Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel could face bribery charges after a phone call emerged where she tried to get Michigan election officials to not certify the 2020 presidential election results.
During the phone call to the election official, McDaniel, and former President Donald Trump offered to provide lawyers to two Michigan canvassers, urging them not to certify the results of the 2020 election.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Saturday told CNN’s “Newsroom” host Jim Acosta that McDaniels could be looking at a possible briber charge.
According to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, her office will cooperate with the office of her state's attorney general on possible charges to be filed against Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel based upon bribery allegations. ⤵️ https://t.co/R0nBWkiJJd
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“Well, it certainly suggests an offer of something of value, sort of paying for attorneys in order to not fail to do your public duty, which in this case was very clear,” Benson said when Acosta asked about McDaniel’s offer to the officials. “These local officials had a public legal duty, a ministerial responsibility to certify the election. So offering something to someone of value for them to fail to do their legal duty under the law would suggest, you know, potential bribery, potential criminality. Of course, it all depends on whether this recording is ultimately accessed by prosecutors, and whether it becomes part of the investigations that are already ongoing in criminal proceedings at the state and federal level.”
Benson claimed the phone call was part of an alleged conspiracy and coordinated effort in all the battleground states to delay certification.
“It really underscores the vast conspiracy, for lack of a better word, that was at play,” Benson said of the phone call. “A coordinated effort in all the battleground states to delay certification creates enough confusion about the validity of the election results. Because if you have people block or refuse certify, that gives you another reason or him another reason to say, see, there’s something wrong, even though there is no evidence that there was anything wrong, and create this false sense of doubt that was all about leading to this false slate of electors being presented to Congress on January 6th. Of course, we saw how that unfolded and the tragedy of that day.”