The investigation into the illegal fake elector plot seems to be heating up. In 2020, after Donald Trump lost the presidential election, there was a scheme carried out in several states that he lost, in which slates of “alternate” (read: fake) electors were selected. They signed documentation like the real elecotrs, and the plan was, it seems, that they would cast electoral votes for Trump, if the opportunity could be created. Now, Federal law enforcement seems to be closing in on those who may have participated in the scheme.
Acording to the Nevada Independent, as warrants were being served in Georgia and Virginia on Wednesday, there were also two individuals targeted in Nevada.
One is Michael McDonald, the state’s Republican Party Chairman, whose phone was reportedly seized by FBI agents. State party secretary James DeGraffenreid was also sought in a second search warrant, but FBI agents were unable to locate him. There is also some indication that Nevada officials may be carrying out their own investigation of the scheme, though Attorney General Aaron Ford would not confirm this, only promise that it’s “on our radar.”
According to the Washington Post, there were also subpoenas served on some individuals who signed up as “alternate” electors in Michigan, although it’s not clear yet whether these were in a state-level investigation, or as part of the Federal investigation.
The “alternate elector” scheme is just one of several ways that the January 6th Committee is investigating, and the Justice Department can be presumed to be investigating as well, albeit less publicly, in which Donald Trump’s allies attempted to change the outcome of the 2020 election.
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