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Arizona State Senator Indicted Over 2020 Election ‘Scheme’ Secures RNC Position

Arizona state Sen. Jake Hoffman announced on Saturday that he was elected as national committeeman for the Republican National Committee (RNC), three days after an Arizona grand jury indicted him for the “fake electors scheme”—described as an effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

The indictment included 10 other Republicans who submitted “procedural vote“ documents to Congress claiming that former President Donald Trump won Arizona in 2020, after he narrowly lost the state to President Joe Biden by less than one percent of the vote.

While the other seven defendants were not directly named, detailed descriptions indicate that President Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, lawyer Rudy Giuliani, lawyer John Eastman, and lawyer Christina Bobb are likely on the list.

“I’m humbled and honored to have been elected as the next RNC National Committeeman for Arizona!,” Mr. Hoffman said in an April 27 post on the social platform X.

“The road to saving America runs through our great state, and the RNC has a crucial role to play in supporting and empowering the Republican grassroots who fight every day against the Democratic Fascists currently trying to destroy opportunity and prosperity for everyone who calls Arizona home,” he added.

Mr. Hoffman is accused of sending a Jan. 5, 2021, letter to former Vice President Mike Pence, urging him to allow Arizona’s state Legislature members to decide its 2020 electors instead of the state’s popular vote, which was being contested by Republicans and President Trump.

“It is in this late hour, with urgency, that I respectfully ask that you delay the certification of election results for Arizona during the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021, and seek clarification from the Arizona state legislature as to which slate of electors are proper and accurate,” Mr. Hoffman allegedly wrote in the 2021 letter.

Mr. Hoffman had previously told reporters that the Arizona GOP’s uncertainty in the “outcome of our [2020] election” meant that no electors should be sent and that any Democrat electors should be contested.

Dueling slates of electors are possible in U.S. elections under the U.S. Constitution and the 1887 Electoral Count Act if the executive and legislative branches disagree on the correct outcome from the popular vote.

The senator released a statement after learning of his indictment regarding his efforts to challenge the 2020 election.

“Let me be unequivocal, I am innocent of any crime, I will vigorously defend myself, and I look forward to the day when I am vindicated of this disgusting political persecution by the judicial process,” Mr. Hoffman said.

President Trump was not directly named in the indictment, but document details suggest he might be “Unindicted Coconspirator 1.”

Those who were directly named in the indictment include former Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward, Turning Point USA’s Tyler Bowyer, and state Sen. Anthony Kern, who is running for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District in 2024.

Arizona is the fourth state after Georgia, Michigan, and Nevada to indict allies of President Trump who are accused of engaging in the “false elector scheme” to challenge the 2020 presidential election results.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on President Trump’s immunity claim soon, with some speculating the decision could come by June. The decision could affect some or all of the criminal cases against President Trump and his allies, including the Arizona indictments.

President Trump has argued that he was acting in an official capacity as president when he allegedly engaged in the so-called fake electors scheme and asked the Supreme Court to grant him immunity for those actions.

The Republican Party of Arizona released an April 24 statement on X, dismissing the indictments as “pure election interference.”

“They do nothing but undermine the trust in our state’s legal processes and are clearly designed to silence dissent and weaponize the law against political opponents,” the party wrote.

READ 11 COMMENTS
  • J says:

    Fricking idiots.

  • Kathleen says:

    2020 was a horrible traitorous stealing of an election away from the American people. Those who stole it are trying to scare everyone from talking about it because they know its absolutely true.

  • Debra says:

    There will be a reckoning

  • Frustrated says:

    Trump did in fact win Arizona. Freaking Hobbs was Sec of State and should have recused herself, but she had a plan in place and refused to step down so she could cheat her way in. I don’t give an owls hoot what anyone else thinks, because I personally know of people whose ballots weren’t recognized or were spit out when they had them in the scanner. My son had to leave the voting place where he was and go to another place to place his vote. It was a fucking sham and Hobbs should be in jail for cheating the system. She fixed it and being as stupid as she is, it’s amazing to think she could pull it off. So, I believe the bitch had help on the inside. She has been the absolute worst Governor the state has ever had in my lifetime of voting. She needs to be recalled.

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