The Wisconsin Elections Commission declined to impose sanctions on a group of 10 Republicans who posed as alternate electors for the 2020 presidential election.
A letter from the commission Tuesday said the decision was unanimous among its six members, one of whom, Bob Spindell, was part of the slate of false electors backing former President Donald Trump, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"We simply gathered on the advice of legal counsel to ensure all options were preserved in case of a court decision favorable to the Trump legal team in ongoing litigation," said Andrew Hitt, a former chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party and one of the false electors, in a statement.
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President Joe Biden won the state of Wisconsin by nearly 21,000 votes, and 10 Democratic electors sent the state's Electoral College votes to Congress.
Trump and his allies insisted that Wisconsin and several other battleground states were ripe with widespread fraud and irregularities, claims that have been roundly rejected by election officials and the courts. Amid this push to overturn the results, alternate slates of electors were prepared and sent to Washington, D.C.
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Jeff Mandell, an attorney from Madison who filed the complaint accusing the Wisconsin alternate electors of being fraudulent, said in a Twitter thread that Spindell should not have been part of the decision, which he called "procedurally tainted, based on factual errors, and legally unsupported."
On the federal level, the Justice Department is investigating fake Electoral College certificates that falsely declared Trump the winner of the 2020 election.