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The Justice Department is investigating allegations of falsified certifications from the electoral college in 2020 that said Republicans were the voters who voted for Donald Trump and Mike Pence when in reality Democrats won and voted for President Biden and Vice President Harris, Fox has reported News confirmed.
Originally reported by CNN, the investigation is examining documents that drew attention due to the January 6 House Committee inquiry.
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“We received these referrals. Our prosecutors are looking into this and I can’t comment further on the ongoing investigation,” Assistant Attorney General Lisa Monaco told CNN.
Details of the DOJ investigation remain unknown, with Monaco only adding that the DOJ will “follow the facts and the law wherever they lead to address behavior of any kind and at any level that is part of an assault on our democracy.” “
Several reports have pointed to allegedly forged documents obtained by surveillance group American Oversight, including records of would-be Republican electoral lists in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, Georgia, New Mexico and Arizona.
American Oversight’s website calls the documents “fake ballot papers” for “false lists of pro-Trump electors.” Republicans from each of the states had made it clear that their intention was to reconcile voters should legal challenges to the election results bear fruit.
The Pennsylvania Certificate states that the Republican list assembled and voted “provided that if we are ultimately recognized as duly elected and qualified voters by a final, non-appealable court order or other process required by law[.]”
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In a press release, the Pennsylvania GOP said Republicans would act in conjunction with the Trump campaign.
“At the request of the Trump campaign, the Republican presidential electors met in Harrisburg today to cast a conditional vote for Donald Trump and Mike Pence for president and , declaration, respectively. Comfort said it was a “procedural vote to safeguard any legal claims that may be asserted in the future” and “in no way attempted to usurp or challenge the will of Pennsylvania voters.”
Similarly, then in Wisconsin, state GOP Chairman Andrew Hitt said that Republican voters met “in accordance with statutory guidelines to preserve our role in the electoral process, with the final result pending in court.” . The Georgia Republican Party said at the time that they had a Republican list because “the election campaign is still ongoing.”
Republican parties in New Mexico and Arizona both cited the 1960 election that certified Hawaii’s voters for Republican Richard Nixon only for the total number of votes that later indicated President John F. Kennedy won the state.
“Clearly, there is precedent for our December 14 meeting of Republican voters, even though Democratic voters for Arizona also meet elsewhere,” the Arizona GOP said in a December 2020 news release, noting how Democratic voters felt in 1960 at the same time met Republican voters did the same. “In the end, Hawaii’s electoral votes were awarded to President Kennedy, even though he won the state 11 days after his constituents voted.”
The New Mexico GOP said in December 2020, “Just as the Democratic electors met in Hawaii in 1960 while awaiting a final decision on that state’s ballot, so the Republican electors met this year on December 14 while we five electoral votes await a final New Mexico decision.”
In Georgia, Republicans also said they have their own constituency as “the campaign is still ongoing.” In Nevada, Republicans said they had provided their own list in case Congress had an opportunity to decide the election.
In Michigan there was local reporting about Republican voters trying to meet at the State Capitol to hold their own ballot. Attorney Ian Northon, who was reportedly with Republican lawmakers trying to get voters in, said the GOP sent papers to Congress “if the legislature decides to replace Democratic voters.”
Aside from the Republicans’ efforts, which they claimed at the time were part of their legal challenge, a separate group in Arizona has been accused of possible wrongdoing.
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As Politico reported earlier this month, a group identifying themselves as the sovereign citizens of the Great State of Arizona submitted an application paperwork with the Arizona state seal and a list of voters voting for Trump and Pence.
Arizona Secretary of State Katy Hobbs then sent a letter to the group’s leader, Lori Osiecki, urging them to “immediately cease unauthorized use of the Arizona state seal” and telling them that the matter would go to the attorney general’s investigation be referred.