Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock said that the Trump presidential campaign directed Republicans in Michigan to seat fake GOP Electoral College delegates, according to audio obtained by CNN.
“We fought to seat the electors. The Trump campaign asked us to do that. I’m under a lot of scrutiny for that today,” Maddock is heard saying in the audio reportedly recorded at a conservative gathering last week, according to CNN. In the audio, Maddock does not say whether she personally communicated with officials from the Trump campaign.
Maddock did not immediately provide a comment to the Free Press. The Michigan Republican Party also did not immediately respond to emails.
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The plan was part of a quixotic effort to overturn the election in Michigan to hand the state to Trump. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and her team investigated the acts for possible election fraud charges, recently referring the matter to federal prosecutors.
On the day in 2020 that Michigan’s presidential electors met to award the state’s 16 Electoral College votes to Joe Biden — who won the state by more than 154,000 votes — Republicans, including Maddock, tried to enter the state Capitol to convene a false slate of GOP electors. Maddock’s husband, state Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford, also was present.