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Michigan AG looks into "potentially fraudulent activity" tied to false 2020 election claims

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Michigan Radio

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office will look into allegations of "potentially fraudulent activity" among people making false claims about the 2020 election. 

The allegations were raised in a report, from the Republican-controlled state Senate Oversight Committee, which found no evidence of “widespread or systemic fraud” in Michigan’s election.

Senate Oversight Committee members say Michigan citizens should be confident the outcome represents the "true results” of the 2020 presidential election. Democratic challenger Joe Biden defeated Republican incumbent Donald Trump by about 155,000 votes in Michigan. 

Since the election, Trump and his allies have pushed debunked conspiracy theories and false information about voter fraud.

In the report released Wednesday, the senators urged the state attorney general to consider investigating people who have made false allegations about results in Antrim County to raise money or publicity "for their own ends."

Attorney General Dana Nessel says she’s talked with Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) about his committee’s report and their request for the AG’s office to look into the allegations it raised. 

“We have made the decision in our department to at least analyze and evaluate and review all of those materials,” says Nessel. 

After the report was released, former President Donald Trump criticized Michigan State Senators Mike Shirkey and Ed McBroom. He accused them of “doing everything possible to stop Voter Audits in order to hide the truth about November 3rd.”

The former president claimed the Republican lawmakers wanted to “hide the truth” about the 2020 election. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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