(NewsReady.com) – When former President Donald Trump lost the election in 2020, some of his staunchest supporters came up with a plan to keep him in office. They believed he was robbed of the victory and sent alternate electors to be certified instead. Those electors, all from key battleground states, would cast their ballots for him, and he would then stay in power. That backfired, and now one group has admitted he didn’t win the election after all.
In 2020, a group of 10 alternate Republican electors signed documents declaring Trump the winner of the Wisconsin election. In 2022, two of President Joe Biden’s electors and a Wisconsin voter filed a civil suit, alleging Trump attorneys Jim Troupis and Kenneth Chesebro of being in on the scheme. The lawsuit accused the men of engaging in a civil conspiracy that broke federal and state laws. They asked for $2.4 million in damages.
Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP), Law Forward, and Stafford Rosenbaum LLP issued a joint statement announcing a settlement. Under the terms of the agreement, the alternate electors acknowledged that Trump didn’t win.
According to the electors’ statement, they were following requests from the Wisconsin GOP and Trump Campaign to sign a document titled “Certificate of Votes of the 2020 Electors from Wisconsin.” They said they signed the document because they believed it was “necessary to preserve their electoral votes” if a challenge was successful. However, they claimed the document was “used as part of an attempt to improperly overturn the 2020 presidential election results.” They went on to say Biden was the real winner, and they were not actually duly elected electors, as they’d claimed in the 2020 document.
As part of the settlement, they agreed they would never serve as electors in a presidential race featuring Trump. They vowed to participate in any investigations into the election. The alternate electors also promised they would not violate state or federal election laws in the future. In return, they will not be required to pay any damages in the lawsuit.
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