The 16 defendants who tried to get additional votes for Donald Trump in 2020 against Joe Biden face multiple charges, including criminal conspiracy, fraud and embezzlement. They will be jailed for 14 years.
Sixteen supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump have been indicted in Michigan (including falsifying documents) in connection with a “fake voter” case aimed at altering the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The charges announced in this northern US state are the first indictments against participants in a scheme to try (illegally) to declare Donald Trump the winner of seven US states.
If the plan succeeds, Republicans will hold the White House at the expense of Joe Biden.
The plan’s failure is considered one of the triggering events for an attack on the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021, the day Joe Biden’s victory is certified.
“Denying the Will of the Voters and Undermining Democracy”
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said three weeks before January 6, 2021, the 16 defendants met “secretly” in the basement of Michigan’s Republican Party headquarters. They signed documents certifying they were voters of Michigan, he said.
These fake certificates were then sent to the US Senate with the intention of replacing real voters in Michigan with their votes being counted and declaring Donald Trump the winner of the state.
In the United States, the president is elected by indirect popular suffrage, with each state allocating its electors, the number of which is based on its population, to the candidate who comes first locally.
“This plan, which denies the will of voters and undermines democracy, is fraudulent and without legal basis,” the Michigan attorney general said.
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