Friday, July 15, 2022

Rep. Kelly staff member involved in 2020 false electors scheme

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania concluded an internal review into his office's potential involvement in the false elector scheme with few answers — finding only that staff members did not know about his former chief of staff's "reported actions," reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"To date, our current chief of staff has not found staff members to have prior knowledge of Mr. Stroia’s reported actions," Kelly's press secretary Matt Knoedler said, referencing Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's claims that former Kelly chief of staff Matt Stroia had a call with Johnson's team on Jan. 6 about giving them false elector paperwork from Wisconsin and Michigan.

"Further, Mr. Kelly is unaware of Mr. Stroia’s reported actions. We have closed the internal review," Knoedler added. 

The conclusion of the three-week internal probe offered little information about Kelly's alleged involvement in passing false elector documents to Johnson's team in the hours before Congress was set to certify Joe Biden's 2020 election victory on Jan. 6, 2021.

Johnson's office told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday that Johnson chief of staff Sean Riley had a two-minute phone call with Stroia, who was Kelly's chief of staff at the time, at 11:58 a.m. on Jan. 6 "about how Kelly's office could get us the electors because they had it."

Kelly has repeatedly denied involvement in the effort.

When asked by the Journal Sentinel if the investigation found that Stroia had contact with Johnson's office, Knoedler responded: "I cannot speak to the actions of Mr. Stroia as reported."

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