The Arizona Republic reported Monday that Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) said that he had nothing to do with the fake electors from Arizona for then-President Donald Trump. According to him, he didn't even know about the fake electors until Monday morning, in 2022.
Documents obtained by American Oversight revealed that many Republican officials in Arizona were directed by Trump's campaign advisers and lawyers over the plot to overthrow the 2020 election with forged documents. At one point, Politico's Nicholas Wu obtained a cease and desist document that the Arizona state government sent to a sovereign citizens group trying to pass off the fake document with an official seal.
The Arizona Republic previously obtained text messages and other documents showing how White House officials and the Trump campaign were pushing Republican legislators to dismiss the results so that they could vote as a body to hand the election to Trump.
But according to Ducey, it's the first he's hearing of it. Dec. 14, 2020, the Arizona Republic reported on the 11 fake electors, even going so far as to quote Mesa resident Lori Osiecki, who was behind the effort. That expanded to national news, including the Fox networks.
At the same time, Ducey missed that Rudy Giuliani was pushing to keep the Arizona legislature in session to stop the 2020 election, Fox said at the time.
Ducey appeared to have missed reports in Dec. 2020, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs sent a cease-and-desist letter to the so-called sovereign citizens' group saying that the state requires people to get permission to "use, display or otherwise employ any facsimile, copy, likeness, imitation or other resemblance" to the state seal.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who is now running for U.S. Senate, is said to be investigating the 2020 election in Arizona. He hasn't announced any probe into the electors.
Ducey has not made a statement condemning the fraudulent attempt to overthrow the election.
"I'm going to leave that to the appropriate authorities," he claimed.
New Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin is begging Virginia parents to call his tip line to report teachers for teaching "divisive" subjects. While they called it a tip line, the office only revealed an email the press release: firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the Washington Post, the number hasn't been up long enough for activists to clog the line. When former President Donald Trump put up a tip line over voter fraud, he wasn't able to capture any actual cases of voter fraud, but the young conservative staffers were "traumatized" by obscene phone calls and pornographic imagery coming into the online reporting site.
"We’re asking for folks to send us reports and observations," Youngkin said, "help us be aware of … their child being denied their rights that parents have in Virginia, and we’re going to make sure we catalogue it all. … And that gives us further, further ability to make sure we’re rooting it out."
Youngkin admitted in a Fox interview that "critical race theory" isn't being taught anywhere in Virginia, despite making it a key component of his 2021 campaign.
Daily Beast reporter salary Matt Fuller, taking the word "divisive" literally, couldn't help but joke that he expects many reports on math teachers over multiplication.
Gonna be awesome when the tip line is overwhelmed by people complaining about how math teachers teach multiplication.https://twitter.com/rmc031/status/1485775829539991552\u00a0\u2026— Matt Fuller (@Matt Fuller) 1643080226
Politico researcher and reporter Nicholas Wu appeared on MSNBC Monday to reveal a detail buried in a recent report about the fake electors and the documents submitted to the U.S. National Archives from at least five states. Two other states provided the caveat that they would only be valid if the Democratic electors were struck down.
According to the documents obtained by Wu, due to a Freedom of Information Act request, the National Archives launched their own fraud investigation into the documents submitted to them claiming to be "elected" when they weren't. Not only did this happen in multiple states, but they even attempted to use an official seal of the state in documents that a Watergate lawyer said fell under "forgery" violations.
Speaking to Rachel Maddow, Wu explained that these federal probes add to state investigations and two attorneys general referring the fake electors to the Justice Department.
"This actually came as part of the public records request that you mentioned earlier, that I had filed with all of these different state secretaries of state offices," Wu explained. "And I came across emails from an official in the Inspector General's Office in the National Archives, who was asking the state officials in Arizona about these sovereign citizen electors, and saying that they were pursuing the case of election fraud and other kinds of misconduct."
He went on to say that when he asked the Archives about the matter that they declined to comment as it is an ongoing investigation.
Wu said that what stood out about the so-called sovereign citizens is that they used the official Arizona seal to make the documents look legitimate. That then prompted the state to send a cease and desist letter to their group.
See the interview below:
National Archives probes fake electors www.youtube.com