Despite a Cease and Desist letter, Johnson has double-downed on rumors of an affair between Reps. McCarthy and Ellmers, but since no one cares for the truth anymore, there is no effective way to call his bluff.
Johnson is a hit man, ready to say anything about anybody. Johnson was involved in the suicide of the Tea Partier who got caught in last year's Mississippi nursing-home-pictures political scandal. Nothing like a taste of real blood to whet the appetite!
Who controls Johnson is anybody's guess, but whoever it is actually controls the Republican Party:
In the hours before House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) abruptly withdrew his candidacy to be the next speaker of the House, he received an email from a conservative activist threatening to expose an alleged affair with a colleague. The subject line: “Kevin, why not resign like Bob Livingston?”
The email, sent just after 8 a.m. on Thursday, came from Steve Baer, a Chicago-based GOP donor known for mass-emailing conservative figures and Republican lawmakers. It was addressed to McCarthy and numerous others, including the personal account of Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), whom conservative media sites have suggested is tied romantically to McCarthy.
...Baer urged McCarthy to spare his family and congressional colleagues the ordeal of the allegations being raised, and suggested that concealing an affair would be a national security risk because of the possibility of extortion.