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Michigan AG Warns of Making 'False Claim' of Election Fraud

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Sign with a message to Michigan's Board of State Canvassers is seen in Lansing, Michigan on Nov. 23, 2020. (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images)
 

By    |   Monday, 23 November 2020 06:48 PM

Michigan’s Democrat attorney general appeared to issue a veiled threat of prosecution to anyone claiming election fraud, posting to Twitter that making a false claim of a crime is itself a crime.

Attorney General Dana Nessel made the statement in a Twitter post in response to a narrative posted to the platform about the Michigan Board of Canvassers meeting, which took public comment and heard from former state Sen. Pat Colbeck.

The Twitter thread referenced an exchange between Colbeck and one of the “Democratic members” of the board — identified by TheHill.com as Julie Matuzak of Clinton Township — who asked him if he had evidence of fraud and had submitted it to the attorney general.

“I can confirm that Patrick Colbeck has never made a complaint of election fraud to the Michigan Dept. of Attorney General. If he had, we would have fully investigated said claim,” Nessel wrote. “Colbeck’s assertions aside, intentionally making a false claim of criminal activity to law enforcement is itself a crime. It’s been my experience that is often the reason certain reports are not made.”

Colbeck reportedly responded to Matuzak that he had affidavits that he had turned over to attorneys.

“I’ve submitted my affidavits to lawyers and we’ve moved it up the chain that way,” Colbeck told Matuzak. “I can submit it to anybody you’d like me to submit it to.”

Matuzak reportedly dismissed Colbeck’s complaint.

“If there is an accusation of fraud, this board is not equipped nor authorized to investigate fraud,” Matuzak said. “It should appropriately be sent to the attorney general's office. I encourage you to do that.”

The canvassers eventually certified the election results declaring Biden the winner despite numerous claims and pending lawsuits alleging fraud and other irregularities.

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