Michigan AG charges 16 fake electors for Donald Trump with Felonies

Michigan AG charges 16 fake electors for Donald Trump with Felonies

The Michigan Attorney General filed felony charges against 16 fake electors who allegedly helped former President Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 election result in the state.

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Michigan AG Charges 16 Fake Electors For Donald Trump With Felonies

On Tuesday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that she had filed felony charges against 16 Republican fake electors who falsely claimed that then-President Donald Trump had won the 2020 election, despite Joe Biden‘s victory in the state.

Michigan is one of the seven battleground states where Trump’s supporters signed certificates falsely stating he won Michigan and not Biden. Since then, the Attorney General and the House committee investigating the January 6 attack in the U.S. Capitol began investigating this matter.

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In her recorded statement, Nessel said, ” The 16 people being charged in Michigan allegedly met in the basement of the State’s Republican party headquarters and signed multiple certificates claiming they were the duly elected and qualified electors for President and Vice President of the United States for the state of Michigan.”

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The attorney added, “That was a lie. They were not the duly elected and qualified electors, and each defendant knew it.”

She said that some electors tried to deliver the false documents to the state Senate but could not. Later, the documents were sent to the U.S. Senate and the National Archives so that then-Vice President Mike Pence would overturn the election results using the electoral slate.

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Michigan AG charges 16 fake electors for Trump with Felonies
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Nessel, a democrat, charged all 16 people with 8-counts felony charges, including 2-counts of forgery, 1- count of conspiracy to commit forgery, 2-counts of election law forgery, 1-count of conspiracy to commit election law forgery, 1-count of publishing a counterfeit record, and 1-count of conspiring to publish a counterfeit record. The charges carry a maximum punishment of 14 years imprisonment.

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The 16-charged people include former co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party, Meshawn Maddock, the head of the Republican National Committee’s chapter in Michigan, Kathy Berden, and Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot.

Nessel said in a statement, “The false electors’ actions undermined the public’s faith in the integrity of our elections and, we believe, also plainly violated the laws by which we administer our elections in Michigan.”

Nessel initially referred the case to federal prosecutors at the Justice Department. But she reopened the state investigation in January. Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith is also involved in the investigation of a fake electors plot, and some of them have testified to his grand jury.

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One of those charges, John Haggard, 82, of Charlevoix, said on Tuesday that he didn’t believe he did anything wrong. Another charged individual, Michele Lundgren of Detroit, said she thought she was signing an attendance sheet for a meeting. She said, ” I didn’t even know what an elector was, let alone a fake elector. ”

Maddock referred to the charges as ‘political persecution’ and said, “The country and judges would put a stop to this to restore our judicial system. ‘

Maddock noted, “The democrats know they cannot beat Trump in 2024, so they have to use lawfare to try to imprison their opponents.”

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