Jan 25, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Federal prosecutors looking into fake 2020 electoral certificates

Lisa Monaco

Lisa Monaco in Nov. 2021. Photo: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Federal prosecutors are looking into fake Electoral College certificates from 2020 that declared former President Trump the winner in states that President Biden actually won, deputy attorney general Lisa Monaco told CNN in an interview.

Catch up fast: In the weeks following the 2020 election, Trump allies in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada and New Mexico sent fake electoral certificates to the National Archives, according to CNN.

  • The documents contained the signatures of people who claimed to be their states' rightful electors, but who "didn't have the backing of any elected officials in the seven states," per CNN.

What they're saying: "We've received those referrals. Our prosecutors are looking at those and I can't say anything more on ongoing investigations," Monaco said during the interview.

  • She added that the Justice Department is "going to 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."

Worth noting: The fake certificates have also drawn the attention of the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, the New York Times reports.

  • “We want to look at the fraudulent activity that was contained in the preparation of these fake Electoral College certificates, and then we want to look to see to what extent this was part of a comprehensive plan to overthrow the 2020 election,” Representative Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the committee, told reporters on Capitol Hill earlier this week, per the Times.
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