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FBI seizes Nevada GOP chairman’s phone as part of fake elector investigation

Michael McDonald, 2nd man subpoenaed in January

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — FBI brokers served a search warrant Wednesday on Nevada’s high GOP official, sources informed the 8 News Now I-Team’s George Knapp.

Agents seized the cell phone of state Republican chairman Michael McDonald, reportedly as part of an investigation into the fake elector scheme initiated on the finish of the 2020 presidential election.

A second search warrant was issued for state social gathering secretary James DeGraffenreid, who additionally signed the doc, however FBI brokers couldn’t find him Wednesday, sources informed Knapp.

In December 2020, the 8 News Now I-Team reported the Nevada Republican Party’s six electors signed paperwork signaling their assist for former President Donald Trump in a symbolic ceremony devoid of any authorized advantage, which was held in Carson City and coincided with the official state-sanctioned tally on Dec. 14, 2020.

The state’s actual election certification versus the one despatched in by the Nevada Republican Party. (KLAS)

A video of the occasion has since been deleted. In January, the I-Team acquired a replica of the fake certificates, which tried to certify the state’s six electoral votes within the 2020 presidential election to Trump.

The certificates acquired by the National Archives seems to be a lot completely different than the official state-sealed one and reads, “We, the undersigned, being the duly elected and qualified electors for president and vice president of the United States of America from the State of Nevada, do hereby certify six electoral votes for Trump.”

Nevada’s six Republican Party electors cast symbolic votes for President Donald Trump. The votes haven’t any authorized advantage as the state’s precise electors cast their votes for President-elect Joe Biden. (Twitter/KLAS)

In a press release after the occasion, Nevada GOP chair Michael McDonald stated the social gathering’s electors convened in Carson City as a consequence of ongoing authorized battles looking for to overturn the election outcomes. Nevada Republicans lost all courtroom circumstances involving allegations of voter fraud.

McDonald’s legal professional, Richard Wright, was unavailable Wednesday. Defense legal professional George Kelesis informed the I-Team he had “no comment about the FBI.”

FILE – In this June 23, 2018, file photograph, President Donald Trump, left, is greeted by Nevada State GOP Chairman Michael McDonald as he arrives on the podium to talk through the Nevada Republican Party Convention on the Suncoast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow, File)

The subpoenas, issued in late January, stated in part, “… We are seeking information about your role and participation in the purported slate of electors casting votes for Donald Trump and, to the extent relevant, your role in the events of January 6, 2021.”

The Jan. 6 committee stated in its listening to Tuesday that part of its focus was on the fake elector scheme.

The Nevada GOP didn’t instantly return a request for remark. The social gathering has not responded to any request for remark concerning the electors.

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