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Key Trump attorney in fake elector plot to meet with AZ prosecutors: report

Dec 08, 2023 | 3:48 pm ET
By Jim Small
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Key Trump attorney in fake elector plot to meet with AZ prosecutors: report
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Booking photos from the Fulton County conspiracy case charging Donald Trump and allies with trying to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results. Top row, from left Jeffrey Clark, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, Michael Roman, Ray Smith, David Shafer, Sen. Shawn Still. Center row, from left, Mark Meadows, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, John Eastoman, Kenneth Chesebro. Bottom row from left, Robert Cheeley, Harrison Floyd, Stephen Lee, Scott Hall, Misty Hampton, Cathleen Latham, Trevian Kutti. Photos via Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

The attorney for Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign who was a leading architect of the plan to organize fake presidential electors in Arizona and other battleground states that the twice-impeached president lost is set to meet with prosecutors in the Grand Canyon State on Monday.

Attorney General Kris Mayes earlier this year launched an investigation into the 11 Arizona Republicans who falsely claimed to be the electors, even though the election was certified showing Joe Biden won by about 10,000 votes. 

Former Trump campaign attorney Kenneth Chesebro, who pleaded guilty last month to election interference crimes in Georgia as part of a sprawling racketeering case there, has been cooperating with prosecutors in states with fake Trump electors, including Nevada and Georgia.

Chesebro wrote memos detailing how Republicans in those states could — and should — organize electors to cast votes for Trump, even though he lost the elections. 

CNN reported Friday morning that Chesebro was set to meet with Mayes’ investigators to discuss his and the Trump campaign’s role in the fake elector scheme, confirming reporting by a Washington Post reporter earlier in the week that Chesebro would be meeting with Arizona prosecutors on Dec. 11.

Arizona’s fake electors included the then-chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, Kelli Ward, and two state legislators, Sens. Jake Hoffman and Anthony Kern. 

Kern on Thursday told Arizona’s Family that Mayes is a “joke” and he won’t cooperate with the investigation.

“There’s no such thing as fake electors,” Kern told the television station. “If it was illegal, we wouldn’t have done it.”

Hoffman has been silent about his role in the fake electors scheme, repeatedly refusing to say how the 11 people knew to convene at the AZGOP’s Phoenix headquarters in December 2020. On at least two occasions, he walked away from reporters who were asking him about his role.