Michigan’s attorney general charges 16 people in fake elector scheme

Michigan’s attorney general has filed charges against 16 residents involved in a fake elector scheme that falsely claimed Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election in the state.

The Charges: Michigan’s Attorney General has announced charges against 16 people involved in a scheme to falsely claim that Donald Trump won the state in the 2020 election.
* Those charged include former Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock. The charges faced include election law forgery.

Context: This fake elector scheme is part of a larger federal investigation into Trump and the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
* Special counsel Jack Smith is leading the broader investigation.

The Allegations: The defendants are alleged to have met secretly and signed false documents stating they were the official electors for President and Vice President of the United States of America for Michigan.
* These documents were then sent to the United States Senate and National Archives in an attempt to award Michigan’s electoral votes to the candidate they chose, instead of the candidates elected by the people of Michigan.

Reaction: Attorney General Dana Nessel expressed that the actions of the defendants undermined the public’s faith in the integrity of the elections.
* In her statement, Nessel highlighted that the false actions violated the laws by which elections are administered in Michigan.

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