Michigan AG Dana Nessel Reopens Investigation into Fake Trump Electors
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Fresh off the conviction and sentencing of two of the ring leaders in the attempted abduction plan against the Governor of Michigan to sentences of 20 and 16 years, respectively. Now is the time to bring to justice everyone who had a hand in creating the false electors.
Despite the fact that Special Federal Prosecutor Jack Smith appeared to be looking into the false elector plan, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has launched an inquiry into the 16 phony Republican electors who signed a certificate falsely stating that former President Donald Trump had won the state's 2020 election. Democrat Nessel had earlier recommended the case to federal prosecutors. MIAG Nessel, on the other hand, cited new documents released by a U.S. House committee as "clear evidence to support charges" against a group of 16 Michigan Republicans who signed a document submitted to the National Archives and intended to assist Trump supporters in illegally overturning the 2020 presidential election results.
"I believe that sort of action must go unpunished," Nessel was reported as saying by many news sites.
Attorney General Nessel announced at a news conference with the Democratic Attorneys General Association on Friday the second anniversary of the incident at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. She said her inquiry would run concurrently with a federal investigation of Trump's attempts to invalidate the 2020 election.
On December 14, 2020, the phony Trump electors gathered inside the Michigan Republican Party offices while Biden's electors took part in an official ceremony at the state Capitol. Biden won Michigan by three percentage points or 154,000 votes.
Nessel forwarded the case to the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan in January 2022, claiming that federal prosecutors were better positioned to examine what looked to be a concerted operation across many states.
However, Nessel said on Friday that she was "a bit concerned that nearly a year has elapsed" since her recommendation and was unsure what the federal government would do.
" We've seen overwhelming evidence from the Jan. 6 committee. I thought there was already a substantial amount of evidence in that case. But now, there is just clear evidence to support charges against those ... 16 false electors, at least in our state."
When asked what prompted Nessel to resume her inquiry, she said it was the recent publication of witness evidence and a report by the United States House Select Committee to examine the Jan. 6th assault on the United States Capitol.
According to the Detroit News, a document written by officials of the Michigan Republican Party in December 2020 that had never been made public before differed from the representations made in the certificate that the false electors had signed.
Laura Cox, the chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party in 2020, wrote a paper for Trump electors in which she seemed to recognize that Trump had not been proclaimed the victor of Michigan's election. However, the electors took part in the event, which resulted in a certificate claiming he had won the state's 16 electoral votes.
Cox spoke on the material she presented during her appearance before a House committee. This week, a transcript of the interview was made public.
Nessel is now sure that the voters may have broken state laws prohibiting the falsification of a public document and election-related forgery. Under Michigan election law, it is illegal to create or distribute a fake document " with the intent to defraud.."
The GOP electors signed a document claiming they "convened and organized" at the state Capitol, which they did not. After gathering at the state GOP offices, some electors traveled three blocks to the Capitol but were refused entry.
Three of the 16 Trump electors told The Detroit News on Thursday that they were unsure what they signed when they met on December 14, 2020.
Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot, one of the electors, said he couldn't remember how much paperwork he signed and assumed "it was a ceremonial thing."
Similarly, John Haggard of Charlevoix said that what the GOP electors were signing was not well conveyed. Michele Lundgren of Detroit claimed she believed she was signing her name on a sign-in sheet.
Republicans have already accused Nessel of politicizing the inquiry into electors. In November, Nessel was re-elected to a second four-year term as Attorney General.
Michigan GOP Co-Chairwoman Meshawn Maddock and Republican National Committeewoman Kathy Berden were among the high-profile Michigan Republicans who signed the phony electors' certificate.
Attorney General Nessel's pressure might assist Special Prosecutor Jack White's team of prosecutors in obtaining testimony to create a criminal case against Trump, his attorneys, and subordinates, including his former chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
Meanwhile, Fulton County prosecutor Fani Willis sought evidence and testimony concerning the fraudulent electors in Georgia before a Special Grand Jury convening in Georgia. The findings of that inquiry might be given in a matter of days. Willis could declare that she is proceeding with a normal ground jury based on the information found by the Special Grand Jury. Indictments could be announced within the next 30-90 days. She has promised to make a statement on whether she would pursue criminal charges early in the new year.