By Evan Perez and Tierney Sneed | CNN
Federal prosecutors are looking into forged electoral college certificates that declared former President Donald Trump a winner in states he lost, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco told CNN on Tuesday.
“We got those referrals. Our prosecutors are looking into those things and I can’t say anything more about the ongoing investigations,” Monaco said in an exclusive interview.
Forged certificates claiming Trump’s victory were sent to the National Archives by Trump allies in mid-December 2020. They have drawn public scrutiny amid a House investigation in 6 on the pressure campaign seeking to reverse Trump’s election defeat.
Monaco did not go into detail about what prosecutors are looking at from the partisan effort to overturn the 2020 vote tally. She said that, more broadly, the Justice Department would “follow the facts.” law and action, wherever they lead, to address practices of any kind and at any level that are part of an assault on our democracy.”
This is the first time the Justice Department has commented on requests from lawmakers and state officials for the agency to investigate forged certificates.
The certificates are signed by Trump supporters who have falsely claimed to be legitimate electors in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada and New Mexico – all states the President has Joe Biden won. Several certificates were submitted by top officials representing the Republican Party in each state, according to documents obtained and made public by the American Oversight watchdog group.
During the interview with CNN, Monaco also touted the efforts the Justice Department has made to address threats and harassment faced by election officials.
“I am concerned about the truly disturbing nature of the threats that we have seen. They are disturbingly aggressive, violent and personal,” said Monaco. She pointed to an indictment released by the Justice Department last week alleging that a Texas man threatened to kill Georgia election officials. The first indictment came after the establishment of a department task force to focus on the matter.
“Those allegations are the first to emerge from that task force but they won’t be the last,” Monaco said.
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