Nevadans Michael J. McDonald and James Degraffenreid are among 14 people being subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 Select Committee of Congress, it was announced on Friday.
According to the committee’s web site, Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) said that as part of its investigation the committee has issued subpoenas for 14 individuals who participated as purported “alternate electors” for former President Trump.
“The Select Committee is seeking information about attempts in multiple states to overturn the results of the 2020 election, including the planning and coordination of efforts to send false slates of electors to the National Archives,” Thompson said. “We believe the individuals we have subpoenaed today have information about how these so-called alternate electors met and who was behind that scheme. We encourage them to cooperate with the Select Committee’s investigation to get answers about January 6th for the American people and help ensure nothing like that day ever happens again.”
The Select Committee has obtained information that groups of individuals met on Dec. 14, 2020, in seven states carried by President Biden, then submitted bogus slates of Electoral-College votes for former President Trump. The so-called alternate electors from those states then transmitted the purported Electoral-College certificates to Congress, which multiple people advising former President Trump or his campaign used to justify delaying or blocking the certification of the election during the Joint Session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021.
American Oversight, a watchdog group, last March obtained certificates submitted by Republicans in seven states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. New Mexico and Pennsylvania Republicans added a caveat saying it was done in case they were later recognized as duly elected, qualified electors.
The investigation stems from a Dec. 14, 2020, illegitimate signing ceremony in Carson City where Nevada Republican Party Chairman McDonald and five others said they pledged Nevada’s six electoral votes to Donald Trump.
According to canvassed votes by the Secretary of State’s office, Joe Biden won 2020 Presidential Election in Nevada by more than 33,000 votes.