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Michigan Attorney General Wants Opponent Investigated Over 2020 Election Claims

Michigan’s attorney general has filed a request for an investigation into the Republican running to unseat her.

The petition to the Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council asks for a special investigator to probe the Republican, Matthew DePerno, for what was described as a “coordinated plan” to gain access to voting tabulators used in three counties.

A preliminary review conducted by the office of state Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Michigan State Police has developed evidence that supports prosecutorial review, according to the petition, which was made public on Aug. 8.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, asked for the review.

DePerno worked with others to obtain five tabulators, which were taken to hotels or AirBnB rentals in Oakland County, Nessel deputy Danielle Hagaman-Clark said. His co-conspirators broke into the tabulators and performed tests on the equipment, and DePerno was allegedly present during the tests.

Possible charges include conspiracy, using a computer system to commit a crime, and willfully damaging a voting machine.

There was no conflict of interest when the probe began, but DePerno has since become the presumptive Republican nominee for attorney general, the letter notes. Nessel, a Democrat, is running for re-election.

A special prosecutor should thus be appointed to handle the prosecutorial review, the petition says.


The campaign of DePerno, the lawyer in one of the highest-profile 2020 election cases in the country, said he denied the allegations from Nessel’s office, calling the petition “an incoherent liberal fever dream of lies.”

“It is clear that Dana Nessel is attacking our democracy and demonstrates she wants to turn our great country into a banana republic,” the campaign said. “This is a complete absurdity that shows the tactics of the institutional left. Matt DePerno looks forward to defeating her and bringing back order to this office in November.”

If action is taken on the claims, Nessel may herself be prosecuted in the future, the Republican’s campaign also said.

DePerno was picked by the Michigan Republican Party in April to challenge Nessel, over Tom Leonard, a former Michigan House speaker, and state Rep. Ryan Berman.

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed him.

The Michigan Republican Party is slated to formally name DePerno as its attorney general candidate at the state convention later in August.

The general election is scheduled for Nov. 8.

Nessel, who took office in 2019 after running a legal firm, is running unopposed. Libertarian Joe McHugh is also in the race.

Zachary Stieber


Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.

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