Michigan attorney general asks Justice Department to investigate fake GOP electors

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Michigan’s attorney general is calling on federal prosecutors to launch a criminal investigation into 16 Republicans who submitted false certificates stating they were the state’s presidential electors despite President Biden’s 154,000-vote victory in Michigan in the 2020 election.

Democratic state attorney general Dana Nessel says that her office had been considering filing charges for nearly a year but ultimately decided to refer the matter to the U.S. attorney in western Michigan.

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“Under state law, I think clearly you have forgery of a public record, which is a 14-year offense, and election law forgery, which is a five-year offense,” Nessel told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Thursday.

Dana Nessel announces her bid for Michigan attorney general at Braun Court in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.  (Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

But she added that the Justice Department would be better suited to investigate and potentially prosecute the 16 Republicans. The group includes some high-ranking members of Michigan’s GOP, including co-chair Meshawn Maddock.

The U.S. attorney’s office in western Michigan declined comment Friday.

Nessel charged that a “coordinated effort” took place among Republican

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