REVEALED: Some GOP electors slammed Rudy Giuliani's plan
When the Electoral College met to affirm President Joe Biden's election victory, a group of Trump Republican electors who declared themselves “duly elected and qualified” also signed fake electoral certificates depicting former President Donald Trump as the actual winner before sending the documents to Washington, D.C., new reports have revealed.
The latest report was compiled by a group of investigative and reporters for The Washington Post: Beth Reinhard, Rosalind Helderman, Amy Gardner, Josh Dawsey, and Emma Brown. Per the report, the coordinated meetings between the Trump-supporting electors were held in five key states Biden won — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Wisconsin.
The reports have also detailed Rudy Giuliani's role in the coordinated plans of these meetings. The former personal attorney is said to have been an overseer of these efforts.
"The Trump electors gathered in plain sight, assisted by campaign officials and Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, who said publicly that the rival slates were necessary and appropriate," the reporters wrote. "Internally, Giuliani oversaw the effort, according to former campaign officials and party leaders who, like some others interviewed for this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. One of the people familiar with the plan said Giuliani was assisted at times by an anchor from the right-wing network One America News."
While Giuliani may have believed the effort would produce the result Trump supporters had hoped for, some electors were not on board. In fact, multiple electors opted not to participate. Pennsylvania Republican Chairman Lawrence Tabas was reportedly among those who did not participate. Speaking to The Post, Vonne Andring, a senior adviser to the Republican Party, explained Lawrence's stance.
“While Lawrence was originally selected to be an elector by the Trump campaign, he did not serve as an elector because Joe Biden won the election and it was Biden’s electors that were certified,” Andring said.
Former Pennsylvania congressman Tom Marino, who was initially a Trump elector, also expressed similar sentiments. “I was disappointed in the election,” Marino said in an interview, “but as a former prosecutor, when the attorney general says he’s not finding anything here, that’s good enough for me.”
The retired lawmaker also added, “I’m a constitutionalist and have always been a constitutionalist. … I believe in the rule of law and whatever the courts determined. I’m not going to jump on a bandwagon to say that I know better than the courts.”
John Isakson, a previous Trump elector in the state of Georgia, also shared his reason for refusing to participate.
“It seemed like political gamesmanship, and that’s not something I would have participated in,” Isakson said in an interview last week. “We have a process for certifying the election. We have a process for challenging the election. The challenges failed, so I wouldn’t have participated in something that was going against all of that.”
In Michigan, Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) has made it clear that she is considering charges for fake Republican electors to send a stern warning to those who might consider such actions in the future.
“This is not political theater. It’s not protected speech,” Nessel said in an interview. “It’s an attack on the very fabric of our system of government. And so it deserves to have federal prosecutorial and investigative scrutiny.”
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