December 26, 2023

Ronna McDaniel Could Face Bribery Charges in Michigan

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson commented on reports suggesting that Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel participated in a phone call with former President Donald Trump, where attempts were made to dissuade state election officials from certifying the 2020 presidential election results.

During an interview on CNN's "Newsroom" on Saturday, Benson noted that the reported actions could potentially lead to bribery charges against McDaniel.

Benson highlighted the alleged coordinated effort in battleground states to delay the certification process, creating confusion about the election results' validity.

She emphasized that blocking or refusing to certify results provided a false narrative of wrongdoing, despite the absence of evidence.

Benson described this strategy as part of a broader conspiracy that led to the presentation of a false slate of electors to Congress on January 6th.

Host Jim Acosta inquired about McDaniel's reported suggestion of providing lawyers to election workers during the phone call.

Benson interpreted this as an offer of something valuable, implying potential bribery and criminality.

She underscored that providing something of value to individuals to neglect their legal duty, in this case, the certification of the election, could be viewed as a criminal act.

The controversy surrounding the reported phone call is part of the larger narrative surrounding the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election and efforts to challenge the results.

As legal proceedings unfold, the role of key figures, including Ronna McDaniel, in these attempts is likely to be closely scrutinized. The potential for bribery charges adds another layer to the complex legal landscape surrounding election-related activities.

Benson acknowledged that the outcome would depend on whether prosecutors gained access to the recording and whether it became part of ongoing investigations at the state and federal levels as the issues from the 2020 election continue to impact the 2024 election.

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