FBI seizes Nevada GOP chairman’s phone in bogus voter investigation

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FBI seizes Nevada GOP chairman’s phone in bogus voter investigation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — FBI agents served a search warrant on the top Nevada GOP official on Wednesday, sources told 8 News Now I-Team’s George Knapp.

Officers seized Republican State Speaker Michael McDonald’s cellphone, reportedly as part of an investigation into a fake voter scheme initiated at the end of the 2020 presidential election.

A second search warrant was issued for state party secretary James DeGraffenreid, who also signed the document, but FBI agents were unable to locate him on Wednesday, sources told Knapp.

In December 2020, the 8 News Now I-Team reported that Nevada’s six Republican Party voters signed documents signaling their support for former President Donald Trump in a token ceremony devoid of any legal basis, which s is held in Carson City and coincides with the official state. – count sanctioned on December 14, 2020.

The actual state election certification versus the one sent by the Republican Party of Nevada. (KLAS)

President Joe Biden won the presidential race in Nevada by more than 2%. He received the state’s six electoral votes in the official state ceremony, overseen by Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske.

A video of the GOP event has since been deleted. In January, the I-Team received a copy of the forged certificates, which attempted to certify the state’s electoral votes to Trump.

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Nevada’s six Republican Party electors voted symbolically for President Donald Trump. The votes have no legal basis as the true voters in the state vote for President-elect Joe Biden. (Twitter/KLAS)

The certificate received by the National Archives is significantly different from the official state-sealed certificate and reads: “We, the undersigned, being the duly elected and qualified electors for President and Vice President of the United States of America from the State of Nevada, hereby certifies six electoral votes for Trump.

In a statement after the event, Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald said voters for the party gathered in Carson City due to ongoing legal battles to overturn election results. Nevada Republicans have lost all lawsuits involving allegations of voter fraud.

McDonald’s attorney Richard Wright was unavailable Wednesday. Defense attorney George Kelesis told I-Team he had “no comment on the FBI.”

The subpoenas, issued in late January, said in part: “…We are seeking information about your role and participation in the alleged list of voters voting for Donald Trump and, to the extent possible, your role in the events of the January 6, 2021.”

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FILE – In this June 23, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, is greeted by Nevada State GOP Chairman Michael McDonald as he arrives at the podium to speak at the convention of the Republican Party of Nevada at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/LE Baskow, File)

The Jan. 6 committee said during its hearing on Tuesday that part of its focus was on the bogus voter scheme.

The Nevada GOP did not immediately return a request for comment. The party did not respond to any requests for comment regarding voters.

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