The Department of Justice on Wednesday summoned a campaign official for President Donald Trump, who is disappearing to come to the meeting where 11 Arizona Republicans declared electors for the state’s presidency, summoned on Wednesday by the Department of Justice.
In a video released by the Arizona Republican Party in December 2020, a man who appears to be Thomas Lane is seen handing out pieces of paper during the meeting as Republicans signed documents proving to themselves “duly elected and eligible voters” in Arizona.
In the video, the man is seen wearing a zip-up jacket with the Trump campaign crest on the right sleeve. The jacket, as seen in the video, had Lynn’s name on it.
Lynn’s apparent presence in the video was first reported on Wednesday by the Washington Post.
The Washington Post reported that federal agents summoned Lynn and three other Republicans linked to a scheme to create alternative groups of Republican voters and send these documents to Congress. The FBI investigation was part of the agency’s research into the causes of January 11th. 6, 2021, riots in the US Capitol.
Lane, according to his LinkedIn page, graduated from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2020. After working on the Trump campaign, he took the position of Election Integrity Director for the Republican Party in Virginia, according to his LinkedIn page.
The memo says fake voters are designed to create confusion
Voters were part of a multifaceted and complex scheme to turn the 2020 presidential election on its head. The set of fake voters had no legal weight, as they were not certified by any government official.
But the intent, as stated in a memo written by Trump’s attorney John Eastman, was to sow confusion. Seven states, including Arizona, sent similarly worded papers to the National Archives and the US Senate.
According to the memo, the existence of the alternate lists will allow Vice President Mike Pence to announce that he is unable to make the official list. He can then set aside the official votes and declare Trump the winner based on the votes he can count.
Instead, the memo said, the matter would go to the US House of Representatives, where under a provision also set out in the Twelfth Amendment, each state would get one vote for president. The memo said the majority of states at the time had Republican-majority units, giving another path to Trump’s victory.
The campaign to operationalize this scheme, in Arizona and other states, has been the subject of nationwide televised hearings of the House Select Committee investigating riots in the Capitol.
In testimony before the committee on Tuesday, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Powers described receiving phone calls from Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City major. The men asked him to de-certify the election and have the state legislature install Trump’s electors.
Powers refused to proceed.
Therefore, the second tactic was used in Arizona and six other states.
What happened in the video?
in December. 14, 2020, 11 Arizona Republicans meet at party headquarters in Phoenix. The 11 would have been the official electors of Arizona had Trump won the state; Their names were listed as voters of a small sort near Trump’s name on the 2020 general election ballot.
After the prayer, 11 documents were signed falsely stating that they were “duly elected and qualified” of Arizona.
In the video, Lane, who was the director of election day operations for the Trump campaign according to his LinkedIn page, can be seen handing out a piece of paper to eight of the 11 voters before disappearing from the screen.
It is not clear from the video what the document is. The document sent to the National Archives, and which that agency posted on its website, shows that all 11 Republicans signed a single paper declaring that they are “duly elected and qualified” presidential electors.
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Others summoned to get involved
Besides Lynn, the FBI has issued a subpoena for three other people, according to the New York Times.
Two, David Schaeffer and Brad Carver, signed up as fake voters for Trump from Georgia. The newspaper reported that another, Sean Flynn, was an aid campaigner in Michigan.
Lin did not sign it as a fake voter. His role in the scheme was not clear.
None of the eleven fake voters in Arizona detailed how they learned where they were on the day of signing, nor did they explain how the documents they signed were created.
Arizona Republican Party chairwoman Kelly Ward said in a video released the next day that she and others who signed the document felt they represented “real voters” from Arizona.
“We believe we are legally voting voters here in Arizona,” she said.
House selection committee investigating January. Riot summoned 6 Ward, as well as her and her husband Michael’s phone records, another fake voter.
The Wards sued the commission in federal court in Phoenix to fight disclosure of their records.
The committee also summoned Nancy Kotli and Lauren Pellegrino, who signed the documents as chair and secretary. Pellegrino, in a brief phone call with The Republic in May, said “absolutely nothing” came from the subpoena.
Among other Arizona Republicans who have falsely asserted themselves as electors, Rep. Jake Hoffman of Queen Creek; former deputy. Anthony Kern, who makes a bid in 2022 to return to his position; Jim Lamon, US Senate candidate; and Tyler Boyer, chief operating officer of Turning Point USA, an advocacy group for engaging young Republicans started by Charlie Kirk.
What do fake voters hope will happen?
The documents used by the fake voters in Arizona were nearly duplicates of the documents used in the other six states, including calligraphy and wording. Republicans in two states, New Mexico and Pennsylvania, have introduced phrases saying that they will only be voters under certain conditions. The Arizona language has never had such a mysterious language
Four days later, she filed a complaint with the US Supreme Court asking judges to intervene and resolve disputes over voters.
In these court documents, the Fake Republican Voters Meeting in Arizona will be erroneously described as taking place in the state capitol, adding a glint of formal legislative blessing. Voters gathered in Georgia and Wisconsin at their state capitols. Republican voters in Michigan attempted to enter the Capitol in Lansing, but security was denied entry.
The Arizona slate of voters later sued Pence – a “friendly” gesture as Ward described it in a video – in order to ask the courts to determine that he had the power to decide which slate of voters he should make.
The idea that Pence had such power was prompted by Eastman, Trump’s attorney, according to previous commission testimony.
Eastman found ambiguity in the Electoral College vote counting procedures outlined in the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Specifically, Eastman referred to the phrase: “… and then the votes are counted.”
He saw the fact that the phrase was written in the passive form to mean that the vice president would have the sole authority over the votes to be counted.
Congress, in 1877, passed a more specific law that dictated how Electoral College votes were counted, and specifically how disputes were settled. But Eastman was among a group of scholars who held the law unconstitutional.
Trump claims he wants legislatures to consider fraud
Eastman’s reasoning makes sense to Trump.
In a speech in Nashville on Thursday, Trump said he was surprised when other advisers told him that Pence had no power to disqualify state votes, even if he believed there was fraud. Trump said it didn’t make sense to him that Pence “would have no choice but to be a human conveyor belt.”
Trump said Thursday that he does not expect Pence to decide the election unilaterally, or to put the question to Congress. Instead, he said, he believed Pence should have returned the certifications to state legislatures.
“I wanted him to send it to the legislatures, if they saw the same kind of fraud, and if they saw the same kind of wrongdoing that I saw,” Trump said.
According to testimony Thursday, Eastman admitted to members of Pence’s legal team that his plan would not pass legal muster, acknowledging that he would lose in the US Supreme Court by a 7-2 vote at best.
after January. 6, 2021, riots and in the final days of Trump’s presidency, according to the commission, Eastman requested a preemptive pardon.
“I have decided I should be on the pardon list, if this is still in the works,” Eastman wrote in a text message to Giuliani.