A previously undisclosed memo from late 2020 has come to light, revealing a plan to reverse then-President Donald Trump’s defeat to President Joe Biden in the 2020 election, according to a report by The New York Times.
The memo, referred to as the “Fraudulent Elector Memo,” was published recently and provides a detailed account of using fabricated groups of pro-Trump electors to challenge the election outcome.
The memo, written by Wisconsin lawyer Kenneth Chesebro and marked “privileged and confidential,” was sent to James Troupis, a Trump campaign lawyer who was disputing Wisconsin’s vote counts.
Chesebro was subsequently identified as one of the unnamed co-conspirators in a special counsel indictment that accused Trump of conspiring to unlawfully overturn the election results.
Chesebro’s memo proposed that groups of supposed “electors” from six crucial states won by Biden gather and cast fraudulent votes for Trump. These counterfeit votes would be presented in a manner resembling legitimate electoral votes and sent to Washington.
Chesebro’s plan suggested that then-Vice President Mike Pence could count these fabricated Trump votes instead of the real electoral votes during a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021.
Chesebro stated that he wasn’t explicitly advising this course of action, and he acknowledged that the U.S. Supreme Court would likely rule that it was Congress’s responsibility, not Pence’s, to certify the election results.
However, he believed that pursuing this strategy would focus public attention on alleged electoral abuses by the Democrats and potentially grant more time for legal battles aimed at reducing Biden’s electoral votes or increasing Trump’s count.
Ultimately, the memo’s strategy was aimed at pressuring Pence to use his ceremonial role overseeing the certification of the election results to disrupt the proceedings.
In the end, Pence refused to reject valid electoral votes for Biden, leading to the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, when a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol building.