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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