On Tuesday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel brought felony charges, including election law forgery, against the 16 “alternate” electors who had signed fake certificates in a bid to disrupt the congressional certification of election results on Jan. 6, 2021 — and overturn former President Trump’s loss.
The charges are the first time charges have been brought against any of the fake electors, including those from six other swing states in which Trump supporters submitted forged certificates. But Nessel’s investigation isn’t the only one focused on the issue:
American Oversight first obtained copies of the forged certificates in the spring of 2021, and continued to uncover evidence of how several fake electors have continued to be involved in efforts to undermine trust in U.S. democracy, including by playing key roles in sham election investigations.
On Tuesday, Trump said that he’d received a letter from the Justice Department telling him he is a target of the special counsel investigation. “The target letter and potential indictment further ensnare Trump in unprecedented legal peril,” wrote the Washington Post. Here are recent headlines related to investigations into efforts to overturn the 2020 election:
Cleta Mitchell’s Emails with Trump Administration’s Ken Cuccinelli
We obtained emails from July 2019 in which conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell — whose election-denial and voter-suppression efforts have recently drawn scrutiny — gave legal advice about financial disclosures to Trump administration DHS appointee Ken Cuccinelli.
Ongoing Investigations into Justice Clarence Thomas’s Political Ties
Virginia Solicitor General Andrew Ferguson previously clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In May, we filed a public records request with the Virginia attorney general’s office for Ferguson’s communications with Thomas and his wife, Ginni Thomas.