Advisor to Fake Trump Elector Scheme in Wisconsin Pleads Guilty to Felony Charge for Similar Plot in Georgia

Kenneth Chesebro Worked With Right-Wing Wisconsin Attorney Jim Troupis to Carry Out Scheme in Badger State

MADISON, Wis. — The promoter of a fake elector scheme intended to keep 2020 presidential election loser Donald Trump in office, Kenneth Chesebro, will plead guilty to a felony charge for his role in the scheme in Georgia. He joins several other defendants who have pleaded guilty in the criminal case brought by prosecutors there. Chesebro was also active in Wisconsin, advising well-connected, right-wing Trump campaign lawyer Jim Troupis on how to carry out the fake elector scheme that involved other top state Republicans.

“A top promoter of the criminal conspiracy to keep Donald Trump in office after he lost the 2020 election has pleaded guilty to a felony charge for his role in the fake elector scheme in Georgia,” commented A Better Wisconsin Together Deputy Director Mike Browne. “That’s a damning indictment of the same conduct of numerous high-ranking and well-connected right-wing figures who participated in that scheme here in Wisconsin.”

According to media reports:

Prosecutors allege that Chesebro unlawfully conspired with Trump and lawyers associated with his campaign to have the group of Georgia Republicans sign the false elector certificate and to submit it to various federal authorities. He also communicated with Trump campaign lawyers and Republican leaders in other swing states won by Biden to get those states to submit false slates of electors as well, prosecutors alleged.

That included writing memos advocating for Republicans in those states to meet and cast electoral votes for Trump and providing detailed instructions for how the process should be carried out. In an email to Giuliani, he outlined strategies to disrupt and delay the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021, during which electoral votes were to be certified. He wrote that those strategies were “preferable to allowing the Electoral Count Act to operate by its terms.”

Chesebro’s contact in Wisconsin in the conspiracy to overturn the election was Jim Troupis, the lead attorney for the Trump campaign in the state who also filed lawsuits trying to throw out more than 200,000 votes in Milwaukee and Dane counties.

Troupis is a longtime right-wing political operator in Wisconsin whose connections include:

In addition to Troupis, other Wisconsin Republicans involved in the fake elector scheme included then state party chair Andrew Hitt and current Wisconsin Elections Commission member Bob Spindell.

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