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Michigan Democrats call on DOJ to investigate GOP allies for ‘seditious conspiracy’

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Michigan State Capitol.

Democratic state lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that urges the Justice Department to investigate their Republican allies for attempting to reverse the 2020 presidential election.

“An essential element of being a legislator is to accept the peaceful transition of power when the people elect different leaders, and that these members fail to faithfully discharge the duties of their office by acting to undermine this fundamental principle of democracy.” failed,” the resolution said. “Michigan residents deserve better leaders than those who will destroy their own government to stay in power.”

Joe Tate alleges that 11 Republican state legislators violated federal law by conspiring to overthrow the government and delay the execution of the laws. The measure said the legislators should be investigated “for the offense of seditious conspiracy”.

Five of the Republican legislators – Rep. of Hanover. Julie Alexander, Beth Griffin of Mattawan, Matt Maddock of Milford, John Reilly of Oakland Township and Dare Rendon of Lake City—tried to enter the state capitol building so that a group of Republicans could fraudulently castrate. His Electoral College voted for then-President Donald Trump. Those bogus voters are now under federal scrutiny.

In December 2020, the five legislators joined Reps Gary Eisen of St. Clair Township, Michelle Hoitenga of Menton, Greg Markkennan of Hancock, Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann, Brad Paquette of Niles and Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township. An unfounded lawsuit filed by Texas seeking to challenge election results in several states, including Michigan.

Several of those same lawmakers signed a letter demanding a full forensic audit of the 2020 election, which falsely claimed to have “multiple irregularities”. He also urged Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel last month to investigate and charge “found credible evidence” from “2000 Mules,” a propaganda film widely condemned by conservative provocateur Dinesh D’Souza.

Republican legislators have cited false claims about the election to introduce dozens of bills aimed at restricting voting rights.

Progress Michigan, a non-profit progressive group, said it supports the Democrats’ proposal.

“From fake voters to Lansing lawmakers who tried to get steam over a fairly fair election, what happened in 2020 was unprecedented, as incumbent lawmakers and the Michigan Republican Party tried to illegally reverse the will of Michigan voters. Key,” Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan, said in a statement Wednesday. “Not only has there been no accountability, but many of the MPs named in the resolution have continued their anti-voter actions with pride. The proposal is a step in progress, just as Attorney General Dana Nessel sent fake voters to the DOJ. We’re glad there are elected officials out there who continue to speak out about this issue, but we need even more promptness and action because those trying to oust Michigan voters must be held accountable or they’ll be reelected. can try.

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