Washington-Dozens of local and state Republican leaders who have shown loyalty Donald Trump By casting a fake voter vote for him a year ago, you may now face prison time in return for that dedication.
On January 6, 2021, the House Election Commission investigating the riots in the U.S. Capitol began investigating the origin of Joe Byden’s plans to send “alternative” votes to Congress from a slightly victorious state. Being elected and qualified “can face various state-level fees, as well as federal government fees ranging from fraudulent elections to postal fraud.
And in the two states, the Democratic Attorney General has openly called on the Department of Justice to take action.
“I think it’s important for the federal government to thoroughly investigate and prosecute illegal activity to encourage instigating conspiracies,” said Josh Kaul, Wisconsin Attorney General. ..
“This is a crime,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel told reporters earlier this month that calling the electoral college an “alternative” was detrimental and “counterfeit, counterfeit electoral college.” He added that it should be called.
In her state, 16 Republican officials and party officials filed documents claiming they had won the state, even though then-President Trump was defeated with 154,000 votes. “I believe this is an election fraud and many other crimes at both the state and federal levels.”
On Tuesday, US Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco confirmed to CNN that the Justice Department’s prosecutors were “looking at them,” but wouldn’t comment further.
In Arizona, 11 Republicans have filed documents that falsely claim to be state voters. Georgia had 16; and 6 Nevadas make up the remaining 59.
However, Georgia Republican Chairman David Schaefer said he and the other 15 Georgians who sent Trump a voter vote only to allow Trump to continue the proceedings alleging fraudulent votes. rice field.
“There was no reliable suggestion that something went wrong,” he told the HuffPost. “We made it very clear what we were doing. We did it openly and quickly.”
However, Georgia’s Republican candidate voters make it clear that they will in fact be “formally elected and qualified” voters only if the outcome is reversed by court opposition or other proceedings. I chose not to include words. Other states.
Five supporters of New Mexico Trump have submitted the following “certificates”:
And 20 Republicans in Pennsylvania further revealed that their paperwork would be invalid unless the November 3 election results were canceled in the state. “We signatories are ultimately recognized as officially elected and qualified voters as a result of final unappealable court orders or other procedures stipulated by law. With an understanding, “their paperwork has begun.
That proviso was key to the decision by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro not to prosecute 20 people. Said in a statement. “Their rhetoric and policies were deliberately misleading and deliberately damaging democracy, but based on our initial review, our office states that this meets the legal standards of counterfeiting. I don’t believe it is. “
According to Schaefer, Trump’s lawyer in Georgia told him and his group that the language changes they provided were fraudulent and other election “irregularities” in Trump’s law in state court. He said he would endanger the challenge.
“We were told not to change the format,” he said, but it’s the polling day of the Electoral College, explaining that Republican slate is being sent to Congress and the National Archives. December 2020 Pointed out an accompanying statement on the 14th of March. “Just to save [Trump’s] Rights under Georgia law. “
Still, the decision that the five Republican slate sent to Washington DC would not include those line-of-sight explanations in the actual document would be costly if federal prosecutors focused on Schaefer and 58 others. You may find that it takes.
Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said potential federal crimes included forgery, obstruction of official proceedings, fraudulent plots, and email fraud as materials were sent to recipients via postal services. Said that. More serious crimes can be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
“It’s not a complete list,” he said, and potential penalties are part of the people involved to provide information on how prosecutors organize plans and involve those planners. Added that it may help to get. “If the DOJs take advantage of them, they are much more likely to cooperate … All these people should be prosecuted yesterday.”
But even if it was deployed, the source of the plan was clear. The Trump White House was openly promoting it while external adviser Steve Bannon advertised on a podcast almost every day.On the actual day of the Electoral College vote, Top White House aide Stephen Miller I laid it out on the look of Fox News..
“As we’re talking, another slate of voters in the disputed state will vote and send their results to Congress,” Miller said.
Miller hung up on Wednesday when he was contacted by the HuffPost about the statement.
Nonetheless, the White House’s plans for these “alternative” slate were revealed in a note by lawyer John Eastman who presented it to Trump himself in the Oval Office. Vice President Mike Pence did not count either set and could not completely exclude those states because some states had “competitive” slate of voters. “At this point, Trump has 232 votes and Biden has 222 votes, after which Pence gives the re-elected President Trump a gavel,” Eastman wrote.
Playing cards Tweet During that period, he also repeatedly urged Pence to abuse his authority as chairman during the certification ceremony, suggesting that he was also fully aware of the alternative slate scheme.
“The Vice President has the power to reject illegally elected voters,” he mistakenly wrote on January 5.
“Many states want to revoke the mistakes they made in authenticating wrong or incorrect numbers in a process that hasn’t been approved by the legislature,” Trump said on January 6. I wrote in an early morning Twitter message.
Just hours later, at his rally prior to the violent assault on the Capitol, Trump made several false claims that Pence could give Trump a second term himself.
“If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election,” he told thousands of followers who urged him to come to Washington on that occasion.
Pence also revealed that he was aware of the scheme by modifying the script to deliberately ignore fraudulent protrump authentication when initiating a state roll call.
Instead of asking the designated tally manager to “count the votes cast by voters in several states and make a list,” as Vice President Biden at the time directed four years ago, Pence. “The voters in each state, including Alabama, are the only voting certificates from that state that MPs advised me, and the state with a certificate of appointment from the authorities of that state. Claims to be a return from, or confirm the voters. “
It inevitably ruled out fraudulent Trump slate, as only true voters had attached such a certificate.
The fact of the “alternative” slate is that the day was quickly consumed by a violent mob attack on the Capitol, which was intended to stop proof of elections altogether, followed immediately by the impeachment of Trump, who instigated it. Investigations into the attack, which disappeared until the Commission on January 6, began to refer to it in writing, which prompted new media interest in the certificate itself.
“When I had time to breathe, I said,’Oh, yes, it’s a pretty terrible criminal,'” Kirschner said.
Nessel, who introduced the case to a federal prosecutor two weeks ago, said it would be easier to investigate what appeared to be a conspiracy in multiple states, saying he would follow 16 Trump voters in Michigan. He said he wasn’t enjoying it. This includes state legislators and party officials, but if the Justice Department does not, she does.
“If I have to prosecute, I will,” she told reporters. “The biggest scam seems to have been done by those who claimed the scam in the first place.”
She added that treating fake authentication as a trivial matter would result in a completely wrong message.
“We can’t let people say. Look at what these 16 individuals did. They ran away with it. Nothing happened to them,” she said. “Maybe it will work next time. I can’t.”
This article was originally HuffPost It has been updated.