The Washington Post reports, Committee investigating Jan. 6 attack issues subpoenas to 14 bogus Trump electors in states Biden won:
The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob has issued subpoenas to 14 individuals who cast bogus electoral votes for the former president in seven states won by Joe Biden in 2020.
The move comes as two Democratic attorneys general have asked federal prosecutors in recent days to investigate whether crimes were committed in assembling or submitting the “alternate” Trump slates. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco this week confirmed prosecutors’ consideration of what she termed the “fraudulent elector certifications.”
In a statement Friday, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the select committee investigating the Capitol attack, said the panel had obtained information that multiple advisers to former president Donald Trump or his campaign had used the actions of the bogus electors to “justify delaying or blocking the certification of the election during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6th, 2021.”
“The Select Committee is seeking information about attempts in multiple states to overturn the results of the 2020 election, including the planning and coordination of efforts to send false slates of electors to the National Archives,” Thompson said. “We believe the individuals we have subpoenaed today have information about how these so-called alternate electors met and who was behind that scheme.”
He encouraged the 14 individuals to cooperate so that the committee can “help ensure nothing like that day ever happens again.”
The Arizona Republic reports, 2 Arizona Republicans who falsely claimed to be electors subpoenaed by Congress:
Two Arizonans who signed a document falsely declaring they were empowered to cast the state’s electoral votes for former President Donald Trump were subpoenaed Friday by a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
In Arizona, the chairperson was Nancy Cottle; the secretary was Loraine Pellegrino.
[T]he subpoenas sent to Cottle and Pellegrino said that the Select Committee wished to inquire “about your role and participation in the purported slate of electors casting votes for Donald Trump and, to the extent relevant, your role in the events of January 6, 2021.”
The subpoenas ask for the women to turn over documents relevant to the inquiry by Feb. 11, and that the two sit for depositions on Feb. 16.
Chairman Bennie Thompson wrote to Nancy Cottle:
Based on publicly available information and information provided to the Select Committee, we believe that you have documents and information that are relevant to the Select Committee’s investigation. For example, according to documents sent to the National Archives, you were a purported Electoral College elector who met with other purported electors on or about December 14, 2020 to cast votes for former President Trump and former Vice President Pence despite the fact that your state had made a final determination that Joseph Biden, Jr. and Kamala Harris were the winners of the November 2020 presidential election and the appointment of their electors had been certified.
Your delegation of purported electors for former President Trump and former Vice President Pence then sent an alleged “Certificate of the Votes” of the purported electors to Congress for consideration by former Vice President Pence, in his role as President of the Senate, during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021. The existence of these purported alternate-elector votes was used as a justification to delay or block the certification of the election during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.
The Republic continues:
The document that the Arizona Republicans signed, falsely naming themselves the state’s electors, was sent to the U.S. Senate and the National Archives, as well as the federal court in Phoenix and the Secretary of State’s Office.
Among those who signed were Jim Lamon, currently a U.S. Senate candidate; Jake Hoffman, a state representative; Anthony Kern, a former state lawmaker running for a state Senate seat; and “Chemtrails” Kelli Ward, the state Republican Party chair.
In a video posted to the Arizona Republican Party’s YouTube page on Dec. 15, 2020, the day after the signing ceremony, Ward explained that the 11 represented the state’s “true electors.”
“We believe that we are the electors for the legally cast votes here in Arizona,” she said.
Video evidence for the January 6 Committee and the Department of Justice lawyers investigating Trump’s fake electors plot:
The Signing. pic.twitter.com/6gPsfqrk7T
— Republican Party of Arizona (@AZGOP) December 14, 2020
Back to the Washington Post:
Ten of the subpoenaed individuals had gathered Dec. 14, 2020, the day of the electoral college vote, in the capitals of five states that Biden had won: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin. They declared themselves “duly elected and qualified” and sent signed certificates to Washington purporting to affirm Trump as the actual victor.
The remaining four individuals cast “alternate” electoral votes for Trump in Pennsylvania and New Mexico and sent certificates explicitly stating that they were to be considered only if the election results were upended.
At the time, Trump’s allies claimed that sending rival slates to Washington echoed a move by Democrats in a close race in Hawaii six decades earlier. They said they were merely locking in electors to ensure they would be available if courts determined that Trump had won any of those states.
But election experts have noted that unlike the Democrats in Hawaii in 1960, Trump had no plausible basis for challenging Biden’s clear and legitimate win in 2020. Multiple courts, recounts and audits have found no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Note: The Trump campaign and “Chemtrails” Kelli Ward and the Arizona GQP and their unethical lawyers lost nine frivolous lawsuits, all dismissed for lack of any credible evidence.
The House Jan. 6 committee has issued dozens of subpoenas as part of its investigation into last year’s insurrection. This month, it subpoenaed members of Trump’s outside legal team who pursued and disseminated unfounded claims of mass election fraud, including Trump’s former personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, former White House aide Boris Epshteyn, and lawyers Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell.
The House Jan. 6 committee previously subpoenaed Trump lawyer and “coup memos” author John Eastman (CNN: “The White House’s plan for those “alternate” slates nevertheless was made clear in a “coup memo” by Trump lawyer John Eastman, who presented it to Trump himself in the Oval Office.”), and rogue DOJ assistant attorney general Jeffrey Clark, among the Coup Plotters.
“Trump fluffer” candidate for U.S. Senate, Jim Lamon lied about why he falsely claimed to be an Arizona elector:
Jim Lamon, who signed the document making the false claim on Dec. 14, 2020, said he understood he was only asserting himself as one of Arizona’s official electors in case the results were decertified.
“The Republican electors put forth a valid document that said, in the event that the election certification was overturned, there would be no excuse not to recognize those electors,” Lamon said during an interview that aired Sunday on KTVK-TV’s “Politics Unplugged” program.
The document Lamon signed contained no language that explained it was a backup plan.
CNN previously reported: “The fake documents from Pennsylvania and New Mexico ultimately contained caveats, but the documents from the other five states explicitly claimed, falsely, that the pro-Trump electors were the rightful electors.”
Rather, the document described Lamon and the other 10 signees as the “duly elected and qualified electors” from Arizona.
They were not.
Joe Biden carried Arizona. Gov. Doug Ducey certified the results in late November. Eleven Democrats met on Dec. 14, 2020, at the Phoenix Convention Center to sign the official Electoral College votes from Arizona that would be counted at a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021.
That same day, the 11 Republican electors, who were all listed on the 2020 ballot as those who would cast their vote for Trump should he win, met at the Arizona Republican Party headquarters.
That document was sent by registered mail to the U.S. Senate and the National Archives.
So at a minimum we are talking about forgery, mail fraud, Interference with or corruption of an election officer, possessing or presenting forged instruments with the intent to defraud, and I would argue the case that they are all co-conspirators in Trump’s seditious conspiracy (Coup Plot).
And let’s not forget that there was a second group of fake electors in Arizona in addition to these 11 future felons who also did the same thing, the Looney Tunes “Sovereign Citizen” Republican fake electors.
They all need to be charged, prosecuted and disqualified from ever holding political office.
Once again, we should not have to wait for the Department of Justice to prosecute the two groups of fake Republican electors in Arizona. Our partisan hack Attorney General Mark Brnovich aka “Nunchucks” (or is it numbnuts?) has an Election Integrity Unit (EIU) with a $500,000 budget to investigae and prosecute election frauds like this.
Brnovich has known about this election fraud and forgeries since December 2020, and he has done nothing to prosecute these criminals. This is part and parcel of the GQP culture of corruption in Arizona. By failing to investigate and to prosecute, the AG is engaging in a coverup of a crime committed by fellow Republicans to protect them, which includes at least one elected state Representative and a MAGA candidate for U.S. Senate. Their crimes are disqualifying to serve in public office. So is Brnovich’s corrupt coverup of their crimes – he is also a candidate for Senate – in a pathetic attempt to garner Donald Trump’s favor for his endorsement.
The Republican Party in Arizona is just a cesspool of corruption.