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Previously Unreported Memo Reveals Plan to Use Fake Pro-Trump Electors to Overturn 2020 Election
Details of the "Fraudulent Elector Memo"
In late 2020, a Wisconsin lawyer named Kenneth Chesebro drafted a memo that outlined a detailed plan to use fictitious pro-Trump electors to overturn the 2020 election results, in which then-President Donald Trump lost to President Joe Biden. This six-page memo, which was not previously reported, was published by The New York Times on Tuesday evening.
Last week, a special counsel indictment in Washington, referred to this memo as the "Fraudulent Elector Memo." This indictment charged Trump with conspiring to illegally overturn the 2020 election results, to which Trump pleaded not guilty.
Chesebro's Role and the Memo's Proposal
Chesebro, a pro-Trump attorney, was identified by various news outlets as one of six unnamed co-conspirators in Trump's latest indictment. The memo, labeled as "privileged and confidential," was addressed to James Troupis, a Trump campaign lawyer in late 2020 who was challenging Wisconsin's vote counts.
While CNBC has not independently verified the memo, it bears a resemblance to a similar memo that Chesebro sent to Troupis a month earlier. This previous memo argued that Trump could overturn Biden's victory right up until January 6, 2021.
Implications of the Memo and its Aftermath
The December 6 memo suggested that groups of "electors" in six key states that Biden won should convene and cast false votes for Trump. These votes would then be packaged to appear as legitimate electoral votes and sent to Washington. According to Chesebro's plan, then-Vice President Mike Pence could then count these Trump votes instead of the actual electoral votes during a joint session of Congress on January 6.
However, Chesebro acknowledged that the U.S. Supreme Court "would likely end up ruling" that it was Congress's responsibility, not Pence's, to certify the election results. Despite this, he believed that allowing matters to unfold in this manner would focus public attention on alleged electoral abuses by the Democrats and buy the Trump campaign more time to win litigation that could potentially shift electoral votes.
The strategy to have Pence use his ceremonial role overseeing Congress' certification of the election to disrupt the proceedings was a key element in special counsel Jack Smith's indictment. However, Pence refused to reject legitimate electoral votes for Biden, resisting pressure from Trump and his allies. The January 6 proceedings eventually descended into a riot after a violent pro-Trump mob, incited by then-President Trump's false claims of widespread election fraud, stormed the U.S. Capitol.
Chesebro has not yet responded to CNBC's request for comment on the Times' report. For the full report, refer to The New York Times.
Implications of Election Integrity Controversies for New Businesses
The revelations of a previously unreported memo proposing the use of fake pro-Trump electors to overturn the 2020 election results could have significant implications for new businesses, particularly those in the political consulting and legal sectors.
The controversy surrounding this memo highlights the high-stakes, contentious nature of modern politics. For businesses operating in this sphere, it underscores the importance of maintaining ethical standards and transparency in all operations. The potential legal ramifications of such strategies, as evidenced by the indictment of former President Trump, serve as a stark reminder of the risks associated with unethical practices.
Moreover, the public reaction to these revelations could influence consumer behavior. Businesses may find themselves needing to navigate a politically polarized consumer base, with potential impacts on their brand reputation and customer relationships.
Finally, for businesses in the legal sector, this controversy could lead to increased demand for services related to election law and political consulting. As the complexities of election processes come under scrutiny, expert guidance and advice will be highly sought after.
In conclusion, while this controversy presents challenges, it also opens up opportunities for businesses that can navigate the complex and contentious landscape of modern politics.
Article First Published at: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/08/09/secret-memo-details-trump-plot-to-overturn-2020-loss-to-biden-report.html
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