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DOJ Mulls Criminal Charges Over Fake Electoral College Certificates

The Justice Department is considering whether to press criminal charges over fake Electoral College certifications in the 2020 election. “Our prosecutors are looking at those and I can’t say anything more about ongoing investigations," Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco told CNN, reports USA Today. Disputes about state electors were at the heart of former President Trump’s attempt to thwart the counting of Electoral College votes on Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob ransacked the Capitol. DOJ has charged more than 725 people with participating in the attack.

The fake certificates, which falsely declared Trump the victor in several states that President Biden won, were sent to the National Archives by Trump’s allies in mid-December 2020. Monaco said the department would “follow the facts and the law, wherever they lead, to address conduct of any kind and at any level that is part of an assault on our democracy.” Interviews and text messages obtained by the Arizona Republic have detailed how White House officials and Trump campaign officials extensively pressured Republican leaders in Arizona to take steps to dismiss the results of the general election after Biden's win. Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock said the Trump presidential campaign directed Republicans in Michigan to seat fake GOP Electoral College delegates, according to audio obtained by CNN.


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