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National Archives Received Forged Letters From Arizona & Michigan Declaring Trump Election Victory

National Archives Received Forged Letters From Arizona & Michigan Declaring Trump Election Victory

A new bombshell report indicates that the January 6th House Select Committee has obtained forged letters that were sent from Arizona and Michigan to the National Archives by two different pro-Trump groups that falsely declared Trump had won in those states in the 2020 presidential election. The Secretaries of State from both states have already sent the forgeries to the Committee.

Communications between state officials and the National Archives have also been shared with the panel. Democratic secretaries of state Jocelyn Benson of Michigan and Katie Hobbs of Arizona met with the Select Committee in November.

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Taking legal action against at least one pro-Trump group, Arizona sent a cease and desist letter to a Trump-supporting “sovereign citizen” group in which they told them to stop using the state seal, sending the issue on to the state’s 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,” Katie Hobbs wrote to one of the groups.

The group in Michigan that sent in a similar document didn’t use the state seal and state officials didn’t go further on the matter after the document was rejected by the National Archives.

The forged documents were obtained through a public records request and purport to show all of each state’s electors, 16 in Michigan and 11 in Arizona, casting their votes for Trump and Pence. The Arizona group that sent the forgery, called “AZ Protect the Vote,” is a sovereign citizen group. Because their letter included the state seal, the state sought legal action, referring the case to the attorney general and writing a cease and desist letter instructing the group to stop using the insignia. Lori Osiecki, who leads the group, told the Arizona Republic in Dec. 2020 that a meeting with Rudy Giuliani helped convince her to send the forgery. The Michigan group did not use the state seal.

Among other details, the January 6th Committee is looking into state-level efforts to overturn the election. The forged certificates of ascertainment are among “thousands” of records state officials have turned over to the committee. “We want to let the public see and hear from those individuals who conducted elections in those states,” Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MD).

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