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FBI Seizes NV GOP Chairman’s Phone

FBI broadens probe in phony elector scheme in 2020 election

By Megan Barth, June 23, 2022 10:35 am

Last night, Channel 8 news dropped a bombshell that FBI agents reportedly served a search warrant on Nevada’s top GOP official, Michael McDonald, who was among Nevada GOP officials subpoenaed by the January 6 House select committee. Chairman McDonald was one of many GOP officials targeted by the FBI, the DOJ, and the House Select Committee as they step up their investigation and broaden their probe involving phony electors in several states, including Georgia and Arizona.

According to Channel 8 sources:

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

Agents seized the cell phone of state Republican chairman Michael McDonald, reportedly as part of an investigation into the fake elector 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 could not locate him Wednesday, sources told Knapp.

In December 2020, the 8 News Now I-Team reported the Nevada Republican Party’s six electors signed paperwork signaling their support for former President Donald Trump in a symbolic ceremony devoid of any legal merit, which was held in Carson City and coincided with the official state-sanctioned tally on Dec. 14, 2020.

The Nevada GOP announced their actions on Twitter and submitted the electors signed paperwork to the National Archives.

The Globe will continue to follow this developing story and provide updates.

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