Rudy Giuliani and other Trump campaign officials were involved in overseeing efforts in December 2020 to nominate illegitimate voters in seven states, according to US media.
The news comes just days after the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot issued a subpoena to Mr. Giuliani.
CNN and The Washington Post, citing party leaders and campaign officials who wished to remain anonymous, reported on Thursday on steps taken by the Trump campaign to try to reverse Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 US presidential election.
Illegitimate voters were proposed in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, all states in which Donald Trump had lost elections.
Campaign officials lined up supporters to fill election slots and secured meeting rooms in those states for the fake voters to gather in December of that year, according to media reports.
An anonymous Trump campaign staffer with knowledge of the matter told CNN that Mr. Giuliani was “calling the shots.”
“It was Rudy and these misfit characters that started making the decisions. The campaign was throwing enough shit at the wall to see what would stick,” the former Trump campaign staffer told the News Network.
Mr. Giuliani reportedly participated in at least one call between Trump campaign officials and GOP state officials.
Meshawn Maddock, co-chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, was one of 16 bogus voters in the state who signed the illegitimate voter ballot certificates, according to CNN.
The news channel obtained a copy of a recording of a public event in which Ms Maddock claimed the Trump campaign had channeled efforts into voters.
“We fought to seat voters. The Trump campaign asked us to do it,” Ms. Maddock said at the event last week, according to the recording obtained by CNN.
Spokespersons for Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Trump did not respond to requests for comment, the broadcaster reported.
Representative Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Select Committee, had said Thursday that the panel was considering whether there was a larger conspiracy or involvement by the White House in creating or subjugating the fake voters.
He said it was a “concern”.
The subpoena issued to Mr. Giuliani also referred to his efforts to convince state legislatures to nullify the election results.
DC-based watchdog group American Oversight earlier in March last year obtained fake voter certificates from pro-Trump voters in those states.
The watchdog, in a Jan. 12 statement, said the forged documents were “a critical part of a coordinated, multi-state effort to cast doubt on the 2020 election and subvert the will of American voters.”
The statement also said that “none of the forged certificates contained any indication that they listed illegitimate voter lists.”
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