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6 pro-Trump ‘fake electors’ indicted by Nevada grand jury

Nevada’s attorney general on Wednesday announced charges against six so-called fake electors who falsely claimed former President Trump won the state in the 2020 presidential election.

“When efforts to undermine trust in our democracy began after the 2020 election, I made it clear that I would do everything in my power to protect our nation and our state’s institutions,” Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford said in a statement. Stated. “We cannot allow this attack on our democracy to go unchecked.”

Six Nevadans are charged with filing a false document and providing a false means of uttering a document titled “2020 Nevada Electoral Voting Certification” for distribution to multiple government agencies, a felony. is being asked.

The pro-Trump electors indicted are Michael McDonald, Jesse Roe, Jim Degraffenreid, Durward James Hindle III, Sean Meehan, and Eileen Rice. The Nevada Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that they posed as “duly eligible” electors with the purpose of “disrupting the results of a free and fair presidential election.”

The alternate elector plan, led by Trump’s lawyers, would use former Vice President Mike Pence to certify pro-Trump slates of electors in battleground states rather than the true Electoral College votes cast for Biden. depended on it. He ultimately refused to do so on January 6, 2021 (election certification day), after which a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in protest.

In addition to Nevada, fake electors were called in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Wisconsin, claiming they were “duly elected” electors from each state. He is said to have claimed that he did not.

Michigan’s attorney general in July indicted 16 people for falsely representing themselves as the state’s “duly elected and qualified electors.” Investigations into fraudulent electors are underway in the state, New Mexico and Arizona.

In Georgia, three fake electors were indicted along with Trump and more than a dozen others in a massive extortion case for allegedly participating in a criminal organization designed to keep President Trump in the White House.

Kenneth Chesebro, the defendant in the Georgia case who pleaded guilty to a lesser charge as part of an agreement with Fulton County prosecutors, is cooperating with investigations in Nevada and Arizona.

Nevada’s plan to use an alternate slate of electors began four days before the 2020 election, with de Graffenreid, who was indicted as a sham elector, telling other state party officials Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske (R) said in a statement: “It may do many things, but sending in a Republican slate of electors who are clearly not winners of the popular vote is not one of them.”

Details from the months following Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election indicate that the former president and his closest allies may be involved in the state investigation.

According to the January paper, on December 11, 2020, Republican committee member De Graffenreid told then-Trump lawyer Chesebro, “The Trump-Pence campaign has urgently requested that Nevada electors vote on December 14th. I have been asked to contact you to arrange this.” .6 Final Report of the Committee.

McDonald, another of the accused fake electors, was arrested on November 4, 2020 by Trump, his son Eric Trump, former chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Trump’s longtime ally Rudy Giuliani. He took part in a conference call with members of the now defunct House of Representatives Committee on January 6, according to now-released deposition records.

“They went into full attack mode,” McDonald later wrote about the call in a text message.

Updated at 4:03 p.m.

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