Trump's unindicted co-conspirator in 2020 Michigan voter fraud probe, investigator testifies

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Former President Donald Trump attends a campaign event in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 2.



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Former President Donald Trump An investigator testified Wednesday at the Michigan attorney general's hearing that he was an unindicted co-conspirator in efforts to overturn the state's 2020 election.

The investigator also said the list of unindicted co-conspirators included former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis.

Some had these revelations at a pre-trial hearing in Lansing Michigan's Fake VotersMichigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has been charged in his investigation with attempting to disrupt the 2020 election.

Nessel, a Democrat, accused 16 fake Republican voters from Michigan last summer. CNN reported in December The investigation appears to be ongoing and expanding. One of the accused already He agreed to cooperate with Nessel's lawyers, in exchange for the charges being dropped. The remaining 15 pleaded not guilty.

Special Agent Howard Schock, one of the lead investigators in Nessel's investigation, asked a defense attorney in court Wednesday to confirm whether specific individuals were co-conspirators. Shock answered “yes” when the lawyer asked about Trump, Meadows, Giuliani and Ellis.

Trump, Giuliani, Meadows and Ellis have not faced charges in Michigan. They were all charged in Georgia's 2020 election interference case. Ellis He confessed to the crime In that case last year; Others deny wrongdoing.

A spokeswoman for Nessel's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the disclosure. CNN has reached out to attorneys representing Trump, Meadows and Ellis.

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“The continued weaponization of our justice system concerns all Michiganders and Americans,” Giuliani's spokesman Ted Goodman said in a statement.

A statewide investigation has focused heavily on the activities of individual fraudulent voters accused last summer. But since then, there have been some indications that lawyers are eyeing a broader Trump-backed effort in Michigan, where he lost by about 155,000 votes.

In December, investigators interviewed pro-Trump attorney Kenneth Chesbro, who played a key role in the fraudulent voter conspiracy. CNN previously reported Investigators asked him about Trump, Giuliani and Trump campaign operatives, questioning how they were responsible for efforts to meddle in decisions in Michigan and beyond.

The Trump campaign had a seven-state plan to subvert the Electoral College process after losing the 2020 election, and prosecutors in several states pursued charges against voter fraud.

CNN reported the news later Wednesday A grand jury in Arizona has handed up an indictment Including efforts to reverse his 2020 election defeat against Trump's allies Fake voters Many people from that state and associated with his campaign.

Boris EpsteinA former White House aide who is one of Trump's closest advisers; Meadows; And Giuliani According to a source familiar with the investigation, the accused include CNN has reached out to the accused for comment.

Although Trump is not among those charged in Arizona, the indictment details that he is “Unindicted Coconspirator 1.”

State Attorneys in Michigan, Arizona Georgia And Nevada Now they have blamed at least some of the fake voters in their states. An investigation is still underway in Wisconsin. Prosecutors in New Mexico and Pennsylvania declined to press charges.

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This story has been updated with additional details.

CNN's Zachary Cohen and Holmes Lybrand contributed to this report.

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