| Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In a contentious “Meet the Press” interview Sunday, Sen. Ron Johnson acknowledged that Joe Biden won Wisconsin but said it was still necessary to investigate unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.
He provided no evidence of voting irregularities during his interview with host Chuck Todd.
Johnson went on the popular Sunday morning talk show — an appearance cut short by Todd, who accused Johnson of spreading conspiracy theories — to explain why he is one of a dozen Republican senators who say they will object to certifying Electoral College results on Wednesday.
Johnson and the others are calling for a nonpartisan commission to investigate the results, which show Biden won by more than 7 million votes. He received 306 electoral votes.
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At one point, Todd pressed Johnson to say which candidate he believed won in Wisconsin.
“Vice President Joe Biden has won by 20,000 votes,” Johnson said, “but there were also issues in Wisconsin.”
Johnson did not say what those issues were.
The interview got heated when Todd accused Johnson and President Donald Trump of starting “the fire” of accusations of voter fraud with unsubstantiated evidence.
“You made an allegation that there was widespread fraud. You have failed to offer specific evidence of that widespread fraud. But you’re demanding an investigation on the grounds that there are allegations of widespread fraud,” Todd said.
“You’re the arsonist here. Donald Trump is the arsonist here. You’ve started this fire … And now all these people believe what you told them because you didn’t have the guts to tell them the truth, that this election was fair.”
Johnson replied that the GOP senators simply want to further investigate allegations of fraud.