the fake slate came from Kelly’s office and that he was on an email chain coordinating a way to get the documents in front of Pence).
그래서, which is it? Did Johnson know nothing about the fake electors that his office attempted to get to Pence? Or was Johnson part of a coordinated attempt to get those elector slates in front of the vice president?
어느 쪽이든, it’s certainly not a “complete non story.”