MADISON, WI – U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) spoke with Joy Reid on MSNBC this afternoon to discuss a letter he sent to United States Attorney General Merrick Garland asking him to investigate fraudulent electors in the 2020 election.

Click here to watch the full interview, and find excerpts of Rep. Pocan’s remarks below.

“We went through a violent insurrection on January 6 of 2021. But this in many ways, is it insurrection done with a computer in some shady legal work. People were trying to pretend to they were someone they weren’t. They were trying to circumvent the process in set it up so that Mike Pence could say I can’t count these states, therefore, Donald Trump is president. And now we’re clearly seeing the the pieces of the puzzle that this was orchestrated by the Trump campaign and people knew what they were doing. In fact, of the seven states, two of the states were smart enough to say, wink wink in the language that they knew that they weren’t really doing this. But the other five states, including Wisconsin, outright lied, so it was a forgery. It was a lie as a public official. And we need the Department of Justice to take action.”

“It’s some kind of a MAGA pyramid scheme, especially when you start showing all the interconnections of the same people doing this. Clearly this was to set up what happened on January 6th. The President had invited 10s of 1,000s of people to come to the White House that day and meantime they were setting this other case up to put out how fraudulent the election was and to actually seize equipment, which would really have made 1/6 even more intense and probably more people would have came. This is clearly Rudy Giuliani and the My Pillow Guy, and you name whatever crackpot involved with the Trump campaign coming up with these crazy ideas to keep Donald Trump in office no matter what, which ultimately culminated in what happened on January 6. We have to get to the bottom of this. It may be one thing for people to be part of a violent insurrection on January 6, but it’s another thing when people in seven states falsely stated that they were electors as part of the same scheme. We have to have full accountability across all levels.”

“The Republican Party is not a political party anymore. It’s a cult of an individual – Donald Trump. And Donald Trump acts like a mafia don. A mafia don would blush at how he operates. If you challenge him, if you don’t do everything he says, he’ll challenge you in Republican primaries. Look at how many of the people who challenged him on impeachment who are now not running for reelection because he acts in such a thug-like way. This is what we’ve seen out of the Trump campaign and the Trump administration. They clearly had a scheme to try to steal the election. They didn’t succeed and that’s a good thing. But now we have to get to the bottom line and figure out everyone who’s involved at every level, whether it be these electors, whether it be the people who are part of 1/6, and who was involved with all of this. It’s important for our democracy to make sure we have this down. We have to give people confidence, full confidence in their vote. The one thing that you and I and Rudy Giuliani have in common is we have one vote. And we have to make sure that everyone knows that they have that equal ability to have a voice in this republic and if they don’t, we really will be at risk.”

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