MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported this week that Donald Trump’s allies despatched the federal government pretend second units of Electoral Faculty paperwork in 2020 that falsely declared the then-president to be the recipient of the states’ electors.
“And it’s not like they, once more, created these paperwork to, like, maintain near their chest and fantasize that this had been the actual consequence. It’s not like they created these paperwork simply to maintain themselves, as a souvenir.”
“They despatched them in to the federal government as in the event that they have been actual paperwork,” she added.
The paperwork have been signed by Trump supporters who claimed to be the rightful electors in states that Democrat Joe Biden gained, though they didn’t have backing or sign-off from any election officers. The paperwork have been meant to problem the states’ official slates of electors, who represented the Electoral Faculty votes favoring Biden, with various lists of people that would again Trump.
The pretend paperwork from Georgia, Nevada, Wisconsin, Arizona and Michigan have been first posted in March by the federal government watchdog group American Oversight, however they obtained renewed attention this week amid the intensifying investigation over the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. Politico reported Monday that the Jan. 6 committee has obtained the cast certificates despatched in Arizona and Michigan by way of the secretaries of state for each swing states.
Maddow then cited a Dec. 28, 2020, letter drafted by Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Division worker who championed Trump’s efforts to overturn the presidential election. In it, he claimed there have been slates of electors supporting each Trump and Biden that had been despatched to Washington, D.C., two weeks earlier.
“That draft letter was dated Dec. 28. How did that man, that Trump man on the Justice Division, know that two weeks earlier, Republicans in no less than 5 states had, in truth, created these cast elector paperwork?” Maddow requested.
“Did the Trump Justice Division learn about it as a result of they helped Republicans in these states do it? We don’t know. However any person helped them do it, as a result of all of them filed the very same doc in the identical font, in the identical spacing, with the very same language. So any person helped them do it.”
Michigan Lawyer Basic Dana Nessel advised Maddow on air Thursday that the creation of the pretend paperwork had violated a number of state legal guidelines and was “completely” a matter for felony investigation. She stated her workplace had referred the matter to federal prosecutors.