Ron Johnson praised the Racine County man who fraudulently called for absentee ballots to prove voter fraud.

Republican US Senator Ron Johnson.

For Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, the Racine County man who fraudulently solicited absentee ballots to prove voter fraud existed should not be prosecuted.

Instead, Johnson said Harry Waite should be called a “white hat hacker” for “attempting to expose a threat” to the system overseen by the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

“There was no malicious intent in what he did,” Johnson told reporters at an event in Milwaukee on Tuesday focused on border security.

Asked if Waiter should face felony charges, Johnson said, “I certainly wouldn’t prosecute him. I appreciate what he did. I think he did.” A service to the public that the WEC is obviously not concerned about.”

Wait, a leader of a Racine County-based group known as HOT Government that promotes false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, and others to reveal violations of the law Submit false information to obtain an absentee ballot.

Among those voted for by the group were Assembly Speaker Robin Voss and Racine Mayor Corey Mason.

Wait went into the MyVote system and requested that absentee ballots for Voss and Mason be mailed to his address.

Johnson said Wait’s actions should have forced WEC officials to turn off the function on the online system.

The WEC did not respond to the latest report, instead pointing to a previous statement by WEC administrator Megan Wolfe.

“Intentionally using someone else’s identity to subvert the system does not reflect a flaw in MyVote, but rather a flaw in that person’s behavior,” Wolff said, in part.

A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Justice said the investigation is “ongoing.”

Waite said in a telephone interview that he submitted the data to the attorney general’s office.

“I guess I’m waiting to see what the response will be,” he said.

Waite said Johnson’s comments “seem very complimentary considering you have to break the law to get attention from the WEC.”

In July, Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling revealed he was aware of Wait’s conspiracy, but accused state elections officials of not having a secure absentee ballot system.

Schmaling’s office later released a statement saying it had requested an investigation from the attorney general because the matter “is a statewide issue with statewide implications.”

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This article originally appeared on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Ron Johnson praises ‘white hat hacker’ who tried to prove voter fraud

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