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18 people charged in alleged fake 2020 Arizona election scheme linked to Trump, AG announces

An Arizona grand jury indicted 18 people Wednesday in the ongoing investigation in an alleged attempt to use alternate voters after the 2020 presidential election as part of a broader alleged plot to falsely declare then-President Donald Trump the winner, the state attorney general announced.

The alleged fake voters and defendants named in the indictment were Kelli Ward, Tyler Bowyer, Nancy Cottle, Jacob Hoffman, Anthony Kern, James Lamon, Robert Montgomery, Samuel Moorhead, Lorraine Pellegrino, Gregory Safsten and Michael Ward.

Hoffman and Kern are both Arizona state senators. Hoffman had, in recent weeks, run for office at the RNC.

Hoffman told the Arizona Republic in a statement that he was “innocent of any crime” and “I look forward to the day when I am cleared of this naked political persecution through the legal process.”

A lawyer for Lamon also told the Arizona Republic that the indictment was “a politically motivated prosecution.”

The names of other defendants were redacted from court documents because they had not yet been served, said Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes, a Democrat. Some, however, could be identified through their descriptions in court documents.

The indictment describes Trump as “unindicted co-conspirator #1.” Trump has repeatedly called the lawsuits a “witch hunt.”

“An attorney for unindicted co-conspirator 1 who has often been identified as ‘the Mayor,’” appears to be Rudy Giuliani. Jenna Ellis, another lawyer who joined Giuliani to help spread baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, also appears to be profiled in the documents.

Another unidentified defendant is named as Trump’s 2020 chief of staff, believed to have been Mark Meadows. Another unidentified defendant was the Trump campaign’s director of election day operations, a title that belonged to Mike Roman.

Attorney George Terwilliger, who represents Meadows, told The Associated Press that while he had not seen the indictment, naming Meadows would be “a blatantly political and politicized charge and would be challenged and dismissed “.

Ted Goodman, Giuliani’s political adviser, told the AP that the indictment shows “the continued militarization of our justice system.”

The Arizona Republican Party called the indictments a “gross and unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial power” and said it “condemns these actions in the strongest possible terms.”

The charges filed include fraud, forgery and conspiracy, which are class 2, 4 and 5 misdemeanors, Mayes said.

Arizona is one of seven states Trump lost in 2020 where the former president’s allies allegedly attempted to create a fraudulent voter registry.

“Unwilling to accept” the fact that Biden won the 2020 presidential election, the defendants “conspired to prevent the legal transfer of the presidency” by raising false claims of election fraud and organizing bogus votes, says the ‘indictment.

The alleged fraud was allegedly committed to prevent “the lawful transfer of the Presidency of the United States,” by keeping “Trump in power against the wishes of Arizona voters and disenfranchising Arizona voters and have their votes counted,” according to court documents. said.

The Arizona indictments came then Trump and 18 of his associates face charges racketeering, voter fraud and other charges in Fulton County, Georgia, relating to an alleged attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election, including the alternative elector system. That alleged indictment that some of the defendants solicited lawmakers to appoint new electors in states other than Georgia, including Arizona.

In August last year, the the former president was indicted by a federal grand jury over alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. This indictment, which stems from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into Trump’s actions after the 2020 election, cited a note describing a strategy allowing Trump supporters to serve as fake voters.

The former president has denied any wrongdoing in both cases.

—Kathryn Watson, Scott MacFarlane and Olivia Rinaldi contributed reporting.

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