Democrat Senator Gary Peters of Michigan and Republican Ron Johnson of Wisconsin accused each other of lying during Senate hearings on possible irregularities in the 2020 presidential election. This was reported on Wednesday by the USA Today newspaper.
According to the publication, Johnson called Peters a “liar” when it came to matters concerning Hunter Biden, son of President-elect Joe Biden.
Johnson is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Peters is the committee’s chief Democrat.
At the start of the hearing, Johnson said the Senate needs to consider evidence of irregularities in the 2020 elections, despite the fact that supporters of President Donald Trump have not yet presented convincing evidence of widespread irregularities or fraud. Peters responded by saying that courts at various levels, including the Supreme Court, and dozens of officials disagreed with statements by Trump supporters that possible irregularities should lead to the cancellation of election certification.
President Donald Trump and his allies are trying to challenge the election results in Michigan and several other states, where the current head of state lost to Joe Biden. However, to date, numerous lawsuits, including an unprecedented lawsuit from the Texas Attorney General to overturn voting results in four “swing” states, have been dismissed by the courts.
During the hearing, Peters asked Chris Krebs, the former head of the Computer and Infrastructure Security Agency, about Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 elections with a disinformation campaign, and whether Russia and other rival states of the United States could now take advantage of “false claims of widespread rigging elections ”.
Johnson responded by saying he was “uncomfortable” hearing a Democrat speak about Russian disinformation, as Peters and other Democratic senators accused Senate Homeland Security Committee head and Senator Charles Grassley of “spreading Russian disinformation” when Republicans talked about that Biden Hunter is under investigation for “dubious millions of dollars in financial transactions.”
Raising his voice, Johnson said that recent press reports that Hunter Biden is under federal investigation over his taxes proved that Republicans were right about the president-elect’s son. Johnson said he could no longer sit and listen to the “false accusations” made by the Democrats.
Peters denied Johnson’s claim that he ever accused a Senate colleague of spreading Russian disinformation. Nonetheless, USA Today writes that last September, Gary Peters and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden released a report stating that Johnson and Grassley’s investigation into Hunter Biden was “flawed” and “based on Russian disinformation.”
“You have repeatedly lied to journalists that I was spreading Russian disinformation, and that was a clear lie. I told you to stop lying, but you continue to do so, ”- said the Republican, referring to a colleague on the committee. However, the Democrat accused Johnson of “partiality” and a desire to “voice his grievances.”