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Feds serve subpoenas to pro-Trump fake electors in Michigan

By: - June 23, 2022 3:48 pm

Donald Trump Supporters march around the Michigan State Capitol Building to protest the certification of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States on January 6, 2021 in Lansing, Michigan. Trump supporters gathered at state capitals across the country to protest today’s ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. | Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images

Subpoenas are being doled out among the slate of Michigan Republicans who signed a fraudulent electoral certificate for President Donald Trump in 2020, an action that was part of the Trump supporters’ bid to overturn the results of the presidential election.

It is not yet clear how many of the 16 Republicans have been visited by federal agents with subpoenas. The New York Times has confirmed that Shawn Flynn, a Trump campaign aide in Michigan, is among them.

Trump’s campaign directed the fake Electoral College delegates in Michigan to submit the fraudulent certificate at the state Capitol on Dec. 14, when the Electoral College met to certify the state’s election results. 

Beyond Michigan, similar federal subpoenas are being served to people in multiple locations around the country — namely, fake Trump electors and other Trump campaign-involved individuals in Georgia, Virginia and other key states. At least four people including Flynn received grand jury subpoenas Wednesday.

The subpoenas come after the fourth high-profile hearing from the Jan. 6 House Committee this week, which focused on the Trump Administration’s scheme to put forward fake electors in key states as part of their bid to illegally overturn the results of the election.

It is currently unclear on what grounds the Republicans in Michigan are being summoned, whether as witnesses or targets.

Biden won the election in Michigan by 154,000 votes.

During the House select committee’s Tuesday hearing, former Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox said in a pre-recorded testimony that the fake electors planned to “hide overnight” in the Michigan Capitol to skirt around security for the Dec. 14, 2020 Electoral College meeting.

This plan did not pan out. On the day of the meeting, the Republicans gathered in the Michigan Republican Party headquarters basement to sign the fake certificate. They were then denied entrance to the Capitol building by security.

Flynn was reportedly present in the basement when the certificate was signed.

Cox said she thinks their actions were “inappropriate” and “insane.”

“Understanding the depth and variety of planning, and the clear understanding that what they were doing was illegal, against the Constitution and was not right and appropriate based on the secure and valid results of our election, puts on full display to me the shocking depth of the conspiracy,” said Michigan House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.).

In January, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel asked federal prosecutors to investigate the 16 fraudulent signees in Michigan. She noted that she believes there is enough evidence to charge the Republicans with forgery, and said she would hold them accountable herself if the feds did not intervene.


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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).