A group of Michigan Republicans who signed false documents claiming to attribute the state’s electoral votes to Donald Trump could face federal criminal charges, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday.
Speaking on MSNBC The Rachel Maddow ShowMs. Nessel said her office has “been evaluating” the fees for signatories of ersatz voting certificates “for nearly a year.”
“I will say that under state law, I clearly think you have criminal record tampering, which is a 14 year offense, and election law tampering, which is an offense. five years, ”she said.
The forged document was signed by 16 people, many of whom would have been called upon to give their state’s electoral votes to Mr. Trump if he had won the popular vote in Michigan on November 3, 2020.
But Mr. Trump lost the state by a margin of 154,188 votes, garnering the support of 2,649,852 voters, against the 2,804,040 who chose Joe Biden.
Yet would-be Trump voters were not deterred by his loss, nor by the final certification of the election by county canvassing commissions. After being refused entry to the state capital in Lansing, the group held a forged signature of the forged documents outside the building. The false certificates were then forwarded to the National Archives, which rejected them and informed Michigan authorities of the forgeries.
Prospective Republican voters in several other swing states have also submitted forged documents similar to the archives, and several Trump administration officials have spoken publicly about the existence of the so-called “alternative lists” of fictitious voters in the days leading up to it. Mr. Victoire’s certification from Biden Electoral College on Jan.6.
Mr. Trump’s supporters had hoped the existence of the fake certificates would be reason enough for then-Vice President Mike Pence to send the presidential election back to the House of Representatives, where the GOP held an advantage. in state delegations. But Mr. Pence rejected that course of action and – after a pro-Trump mob tried to stop the process by storming the United States Capitol – ultimately presided over the certification of Mr. Biden.
Ms Nessel said her office decided to refer the case to federal authorities because the existence of the forged certificates raised the possibility of a larger plan being worked out by Mr Trump and his GOP allies.
“In light of the fact that … we have seen … different bogus voter lists from several different states in what appears to be a coordinated effort between Republican parties from various different states, we believe this is a question which is best investigated and potentially pursued by federal authorities, ”she said.
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