Antelope Valley Press

Civil suit with fake Trump electors settled


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ten Republican­s who posed as fake electors for former President Donald Trump in Wisconsin and filed paperwork falsely saying he had won the battlegrou­nd state have settled a civil lawsuit and admitted their actions were part of an effort to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory, attorneys who filed the case announced Wednesday.

Under the agreement, the fake electors acknowledg­ed that Biden won the state, withdrew their filings and agreed not to serve as presidenti­al electors in 2024 or any other election where Trump is on the ballot.

The 10 agreed to send a statement to the government offices that received the Electoral College votes saying that their actions were “part of an attempt to improperly overturn the 2020 presidenti­al election results.”

The settlement marks the first time that any Trump electors have revoked their filings sent to Congress purporting that Trump had won in seven battlegrou­nd states. Nevada on Wednesday became the third state to criminally charge fake electors, following Georgia and Michigan. Trump faces charges in Georgia and in a federal investigat­ion of his conduct related to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

The settlement was announced by Law Forward, Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Constituti­onal Advocacy and Protection and the Madison-based Stafford Rosenbaum law firm.

There is no known criminal investigat­ion ongoing in Wisconsin. Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul has signaled that he is relying on federal investigat­ors to look into what happened in Wisconsin, while also not ruling out a state probe.

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