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Michigan’s attorney general has called on federal prosecutors to launch a criminal investigation into 16 Republicans who filed false affidavits as state presidential voters despite President Biden’s 154,000-vote victory in Michigan in the 2020 election.
Democratic State Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office has been filing charges for about a year, but ultimately decided to refer the matter to US lawyers in western Michigan.
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“Under state law, I think you have a public record duplicate. It’s a 14-year felony and an election law forgery. It’s a five-year felony.” Said Nessel Rachel Maddow of MSNBC on Thursday.
But he said the Justice Department would be better suited to investigate and potentially prosecute 16 Republicans. The group includes some high-ranking members of Michigan’s GOP, including co-president Meshan Maddock.
The US attorney’s office in western Michigan declined comment Friday.
Nessel alleges that there was a “concerted effort” between Republicans in several battleground states, including Michigan, with duplicate documents called alternate slates of voters. He said he wants federal officials to make an assessment for possible fees.
“Obviously this is part of a larger conspiracy,” Nessel stressed.
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LBL reached out to the Michigan GOP but had not yet received a response at the time this article was published.
When Michigan voters cast 16 votes for Biden in December 2020 after their narrow victory in the state, a separate group of some Republican state lawmakers attempted to enter the state capital with then-President Trump’s electoral college candidates. He was dismissed by state police but claimed in the certificates that he met “at the State Capitol.”
Invalid certificates have been mailed to the US Senate, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and federal courts in western Michigan. Two Republicans did not sign the documents and they were replaced.
In the weeks following the 2020 presidential election, Trump and dozens of his allies were swept up in half a dozen states, including Michigan – where Biden narrowed Trump’s victory to a convincing electoral college victory. And then-Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department has never seen fraud on the scale that could turn an election.
Trump, 14 months after the 2020 election, continues to make baseless statements that the election is “rigged” and “stolen.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.