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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) on Thursday said a case had been referred to federal prosecutors regarding an inaccurate certificate that had been signed by more than a dozen Republicans saying former President Trump had won the state's electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.
"We think this is a matter that is best investigated and potentially prosecuted by the feds. And as such, just today, we referred this matter to the western district, the U.S. attorney's office, for them to evaluate it," Nessel told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow , adding that she hoped the Justice Department would become involved and "use the information they already have to better understand exactly what happened that day so that federal charges can be evaluated."
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Nessel said that she believed that certain charges, such as forgery of a public record and election law forgery, were appropriate regarding the case.
"So I will say under state law, I think clearly you have forgery of a public record, which is a 14-year offense, and election law forgery, which is a five-year offense," she told Maddow.
A spokesperson for the U.S. attorney's office declined to comment to The Hill.
The case involves 16 Republicans who signed an inaccurate certificate saying that the former president had won the electoral votes in their state, The Detroit News . The certificate said that the electors had "convened and organized" at the state Capitol and that they were the state's "duly elected and qualified electors" - both of which the news outlet said were not true.
The U.S. Senate, the U.S. archivist and several other entities and individuals were given the inaccurate certificate by a Republican national committeewoman from the state, according to a memorandum obtained by the news outlet.
President Biden won the state by less than 3 percentage points during the 2020 presidential election - roughly 154,000 votes, according to The Detroit News. However, some Republicans have challenged multiple battleground states' votes.
The Hill has reached out to the Michigan Republican Party for comment.
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Mitt Romney made the comment Sunday after Lindsey Graham said he'd only back McConnell if he mends his relationship with Trump.Ties between McConnell and Trump soured significantly in the wake of the 2020 presidential election and the January 6 attack against the U.S. Capitol. The GOP Senate leader rejected Trump's false claims that the 2020 election was stolen and blamed the former president for inciting his supporters to attack the legislative branch of government. Since then, Trump has repeatedly slammed the Kentucky Republican, while McConnell has brushed aside the constant criticism.