Attorney General Dana Nessel says there is “absolutely” enough evidence of electoral fraud to accuse the 16 fake voters who tried to submit a 2020 Electoral College certificate to former President Donald Trump in December 2020.
The Democrat asked U.S. authorities last week to investigate the 16 fraudulent signatories in Michigan, as well as a major conspiracy that she believes spans several states. The select committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the US capital is also reportedly investigating the issue.
During a news conference Tuesday, Nessel said she is obligated to hold the Republican bill accountable if the federal government does not intervene.
Will fake Trump voters’ attempts to hijack the Michigan vote be punished?
“I feel convinced that we have enough evidence to prosecute if we decide to pursue it,” Nessel said. “I think it’s a better idea for FB to pursue this.… It’s not like we’ve made a decision that we certainly do not want to charge. I’m just waiting to see what it is, they decide to do. ”
In December 2020, Michigan’s Electoral College voted unanimously for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who won Michigan by more than 154,000 votes.
The 16 fraudulent signatories include Michigan RNC National Committeewoman Kathy Berden, who served as chairman; Michigan GOP Co-Chairman Meshawn Maddock; and Stan Grot, the Shelby Township Assistant at the center of a payout scandal at the Michigan GOP, alleged by former President Laura Cox.
Other signatories were: Hank Choate, Rose Rook, Mayra Rodriguez, Clifford Frost, John Haggard, Kent Vanderwood, Timothy King, Michele Lundgren, Marian Sheridan and Mari-Ann Henry. Two of the GOP delegates did not show up and were replaced. James Renner replaced Gerald Wall and Ken Thompson replaced former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land.
Some fake voters and Trump supporters tried to enter the Capitol building when the Electoral College voted for Biden, but were denied entry.
Nessel said she hopes the federal government investigates this because she has no jurisdiction over the six other states that had “apparently identical” fake certificates showing Trump as the winner. These states are Arizona, Georgia, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, all of which were won by Biden.
“It is clear to me that these were not independent rogue actors who were unknowingly doing the same thing as they had done in many other states,” Nessel said. “From a jurisdictional point of view, we believe it is important because it allows the federal authorities to determine if there was a conspiracy that was a multi-state conspiracy.”
Originally published January 18, 2022 on Michigan Advance. It is shared here with permission.
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