Ron Johnson’s campaign paid law firm associated with January 6 election fakery scheme for ‘recount consultation’, FEC records show

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Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s Senate campaign has paid more than $20,000 to a Wisconsin-based law firm that played a role in former President Donald Trump’s efforts to nullify the state’s 2020 election , paying the firm for “legal advice,” including efforts for a possible recount, according to Federal Election Commission records.

According to FEC records, Johnson’s campaign made two payments to the Wisconsin-based law firm Troupis — a July 15 payment of $13,287.50 for “Legal Consulting,” and a later payment of $7,000. , dated July 18, for “Recount: Legal Consulting.” ”

The firm, which is owned by Wisconsin attorney Jim Troupis, was previously employed by the Trump campaign for recount efforts during the former president’s attempts to void the 2020 election and has been the target of subpoenas to appear recently issued by the Department of Justice probing January 6, 2021. , insurrection.

NBC News first reported on the Johnson campaign payments to the Troupis law firm.

The Johnson campaign defended its decision to retain Troupis’ legal services in a statement Monday to CNN.

“As anyone who works on campaigns in this state knows, close elections in Wisconsin are the rule, not the exception,” Johnson’s campaign spokeswoman Alexa Henning told CNN. “It would be unwise not to be prepared for every possible circumstance – and this campaign has been preparing for this for months.”

For his part, Johnson’s opponent, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, has retained the legal services of prominent Democratic election lawyer Marc Elias, according to documents filed by the FEC.

In an interview with local conservative radio host Vicki McKenna in June, Johnson said Troupis was responsible for providing his Senate staff with a list of bogus Wisconsin voters on Jan. 6, asking the Wisconsin Republican to hand over the list. to then-Vice President Mike Pence. of the session of Congress that day to certify Joe Biden’s election victory in 2020.

“I originally received a text message at 11:36 a.m. from [Jim] Thugs, and it’s just – I’m trying to find it real quick – and it said ‘Need to get a Wisconsin voters handout for you and the vice president immediately. Is there a member of staff I can speak to immediately. Thank you, Jim,” Johnson told McKenna.

Johnson fired after the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6 revealed in June that an aide to the senator had attempted to hand-deliver the fake voters list to Pence, but was rebuffed by vice staff -President. Johnson tried to downplay his role in the scheme, telling reporters his involvement only lasted “a matter of seconds.”

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