“Several” individuals involved in the Georgia plot to put forward a so-called alternate slate of electoral votes in support of Donald Trump — even though Biden won the state — have cooperated with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s ongoing election meddling investigation, according to CNN. A special grand jury, which can issue subpoenas, was recently seated in tandem with Willis’s probe, although CNN didn’t indicate that these cooperative individuals were subpoenaed.
As CNN summarized revelations from a source, the district attorney’s team “appears to be trying to determine whether the pro-Trump electors in Georgia had any knowledge that their actions may have been a component of a broader and potentially illegal plot to pressure election officials and overturn Joe Biden’s victory.” Georgia GOP chairman David Shafer is apparently among the individuals involved in the fake electoral vote scheme who’ve cooperated with Willis’s probe. Shafer was also targeted for testimony by the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, which subpoenaed him, and he’s cooperated with those investigators as well. These particular fake electoral vote-tied individuals who’ve cooperated with the Willis probe were reportedly informed that they’re classified by investigators as witnesses — not subjects or targets of the criminal investigation that’s currently underway.
New: Oath Keeper William Wilson charged with seditious conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding over the Capitol attack on Jan. 6 — with apparently multiple Quick Reaction Force teams setup at multiple hotels https://t.co/Hd11irTefP
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) May 4, 2022
Reportedly, Shafer previously told the House committee investigating the riot that the Trump campaign was involved in the fake electoral vote scheme. According to CNN’s summary, Shafer told House investigators that the Trump campaign “directed the party in 2020 to put forward an alternate slate of electors after then-President Donald Trump lost [Georgia’s] vote.” Justifications for the fake electoral votes — some of which were prepared in more than half a dozen states — have included the notion that they were set to help keep the then-president’s legal options open as court stand-offs over the election results continued. There are legal requirements covering elements including the timing and location of casting electoral votes. Shafer attorney Bob Driscoll said the party chairman — supposedly acting on legal advice — “convened the Republican nominees for Presidential Elector to cast their votes for President and Vice President for the sole purpose of preserving a remedy in the event [a particular election-related] lawsuit succeeded.”
JUST IN: Oath Keeper William Wilson — charged with seditious conspiracy over Jan. 6 — will cooperate with DOJ investigation, and was in a suite when Oath Keepers leader Rhodes tried to get someone to get Trump to allow them to stop the transfer of power. https://t.co/opsaa6OBEo
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) May 4, 2022
A key problem is that there’s never been any real-world indication that challenges to the outcome of the 2020 presidential election would be legitimately successful. There’s never — at any point — been real-world evidence of the kind of election fraud that would have been required to alter the course of the entire election. That being said, it’s difficult — to put it lightly — to imagine that the intentions behind the faked electoral votes were sincere and without corruption. A source for CNN, it’s worth noting, “said the Trump campaign lined up supporters to fill elector slots, secured meeting rooms in statehouses for the fake electors to meet on December 14, and circulated drafts of fake certificates that were ultimately sent to the National Archives,” according to the outlet — so the fake electoral vote effort wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment thing. Willis’s probe is reportedly looking into the possible perpetrating of a variety of particular criminal infractions.
New: Jan. 6 committee on Rudy Giuliani expected no-show tomorrow: “Giuliani is an important witness to the conspiracy to overthrow the government and he remains under subpoena. If he refuses to comply the committee will consider all enforcement options.”
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) May 6, 2022