Investigations into ‘False Electors’ in Key 2020 States May Increase Challenges for Trump
Since April, the legal issues surrounding former President Donald Trump have been a major focus in the media. This attention intensified when he was indicted, a first for a U.S. president, whether in office or retired. Meanwhile, quietly, several state attorneys general continue to investigate if Trump could face more charges related to his actions post the 2020 election defeat.
Investigations are ongoing in at least four key swing states from the 2020 election. These probes are looking into the actions of so-called “fake electors,” who falsely declared Trump the winner of the 2020 election.
These state investigations are significant because they add to the legal challenges Trump is facing, including his federal and Georgia cases concerning his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.
A notable aspect of these investigations is the scheme involving alternate electors. This plan was led by Trump’s lawyer, John Eastman, and supported by other lawyers. It relied on then-Vice President Mike Pence to certify these fake electors in key states, an action Pence ultimately refused, adhering to his constitutional duties.
January 6, 2021, the day Congress was to certify the election results, saw Pence reject this plan. This refusal was a factor in the storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that day.
Allegations suggest that fake electors convened in several states, claiming they were rightfully elected, despite no basis for this claim. In Georgia, for instance, three such electors were charged in a sweeping racketeering case led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. These individuals have suggested in court that they acted under Trump’s direction, hinting at possible fractures among the defendants.
Another figure in Georgia, Kenneth Chesebro, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to file false documents. He’s believed to be a key architect of the alternate electors plan.
These state investigations are not isolated but are interconnected with the broader federal investigation into election subversion. As these cases unfold, they may reveal further evidence impacting other states’ probes.
For instance, Nevada’s Attorney General Aaron Ford is investigating fake electors in his state. While Nevada’s laws don’t explicitly address this conduct, Ford has not ruled out prosecution.
These state-level investigations indicate that Trump and his close allies could face significant legal implications linked to their post-2020 election actions. The investigations in states like Arizona and Michigan are also notable, with key figures already facing charges or under scrutiny for their role in the fake electors scheme.
Overall, these ongoing investigations across various states paint a complex picture of the legal challenges facing Trump and his associates, stemming from their efforts to challenge the 2020 election results.