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Daily Bread for 1.27.22: What Did Scott Fitzgerald Know and When Did He Know It?

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Thursday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 31.  Sunrise is 7:13 AM and sunset 5:02 PM for 9h 49m 04s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 28.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

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In several states during the 2020 electoral vote certification, Republicans submitted fraudulent slates of electors, purporting falsely that Donald Trump, rather than the actual winner Joe Biden, had carried those states. Wisconsin was one of the states with a set of false GOP electors. 

Philip Rotner summarizes:

The scheme to use fake elector certifications to throw out Biden’s electors and replace them with phony Trump electors on January 6 was reportedly led by Rudy Giuliani and other Trump campaign officials. Here’s CNN again, from last week:

Trump campaign officials, led by Rudy Giuliani, oversaw efforts in December 2020 to put forward illegitimate electors from seven states that Trump lost, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the scheme.

The sources said members of former President Donald Trump’s campaign team were far more involved than previously known in the plan. . . . Giuliani and his allies coordinated the nuts-and-bolts of the process on a state-by-state level, the sources told CNN. One source said there were multiple planning calls between Trump campaign officials and GOP state operatives, and that Giuliani participated in at least one call. The source also 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, 2020, and circulated drafts of fake certificates that were ultimately sent to the National Archives.

Trump and some of his top advisers publicly encouraged the “alternate electors” scheme in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, Nevada and New Mexico. But behind the scenes, Giuliani and Trump campaign officials actively choreographed the process, the sources said.

Creation of false electoral documents is a crime:

If investigators determine that the fake slates were meant to improperly influence the election, those who created them could in theory be charged with falsifying voting documents, mail fraud or even a conspiracy to defraud the United States.

See Jan. 6 Panel and State Officials Seek Answers on Fake Trump Electors (‘Pressure is mounting on the Justice Department to investigate bogus electors who claimed that Donald J. Trump defeated Joseph R. Biden Jr. in their states’).

What role, if any, did Whitewater’s United States Representative Scott Fitzgerald, play in the creation or submission of a fraudulent electoral vote certification?

Rachel Maddow notes that Records request points to congressman’s role in assisting fake elector meeting:

Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson talks with Rachel Maddow about a letter found through an open records request that suggests that Rep. Scott Fitzgerald booked a room in the state capitol for fake Trump electors to meet and sign forged paperwork at the same time as Wisconsin’s real electors were formalizing the state’s election results.


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