Fake documents declaring Trump and Pence 2020 winners sent but rejected by National Archives: report
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In the aftermath of Election Day last year as Trump, his team and his supporters pushed a false account of widespread voter fraudthe National Archives received fake verification certificates identifying designated voters from those states as designated votes for the former president and vice president, according to the Politics article published on Monday.
The Arizona document, dated Dec. 7, 2020, lists the names of 11 voters voting for Republican candidates while the state’s 11 actual voters vote December 14 for now-president Joe Biden and vice president Kamala Harris.
The National Archives sent the fake to Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs to alert her to the document and tell her it was rejected, per Politics.
A spokesperson for the archives responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment with a statement.
“The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) is part of the National Archives and Records Administration and, on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, coordinates certain functions of the Electoral College between the states and Congress. Acting as ‘intermediary, we review verification and voting certificates as soon as we receive them from their respective states and the District of Columbia,’ the spokesperson said in an email.
“OFR displays certificates on our website and makes the certificates available to the public for one year after the election. After this year, the certificates become part of the collection of the National Archives,” the statement continued. “Under privacy law, OFR does not disclose information about communications with individuals. As such, we cannot comment on communications we have received, if any, except for certificates that are prepared and sent as part of an official state action.”
After learning of the false papers, Hobbs reportedly sent a letter to a leader of the pro-Trump group Sovereign Citizens of the State of Arizona asking the organization to “immediately cease unauthorized use of the state seal. of Arizona”.
“Neither you nor the Organization requested to use the Arizona State Seal, and as such, you did not have permission to use it on these documents. By affixing the seal state over documents containing false and misleading information about the Arizona results of the November 3, 2020 General Election, you are undermining confidence in our democratic institutions,” Hobbs said. written in the letterobtained by Politics.
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“Given the seriousness of this violation,” Hobbs continued, “I refer this matter to the Arizona Attorney General’s office for further investigation and possible prosecution.”
Hobbs and his Michigan counterpart, Secretary Jocelyn Benson, both sent the forged certificates to the House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol and efforts to overturn the election results. won by the Democrats.
Officials from Hobbs and Benson’s offices have confirmed Politics that they and members of their staff met with the January 6 panel in November.
“They primarily discussed election administration in Arizona, the 2020 election, threats/harassment directed at the office, and partisan Cyber Ninja scrutiny of the ballot,” Hobbs’ spokesperson said, C. Murphy Hebert.
A spokeswoman for Benson said she and others answered questions from the committee about the election and the events leading up to Jan. 6.