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Arizona’s “Fake Electors” Face Indictments

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mays has announced indictments against 11 “fake electors,” a group of Arizonans who submitted a document to Congress declaring former President Donald J. Trump as the winner of the 2020 Presidential election in Arizona. Seven others were also indicted in the scheme, including Rudy Guiliani and Trump’s former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Trump himself was named an unindicted co-conspirator. 

Former Arizona State GOP Chair Kelli Ward was among those indicted. Ward, who lost challenges in US Senate races against John McCain and Martha McSally, was charged with engaging in a conspiracy aimed at "preventing the lawful transfer of the presidency of the United States” along with her co-conspirators. Arizona State Senator Anthony Kern was also indicted, as he continues a run for Congress in Arizona’s 8th District. 

The defendants are charged with nine counts of conspiracy, fraud, and forgery (all felonies).

Other named fake electors include COO of Turning Point, Tyler Bowyer, Nancy Cottle, State Senator Jake Hoffman, Jim Lamon, Robert Montgomery, Samuel Moorhead, Loraine Pellegrino, Greg Safsten, and Michael Ward, husband of Kelli Ward.  

Also included in the indictments is attorney Christina Bobb, who worked under Rudy Giuliani, attorney John Eastman, who wrote the playbook for the fake electors, attorney Jenna Ellis who pleaded guilty in a similar case in Georgia, Trump campaign aide Boris Epshteyn, Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, and Trump campaign worker Mike Roman.  

Unindicted co-conspirators included Donald Trump, Kelly Townsend, Mark Finchem, Kenneth Chesebro, and Jack Wilenchik. 

As of Saturday, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani had not yet been served. A spokesman for the Arizona Attorney General confirmed to Arizona Republic’s Stacey Barchender that they were still attempting to serve the final defendant. [1]


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