‘Fake Elector’ Says He Was Tricked

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

(TargetLiberty.org) – On Sunday, the former head of the Wisconsin Republican Party disclosed during an interview on “60 Minutes” with Anderson Cooper that he was misled into endorsing documents that falsely declared Donald Trump the victor of the 2020 election, as a component of what is known as the “fake elector” plot in the state.

Andrew Hitt recounted how he was counseled by the legal team of the state GOP to append his signature to these papers as a precautionary measure, pending the outcome of the Trump campaign’s legal challenge to the credibility of Wisconsin’s election results. Despite feeling uneasy about efforts by the Trump campaign to invalidate votes in Wisconsin and skeptical of the claims of pervasive fraud, Hitt said he was assured by attorneys that the documents would hold no significance unless validated by a court ruling.

Feeling coerced and concerned about potential repercussions if the legal challenge by Trump was successful and the electors were found unprepared, Hitt expressed his apprehensions about the period being fraught with uncertainty. He admitted to regretting his action upon realizing there was an underlying deceptive strategy he was not initially aware of.

On December 14, Hitt and nine other GOP electors from Wisconsin convened at the state Capitol to execute the document, under the oversight of Kenneth Chesebro, a lawyer for the Trump campaign, who has been identified as a key figure in orchestrating the fake elector strategy. This took place concurrently with the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s rejection of the Trump campaign’s lawsuit by a narrow margin.

Despite the state Supreme Court’s decision, Hitt proceeded with the signing, contemplating the possibility of a reversal by the Supreme Court. Chesebro, among others involved in similar schemes in different states, faces charges in Georgia related to the fake elector plot, having already entered a guilty plea to reduced charges after an agreement with the prosecutors there.

Hitt’s actions and those of the other Wisconsin GOP electors were later discredited, especially in the aftermath of the disturbances at the Capitol on January 6. Although fake electors have been criminally charged in various states, such repercussions have not extended to Wisconsin, where Hitt believes the prosecutors recognize that the electors were deceived. He has cooperated with federal investigators and maintains that the evidence clearly shows they were duped, a sentiment echoed in the civil suit settlement by the Wisconsin fake electors, who conceded their role in an endeavor to subvert the 2020 presidential election outcome.

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