Following allegations that the document had been seized by Congress, the Republican National Committee official accused of sending a counterfeit election certificate pronouncing Donald Trump the winner of the 2020 election skirted inquiries.
“Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office provided the U.S. House committee that’s investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection a certificate, signed by 16 Republicans, falsely claiming Donald Trump won Michigan’s electoral votes,” The Detroit News reported Monday. “It remained unclear Monday whether the committee was specifically probing the GOP elector’s certificate. But the records indicate the panel is looking into the effort to overturn Michigan’s 2020 presidential election, a battleground state Democrat Joe Biden won by 154,000 votes or 3 percentage points.”
The materials were obtained through an open records request by the publication.
“According to a Dec. 14, 2020, memorandum, provided to the Jan. 6 committee, Kathy Berden, a Republican national committeewoman from Michigan, sent the GOP electors certificate to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. archivist, Benson’s office and, Robert Jonker, the chief judge of U.S. District Court for Michigan’s Western District,” the media outlet reported.
The publication enquired as to why the group had submitted the forged document.
“I can’t comment on anything like that. That was a long time ago,” Berden said.
Meshawn Maddock, the new Michigan Republican Party co-chairwoman, Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot, and Marian Sheridan, the party’s grassroots vice chairwoman, are reportedly said to have signed the agreement.
Thousands of records from state officials were obtained by lawmakers probing the Jan. 6 uprising, including counterfeit certificates pronouncing him the winner in both Arizona and Michigan. They also interviewed several witnesses, including the Democratic secretaries of state in both states.
“They mostly discussed election administration in Arizona, the 2020 elections, threats/harassment directed toward the office, and the Cyber Ninja’s partisan ballot review,” said a spokesperson for Arizona secretary of state Katie Hobbs.
Arizona sent a cease-and-desist letter to one of the pro-Trump “sovereign citizen” groups, whose leader met with Rudy Giuliani in December 2020, telling them to stop using the state seal and referring the case to the state attorney general.
“By affixing the state seal to documents containing false and misleading information about the results of Arizona’s November 3, 2020, General Election, you undermine the confidence in our democratic institutions,” Hobbs wrote to one of the pro-Trump groups.
A text message from then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger was among the emails, texts, and phone recordings obtained by the committee.
“Mr Secretary. Mark Meadows here,” reads the Nov. 19, 2020, message. “If you could give me a brief call at your convenience. Thank you.”
The committee also received an email from Raffensperger aide Jordan Fuchs to Meadows on Dec. 22, 2020, requesting that the White House official “clarify a few items” about absentee ballots, as well as emails between Sen. Lindsey Graham’s and Raffensperger’s offices showing how the GOP senator came to call the secretary of state about two weeks after the 2020 election.
“Hope you are doing well,” said a Graham staffer on Nov. 12, 2020. “Senator Graham has requested a call w/ Sec. Raffensperger at his earliest convenience.”