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Justice Department: Prosecutors Looking at Fake Electoral Certifications for Trump, Possibly in Michigan

January 25, 2022, 4:24 PM by  Allan Lengel

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Ex-President Trump

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco tells CNN Tuesday that federal prosecutors are reviewing fake Electoral College certifications that declared former President Donald Trump the winner of states that he lost.

She doesn't give details, but Michigan is one state where authorities have pointed out fake certificates. Others are Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada and New Mexico.

"We've received those referrals. Our prosecutors are looking at those and I can't say anything more on ongoing investigations," Monaco tells CNN. 

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel recently said there’s “absolutely” enough evidence to charge 16 Republicans for submitting false certificates claiming Donald Trump won the 2020 election. MLive reports that Nessel has given federal prosecutors details of a year-long investigation into the Republicans who signed documents falsely identifying themselves as Michigan’s electors in December 2020.

On Tuesday, Nessel's Press Secretary Lynsey Mukomel said in a statement to Deadline Detroit:

"Our department still has an open investigation and we will continue to cooperate with the federal authorities as we pursue parallel efforts."

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Michigan Republican Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock

Posted images show that one of the 16 people in Michigan who signed the certificate is Meshawn Maddock, co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a close ally of Trump.

When asked by Deadline Detroit to comment, she said: "Sorry, I can't talk right now. Sorry about that." 

 


Read more:  CNN


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