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July 18, 2023 ~ Over a dozen Michigan Republicans are in legal hot water over a fake elector scheme to overturn the 2020 election results.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel leveled forgery-related felony charges against the group of Republicans Tuesday. A press release issued by Nessel’s office contends that the defendants, while falsely posing as state electors, signed an invalid document that attempted to validate former President Donald Trump as the winner of that year’s presidential contest in Michigan.
The 16 Republicans charged are either state GOP leaders or longtime party supporters.
July 19, 2023 ~ Leader of Investigations and White Collar Defense Practice at Honigman Law Matthew Schneider talks with Marie Osborne and Lloyd Jackson about former President Donald Trump possibly getting indicted again and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel leveling charges against 16 Republicans for trying to falsely certify the 2020 election.
(CONTINUED) Those charged are listed below:
- Kathy Berden, 70, of Snover.
- William Choate, 72, of Cement City.
- Amy Facchinello, 55, of Grand Blanc.
- Clifford Frost, 75, of Warren.
- Stanley Grot, 71, of Shelby Township.
- John Haggard, 82, of Charlevoix.
- Mari-Ann Henry, 65, of Brighton.
- Timothy King, 56, of Ypsilanti.
- Michele Lundgren, 73, of Detroit.
- Meshawn Maddock, 55, of Milford.
- James Renner, 76, of Lansing.
- Mayra Rodriguez, 64, of Grosse Pointe Farms.
- Rose Rook, 81, of Paw Paw.
- Marian Sheridan, 69, of West Bloomfield.
- Ken Thompson, 68, of Orleans.
- Kent Vanderwood, 69, of Wyoming.
The document, allegedly signed in the State Republican Party‘s basement, claimed that Trump was, “The duly elected and qualified electors for president and vice president of the United States of America for the state of Michigan.” This document was then sent around to state and federal officials in an attempt to overthrow Michigan’s election results, according to a press release from Nessel’s office.
President Joe Biden won Michigan by over 154,00 votes, which spawned multiple right-wing conspiracies that falsely claimed Trump won the state.
Leader of Investigations and White Collar Defense Practice at Honigman Law Matthew Schneider spoke on 760 WJR’s “JR Morning with Guy Gordon” about what arguments the defendants will make.
“Their defense(s) will likely be, ‘I did not have that intent. I did not know what I was signing,’” Schneider said.
Each defendant faces eight forgery-related charges, each carrying up to five or 14 years in prison.
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