During a press conference Tuesday, Nessel said she is committed to holding the slate of Republicans accountable if the federal government doesn’t intervene.
“I feel confident that we have enough evidence to charge should we decide to pursue that,” Nessel said. “I think that it’s a better idea for the feds to pursue this. … It is not as though we have made a determination that we are certainly not going to charge. I am just sort of waiting to see what it is that they’ll decide to do.”
In December 2020, Michigan’s Electoral College unanimously voted for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who won Michigan by more than 154,000 votes.
The 16 fraudulent signees include Michigan RNC National Committeewoman Kathy Berden, who served as chair; Michigan GOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock; and Stan Grot, the Shelby Township clerk at the center of a payoff scandal at the Michigan GOP alleged by former Chair 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 didn’t show up and were replaced. James Renner replaced Gerald Wall and Ken Thompson replaced former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land.
Some fake electors and Trump supporters attempted to enter the Capitol building as the Electoral College was casting votes for Biden, but were denied entry.
Nessel said she is hoping the federal government investigates this because she doesn’t have jurisdiction over the six other states that had “seemingly identical” false certificates showing Trump as the winner. Those states are Arizona, Georgia, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which were all won by Biden.
“It’s clear to me that this was not independent rogue actors that were unknowingly doing the same thing as they had done in many other states,” Nessel said. “From a jurisdictional standpoint, we think it’s important because it allows for the federal authorities to determine if there was a conspiracy that was a multi-state conspiracy.”
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The New York attorney general's office filed a motion Tuesday aimed at forcing former president Donald Trump to testify as part of an ongoing probe into his company's financial dealings.
In addition to the former president, the motion seeks to compel the testimony of his son Donald Trump Jr. and daughter Ivanka Trump, as well as the production of documents. According to a news release from the AG's office, "each of the individuals was directly involved in one or more transactions under review." The release notes that earlier this month, the Trumps filed a motion seeking to quash the interviews. Tuesday's filing by the AG's office opposes their motion.
"Since moving to compel the testimony of Eric Trump in August 2020, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has collected significant additional evidence indicating that the Trump Organization used fraudulent or misleading asset valuations to obtain a host of economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions," the release states. "While OAG has not yet reached a final decision regarding whether this evidence merits legal action, the grounds for pursuing the investigation are self-evident. The OAG filed today’s motion to get necessary testimony and evidence from high-ranking corporate personnel with close involvement in the events under investigation to determine, among other things, their relevant knowledge about those events."
Attorney General Letitia James said: “For more than two years, the Trump Organization has used delay tactics and litigation in an attempt to thwart a legitimate investigation into its financial dealings. Thus far in our investigation, we have uncovered significant evidence that suggests Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization falsely and fraudulently valued multiple assets and misrepresented those values to financial institutions for economic benefit. The Trumps must comply with our lawful subpoenas for documents and testimony because no one in this country can pick and choose if and how the law applies to them. We will not be deterred in our efforts to continue this investigation and ensure that no one is above the law.”
Jimmy Kimmel took aim at Mike Lindell on Tuesday night, after the MyPillow CEO claimed last week that two banks are cutting ties with him over fears of "reputational damage."
Kimmel's monologue featured a parody commercial for Lindell's new bank, MyBank.
"After years of searching I just couldn't find the right financial institution to fit my needs, on account of my ties to seditionists and attempts to overturn a U.S. election," Lindell, played by James Adomian, said in the ad. "So I made a bank of my own. I call it MyBank."
"Once we receive your dough, it will be stuffed into one of these luxurious cotton pillow cases, and carefully accounted for by my nephew Juno. Don't worry about security because no one would dare rob us because this whole place is rigged to blow," Lindell said, as Juno held up a detonation device.
"MyBank is the first financial institution to deal directly in human sperm," Lindell added. "Just fill up a jug and we'll save your baby gravy to ensure many future generations of patriotic caucasian Americans."
He added that MyBank is not backed by the FDIC because "we don't need no stinkin' government sniffing around our loot."
"Send all your dough. We're not clowning around," Lindell said, before the mention of clowns prompted Juno to activate the detonation device.
Kimmel also mocked Capitol rioters who reportedly called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office seeking to retrieve "Lost and Found" items from Jan. 6. He interviewed Samantha Sonnig, the fictional director of the Capitol Lost & Found, who went through a box of items that had been left behind.
They included "a lot of cargo shorts," "four dozen pairs of Oakley sunglasses," a fur QAnon shaman-style hat that turned out to be underwear, truck nuts, a Monster energy drink can converted into a PCP pipe, a confederate flag Jesus, and a piece of paper saying "Arest Warint for Mike Pense."
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