Michigan to pursue fake election electors

Michigan's attorney general is asking the feds to investigate a number of Republicans who submitted false certificates indicating they were the state's presidential electors. If the allegation is true, the fake electors could face forgery charges.


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January 14, 2022 - 11:29 AM

Demonstrators stand outside the Capitol in Lansing during the Electoral College vote in Michigan on Monday Dec. 14, 2020.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general is asking federal prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into 16 Republicans who submitted false certificates stating they were the state’s presidential electors despite Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory in 2020.

Dana Nessel, a Democrat, disclosed Thursday that her office had been evaluating charges for nearly a year but decided to refer the matter to the U.S. attorney in western Michigan.

“Under state law, I think clearly you have forgery of a public record, which is a 14-year offense, and election law forgery, which is a five-year offense,” she told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. But the Justice Department, she said, is best suited to probe and potentially prosecute.

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