We’ve known for several weeks that Republicans in multiple states created forged election materials, pretending to be “duly elected and qualified electors,” and sent the documents to, among others, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Archivist, as if the fake materials were legitimate. As the controversy has taken shape, answering the “why” question has been fairly easy.
It’s the “who” and the “how” questions that have been murkier.
That said, the answers continue to come into sharper focus. The New York Times reported overnight, for example, on a Trump campaign lawyer in Wisconsin receiving a memo in November 2020 “setting out what became the rationale for an audacious strategy: to put in place alternate slates of electors in states where President Donald J. Trump was trying to overturn his loss.”