Donald Trump’s efforts to persuade individual states to proclaim him the winner of the 2020 election are being investigated by a House select committee.
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.
Rachel Maddow tonight is reporting on a bombshell story in Politico that's uncovered forged documents by Republicans in Wisconsin, Michigan & Arizona purporting to be the real Electors supporting Donald Trump in 2020 election.
These GOP forgeries appeared to have been coordinated
— Charles Campisi (@1813Doncarlo) January 11, 2022
“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.”
The House committee investigating the Capitol attack has gathered thousands of records from state officials as well as interviewed a number of witnesses in an attempt to track down former President Donald Trump’s attempts to sway the 2020 election, particularly in four key states where Joe Biden won the presidency. They’re preparing to share their work with the public, maybe as early as the spring.
Forged election documents sounds like a felony to me.
— Tim Hannan (@TimHannan) January 11, 2022
“We want to let the public see and hear from those individuals who conducted elections in those states,” select panel chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said. He went on to describe those witnesses as particularly important given their mandates to keep elections “fair and impartial” while hailing from one political party.
The extensive materials given to the Jan. 6 committee by state election officials are said to demonstrate the severity of Trump’s pressure campaign geared at the generally lower-level election managers. The emails, texts, and phone tapes also provide important context to previously reported events like Trump’s call to Georgia’s chief elections investigator and Mark Meadows’ contact with Georgia election officials.
"In exactly how many states did this happen? We previously knew of one; now we know of three.
Trump lost 25 states in 2020. How many of them included election opponents willing to send forged election-related documents to government offices?"https://t.co/LdYEqbVu5Y
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) January 11, 2022
The select panel asked states for any proof they could find to support Trump’s false election fraud charges, focusing its attention mostly on authorities in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. According to Thompson, these states discovered almost no evidence of fraud.