Sunday, 16 July 2023

New Criminal Investigation Ramps Up Over Attempts To Overturn 2020 Election

 A new criminal investigation is under investigation in the Grand Canyon State into alleged attempts by Republicans to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes, a Democrat, put a group of prosecutors on the case back in May which appears to focus on 22 Republicans who signed and transmitted official documents “claiming to be the state’s chosen electors for Trump in the electoral college,” The Washington Post reported.

One set of documents was signed by GOP activists while another set was signed by Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward and other “high-profile Republicans,” the report said.

Investigators have already made contact with many of those who allegedly signed the documents and their attorneys, the report said.

Trump does not appear to be a target in the criminal investigation at this point but that could change depending on if new evidence emerges in the case. A similar criminal investigation is also underway in Michigan over alleged attempts by Republicans in the state to overturn the results of the election.

The former President is already under indictment in two cases, one out of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office that is deemed by many to be weak and politically motivated and another from special counsel Jack Smith, which experts say is far more serious.

Trump also faces a criminal indictment in Georgia over his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and he faces a second federal criminal investigation from Smith over the same matter.

The Washington Post reported at the start of the month that Trump allegedly tried to pressure then-Arizona Governor Doug Ducey “to overturn the state’s presidential election results, saying that if enough fraudulent votes could be found it would overcome Trump’s narrow loss in Arizona.”

The report said that Trump repeatedly asked then-Vice President Mike Pence to contact Ducey and push him to find evidence to support Trump’s claims.

“I don’t remember any pressure,” Pence told CBS News earlier this month, adding that he checked in with governors across the nation whose states “were going through the legal process of reviewing their election results.”

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