US House January 6 panel subpoenas former Michigan GOP chair Laura Cox

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In a letter in Cox, committee chair Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, referenced her attendance at a Dec. 2, 2020, virtual event with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, which lobbied state lawmakers to rescind the election by saying that certifying the results would be a “criminal act.”

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“We would like to better understand these and other statements and events that you witnessed or participated in, and the communications we believe you may have had with national, state and local officials regarding the results of the November election. 2020,” Thompson wrote, requesting a deposition and documents.

Cox did not immediately return a voicemail requesting comment from Bridge Michigan on Tuesday.

The congressional committee includes two GOP lawmakers, but both were censored last week by the Republican National Committee for his participation.

The panel also subpoenaed two other Michigan officials: Republican National Committee member Kathy Berden and former 14th District GOP chairwoman Mayra Rodriguez.

Berden and Rodriguez were listed as chair and co-chair on an unofficial voter document filed with the National Archivist in January 2021.

Current Michigan Republican Party co-chairman Meshawn Maddock also signed the bogus document and said last month that the Trump campaign “asked us to do it.”

State Attorney General Dana Nessel said the fake voters likely violated laws in Michigan, where Democratic President Joe Biden beat Trump by 154,188 votes. A GOP-led Senate panel investigated the election and found no evidence of widespread fraud.

Nessel, a Democrat, did not pursue the charges against the alternate voters, but instead referred the matter to federal authorities.

Berden and Rodriguez did not respond to requests for comment. The Michigan Republican Party has also declined to comment so far.

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, who preceded Cox as Michigan state party chairman and is close to Berden, criticized the congressional investigation.

“Predictably, the January 6 Committee has now far exceeded its original purpose and morphed into something entirely different, investigating Republicans who had nothing to do with January 6 for the apparent misdemeanor of ‘to be a Republican,’ McDaniel wrote in a recent grandstand.

“Under the Committee’s approach, almost anything related to the 2020 election falls within its purview, including harassment of citizens who were not even in Washington, D.C. that day.”

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, cooperated with the congressional committee and wrote a letter to members last month detailing “concerning attempts to overturn the will of Michigan voters.”

Among other things, Benson noted reports that a draft presidential order prepared for Trump but never signed relied on faulty information about County Antrim voting machines to justify enter tabs in battleground states to check for possible fraud.

Internal documents first reported by The Detroit News show that Benson’s office also shared additional information with the committee, including requests from GOP challengers for flood the TCF Center in Detroit as election workers counted mail-in ballots within hours of the polls closing. (The TCF Center has since been renamed Huntington Square.)

In early December, Benson’s chief legal counsel sent the committee a Nov. 4, 2020, email from the North Oakland Republican Club ordering activists to go to Detroit and make sure “criminals” don’t “steal our country”.

Legal memos leaked by The New York Times and The Washington Post say the Trump campaign was trying to install its own slate of surrogate voters in battleground states while lawyers worked to undo Biden’s election victory in front of the court, efforts that ultimately failed.

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