MI AG Seeks Special Prosecutor in Probe08/08 06:08
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Attorney General's office is asking that
a special prosecutor investigate whether the Republican candidate for state
attorney general and others should be charged in connection with an effort to
gain access to voting machines after the 2020 election, according to published
The Detroit News reported Sunday that Attorney General Dana Nessel's office
has asked that the Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council, a state
agency, appoint a special prosecutor to consider charges against nine people,
including Republican attorney general candidate Matt DePerno, state Rep. Daire
Rendon of Lake City and Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf.
The newspaper reported that the details of allegations were made in a letter
sent Friday by Nessel's chief deputy attorney general, Christina Grossi, to
Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
They involved convincing local clerks to hand over voting tabulators,
breaking into them and performing "tests," according to the letter.
The request for a special prosecutor was made because of the potential
conflict of interest since Nessel likely will face DePerno in the November
DePerno, a lawyer, has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. The
political newcomer supports Trump's false claims about his 2020 loss in the
swing state to President Joe Biden. DePerno was endorsed by Michigan
Republicans at their state convention in April. He will be officially nominated
at a second convention later this month, but that was considered a formality.
"Dana Nessel knows she is losing this race," DePerno's campaign manager,
Tyson Shepard, said in a statement Sunday night, The News reported. "She is
desperate to win this election at all costs and is now targeting DePerno, her
political opponent. Her actions are unethical and will further demonstrate to
the voters that she is unfit for office."
Five tabulators were taken from Roscommon and Missaukee counties in northern
Michigan, and Barry County in western Michigan, according to the petition,
which further states that Ben Cotton, Jeff Lenberg, Douglas Logan and James
Penrose "broke into the tabulators and performed 'tests' on the equipment."
Cotton, Lenberg, Logan and Penrose have all been involved in efforts to
question the 2020 election. Cotton, Lenberg and Penrose were cited as experts
by DePerno in a lawsuit involving Antrim County, The News reported.
Logan is, the founder of Cyber Ninjas. He was involved in an audit of
results in Maricopa County, Arizona.
The News said Leaf didn't immediately respond to a request for comment
Sunday and Rendon couldn't be reached.
Obtaining undue possession of a voting machine used in an election is a
felony punishable by five years in prison, the newspaper reported.