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What fake 2020 Electoral College certificates tell us about America's fragile democracy

What fake 2020 Electoral College certificates tell us about America's fragile democracy
On Dec. 14, 2020, 20 prominent Pennsylvania Democrats gathered in Harrisburg — in a ceremony shorn of some of its pomp and circumstance because of COVID-19, but witnessed by a gaggle of reporters — to

The documentation claimed the ballots were cast just in case a court ruling or some other proceeding overturned Biden’s victory.As Team Trump lost court case after court case in the late fall of 2020 contesting Biden’s victories in key states, the focus shifted to efforts to bully Pence on the dubious legal argument that he could use his power as presiding officer over the Jan.Now, there is mounting evidence that the House select committee is looking at the role these alternate slates played in a broader plot — and, possibly, one that crossed the line into a criminal conspiracy — to disrupt the Jan.In its recent memo seeking criminal contempt charges against Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff at the time of the insurrection, the House committee said, "Meadows received text messages and emails regarding apparent Republican efforts in certain States to send alternate slates of electors to Congress.

7, 2020 — the day the TV networks called the election for Biden — that alternate slates of electors would be part of "a direct and collateral attack" on the Democrat’s win at the ballot box.Meeting at what they said was "the request of the Trump campaign," the GOP luminaries — including two men now running for governor, former Congressman Lou Barletta and consultant Charlie Gerow — cast what they called "a procedural vote" that claimed Trump as the winner.

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