Wisconsin faux elector on why he signed phony electoral doc for Trump

Wisconsin faux elector on why he signed phony electoral doc for Trump

The month after the presidential election in 2020, Democratic and Republican electors representing the candidate who received the favored vote of their states gathered throughout the nation to formally forged electoral votes for president. 

However in seven states that Joe Biden received, Republican electors acquired collectively anyway and forged phony votes for Donald Trump. They’ve turn into often called faux electors. And based on federal prosecutors, they have been a part of a plan to overturn the election, orchestrated by pro-Trump attorneys with Trump’s help. State prison costs have been filed in opposition to faux electors in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Nevada.

Wisconsin’s faux electors have not been charged, and as we first reported in February, one in every of them, Andrew Hitt, an lawyer and former chairman of the state Republican Get together, agreed to sit down down with us to elucidate how he says he and Wisconsin’s different GOP electors have been tricked by the Trump marketing campaign.

Anderson Cooper: You have been head of the Republican Get together in Wisconsin. Have been you a giant Trump supporter?

Andrew Hitt: I labored tirelessly for him. I, you already know, day and night–

Andrew Hitt
Andrew Hitt

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ANDREW HITT: Let’s put it collectively for the president of the US yet one more time! 

Andrew Hitt: — oftentimes cellphone calls would begin by 6:00 within the morning, and would not finish till 10:30 at evening. I did all the pieces I presumably may.

DONALD TRUMP: The Wisconsin Republican Get together Chairman Andrew Hitt.

Andrew Hitt was usually singled out by President Trump at rallies in Wisconsin.

DONALD TRUMP: Andrew Hitt!

DONALD TRUMP: Andrew Hitt!

DONALD TRUMP: How we doing, Andrew? Gonna win this state? We gotta win it. 

However Trump did not win in Wisconsin. He misplaced to Joe Biden by some 20,700 votes. The Trump marketing campaign appealed, difficult greater than 200,000 absentee ballots on technical grounds in two Democratic counties.

RUDY GIULIANI: In the event you rely the lawful votes, Trump received Wisconsin by a superb margin.

Andrew Hitt: That was false. What he stated was false.

Anderson Cooper: The Trump marketing campaign needed the votes in Dane County and Milwaukee County tossed. Did you help that concept?

Andrew Hitt: – it wasn’t one thing that I used to be snug with.

Anderson Cooper: Dane County and Milwaukee County in Wisconsin– are essentially the most liberal counties. The vast majority of the Black inhabitants in Wisconsin reside in these two counties. 

Andrew Hitt: Right. Right.

Anderson Cooper: Personally, you didn’t consider all these absentee ballots needs to be thrown out?

Andrew Hitt: Properly, I voted that method, you already know. I voted that method. 

Anderson Cooper: You did not assume your personal vote needs to be thrown out?

Andrew Hitt: No. 

On Nov. 30, Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers licensed Joe Biden’s victory — authorizing the state’s Democratic electors to assemble on the state capitol on Dec. 14 to forged their electoral votes for Biden.

However days earlier Andrew Hitt says he obtained a name from the Republican Nationwide Committee.

Anderson Cooper: What was the attain out to you?

Andrew Hitt: “Can we get a listing of the Wisconsin Republican electors?”

Anderson Cooper: That made you suspicious?

Andrew Hitt: It did.

Andrew Hitt: I used to be already involved that they have been gonna attempt to say that the Democratic electors weren’t correct in Wisconsin due to fraud.

Anderson Cooper: You did not consider there was any widespread fraud–

Andrew Hitt: No, and I used to be very concerned, clearly, within the election.

Hitt was one in every of 10 republicans nominated to be an elector if Trump received in Wisconsin. On Dec. 4, he says, he was suggested by the state GOP’s exterior authorized counsel to assemble the opposite Republican electors on Dec. 14 on the Capitol and as a contingency, signal a doc claiming Trump received the state in case a court docket overturned the election in Wisconsin.

Anderson Cooper: In case the authorized arguments that the Trump group is making really win in court docket? 

Andrew Hitt: Proper. And I bear in mind asking, “How– how can this be? {That a} court docket overturns the election and, simply because we do not meet and fill out this paperwork on the 14th, that Trump would forfeit Wisconsin?” And the– authorized evaluation again was, “The statute’s very clear: The electors have to fulfill at midday on the Capitol in Wisconsin on December 14th.”

Andrew Hitt and Anderson Cooper
Andrew Hitt and Anderson Cooper

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That morning the state Supreme Courtroom — in a 4-3 ruling — rejected the Trump marketing campaign’s try to throw out greater than 200,000 votes. However Andrew Hitt says he and the opposite Republican electors met anyway to forged faux votes as a result of he’d been advised the Trump marketing campaign would attraction to the U.S. Supreme Courtroom. Kenneth Chesebro, a pro-Trump lawyer — who was an alleged architect of the faux electors plan — confirmed as much as watch.

Andrew Hitt: We acquired particular recommendation from our legal professionals that these paperwork have been meaningless except a court docket stated they’d which means.

Anderson Cooper: You might be deciding to signal this doc as an elector, and getting the opposite electors to signal this doc primarily based on a court docket problem that you simply your self do not consider has legitimacy.

Andrew Hitt: I would not say it would not have legitimacy– that is totally different than not personally agreeing with it.

Anderson Cooper: You personally do not consider that legit votes by Wisconsin residents needs to be tossed out. And but, you’re signing a doc in help of a lawsuit which is alleging simply that. 

Andrew Hitt: And if I did not do this, and the court docket did throw out these votes, it might have been solely my fault that Trump would not have received Wisconsin. 

DONALD TRUMP: Ah, stunning youngsters Andrew. Good. Good. I’ll blame you Andrew if they do not do it.

Andrew Hitt: Are you able to think about the repercussions on myself, my household, if it was me, Andrew Hitt, who prevented Donald Trump from profitable Wisconsin. 

Anderson Cooper: You are saying you have been scared? 

Andrew Hitt: Completely.

Anderson Cooper: Fearful of Trump supporters in your state? 

Andrew Hitt: It was not a protected time. If my lawyer is correct, and the entire purpose Trump loses Wisconsin is due to me, I’d be scared to loss of life.

Anderson Cooper: Signing authorized paperwork of such consequence that you do not consider in and you do not consider the underlying purpose for the paperwork, it’s– I imply, it isn’t precisely a profile in braveness.

Andrew Hitt: No.

Anderson Cooper: How do you’re feeling about that now?

Andrew Hitt: I imply, horrible. If I knew what I knew now, I would not have accomplished it. It was saved from us that there was this alternate scheme, alternate motive.

That alleged alternate scheme is a outstanding a part of particular counsel Jack Smith’s indictment of the previous president.

JACK SMITH: …charging Donald J. Trump with conspiring to defraud the US.

Based on Smith, what started as a authorized technique in Wisconsin advanced into “a corrupt plan” involving six different states as effectively.

ARIZONA GOP ELECTORS: Donald J. Trump, of the state of Florida. Variety of votes, 11.

Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Michigan.


Michigan’s 2020 legitimate Democratic electors want to set the record straight

04:58

MICHIGAN WOMAN: He stated we will not enter.

POLICE: The electors are already right here – they have been checked in.

The place a few of the faux electors could not persuade police to allow them to into the Capitol.

Jack Smith cites this Dec. 6 memo written by Ken Chesebro detailing methods “the Trump marketing campaign can stop Biden from amassing 270 electoral votes on January 6…” 

Smith alleges the multistate scheme was designed to “create a faux controversy” and “place the vp… to supplant legit electors with [Trump’s] faux electors and certify [him] as president.”

By Jan. 4, based on inner emails, some within the Trump marketing campaign have been panicking. They believed the faux electors’ paperwork from Michigan and Wisconsin hadn’t arrived in Vice President Mike Pence’s Senate workplace.

Anderson Cooper: Your colleague texted you, “Freakin’ Trump idiots need somebody to fly authentic elector papers to the Senate president.” You wrote, “That is simply nuts.” What was nuts about it?

Andrew Hitt: I imply, we have now the certification approaching the sixth. Um, how– how do you not have the paperwork?

Anderson Cooper: I imply you have stated that you simply solely went together with this plan to protect Trump’s candidacy within the occasion of a court docket ruling. January 4th, simply two days earlier than January sixth, did you actually assume that was nonetheless attainable?

Andrew Hitt: Properly, bear in mind, the Wisconsin Supreme Courtroom had been appealed. And so January 4th, it appeared like, yeah, it is attainable that a way more conservative United States Supreme Courtroom may overturn a four-three determination.

To get the paperwork to Washington, they picked Alesha Guenther, then a 23-year-old regulation faculty pupil working half time for Wisconsin’s Republican Get together.

Alesha Guenther
Alesha Guenther

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Alesha Guenther: I used to be on break from regulation faculty, um– and needed to make some more money (snort) for– to pay for books and labored for the get together for my month off of faculty. So on January 4th, I acquired a name from the Government Director of the Republican Get together of Wisconsin, since I used to be serving to out on the time–

Anderson Cooper: What did you assume while you acquired the textual content?

Alesha Guenther: At first, I did not know what it was. After which, he adopted up and requested, you already know, that the Trump marketing campaign needed these papers flown out to DC as a result of they’d gotten misplaced within the mail.

Guenther says she picked up the papers right here on the state get together headquarters, and on Jan. 5 flew to Washington.

ALESHA GUENTHER: So that is the email-

She confirmed us her e-mail chain with Ken Chesebro and the Trump marketing campaign’s senior advisor, Mike Roman.

Alesha Guenther: -explaining that I ought to solely give the paperwork to Ken Chesebro. So, um, after which, they requested me to fulfill up with him exterior the Trump Lodge.

 Anderson Cooper: I imply, it sounds very secretive.

Alesha Guenther: Yeah, I assumed that that e-mail was fairly odd and dramatic-

Anderson Cooper: And also you knew what was taking place on January sixth?

Anderson Cooper: -in phrases of the– the certification of the vote.

Alesha Guenther: I do not know if I used to be very tuned into that. Really as a result of I assumed {that a} court docket of regulation would have want to– wanted to overturn the election for these paperwork for use. 

Anderson Cooper: Do you know what Chesebro seemed like?

Alesha Guenther: So he had really despatched me a selfie.

Anderson Cooper: He– he despatched you a selfie–

Alesha Guenther: Sure.

Anderson Cooper: –so that you’d realize it was him- 

Alesha Guenther: Yeah. 

Anderson Cooper: Can I see it?

Alesha Guenther: Yeah.

She nonetheless has the picture saved on her cellphone.

Anderson Cooper: That is– that is Ken Chesebro.

Alesha Guenther: Uh-huh (affirm).

Anderson Cooper: What did he say to you?

Alesha Guenther: He form of took a dramatic step again, and checked out me, and stated, “You might need simply made historical past.”

Ken Chesebro advised investigators he delivered the Wisconsin paperwork to Capitol Hill. The following day, on Jan. 6, he may be seen in movies exterior the capitol close to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. 

ADAM SCHIFF: I now wish to look much more deeply on the faux electors scheme…

Based on the January sixth Choose Committee, an aide to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson tried to rearrange to get the faux electors slates to Vice President Pence.

DONALD TRUMP: And I hope Mike is gonna do the fitting factor, I hope so. I hope so. As a result of if Mike Pence does the fitting factor, we win the election.

However Pence’s aide refused, texting “don’t give that to him,” based on the committee.

When the Senate chamber needed to be evacuated, the true electoral votes in these packing containers have been taken to security. and when Congress resumed, they have been returned into the Home chamber.

MIKE PENCE: Pursuant to Senate concurrent decision…

Vice President Pence introduced the election outcomes and closed the session at 3:44 a.m. Jan. 7.

The Supreme Courtroom finally declined to listen to the Trump marketing campaign’s lawsuit in Wisconsin.

Anderson Cooper: What do you consider Donald Trump persevering with to say that the 2020 election was stolen?

Andrew Hitt: I imply, it wasn’t stolen. It wasn’t stolen in Wisconsin.

This previous December, Andrew Hitt and Wisconsin’s different Republican electors settled a civil lawsuit in opposition to them by a few of the state’s Democratic electors. They admitted they signed a doc that was “used as a part of an try to improperly overturn the 2020 presidential election outcomes.”

Hitt resigned as chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Get together in August 2021.

He is cooperated with the January sixth committee.

ANDREW HITT, SOT: -using our electors in ways in which we weren’t advised about, um, and we would not have supported.

And, he says, he is additionally cooperated with federal prosecutors. He maintains he and the opposite faux electors in Wisconsin have been tricked. 

Andrew Hitt: Each time anyone sees our textual content messages, our emails, our paperwork, they perceive, they know they- their conclusion is we have been tricked.The January sixth Committee noticed it. Jack Smith particularly in his indictment refers to a few of the electors have been tricked. That was us. 

Anderson Cooper: The previous president is thought to look at “60 Minutes.” If he is watching, what would you wish to say to him?

Andrew Hitt: I’d say that this nation wants to maneuver ahead. That we’d like a frontrunner who is– tackles severe issues and severe points that this nation faces. And we’d like religion in our establishments once more. And the subsequent president of the US wants to do this.

Anderson Cooper: And in your opinion, that is not him.

Andrew Hitt: That’s not him. Right.

Produced by Sarah Koch. Affiliate producer, Madeleine Carlisle. Broadcast affiliate, Grace Conley. Edited by April Wilson.

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Anderson Cooper, anchor of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” has contributed to 60 Minutes since 2006. His distinctive reporting on large information occasions has earned Cooper a popularity as one in every of tv’s preeminent newsmen.

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