Prominent in it is a Phoenix attorney who worked with the Trump campaign, Jack Wilenchik.
Wilenchik corresponded with Trump campaign adviser Boris Epshteyn and others on Dec. 8, according to the Times report.
In one email, he directly refers to the voters as “‘fake’ voters”, before later suggesting that a more palatable phrase would be “alternate” voters.
Many have suggested that this line shows that those involved knew these voters were “fakes” to begin with. But Wilenchik used the word in quotation marks, perhaps suggesting that he was taking someone else’s word for it. But perhaps the most surprising development is how he described his purpose.
“We would only send ‘fake’ electoral votes to Pence so that ‘someone’ in Congress can raise an objection when he starts counting the votes and starts arguing that the ‘fake’ votes should be counted,” Wilenchik wrote to Epshteyn. He summarized a proposal by Trump-allied lawyer Kenneth Chesebro as designating the fake voters “so that members of Congress can fight over whether they should be counted on January 6.”
Chesebro, in a note dated November 18, had in fact pushed the false voters. But he described them as necessary in the event of “a court decision (or, perhaps, a state legislative determination) issued after December 14th in favor of the Trump-Pence voter list.” Wilenchik seemed to be jumping the gun, and suggesting that the mere existence of the bogus voters could be enough to throw things into doubt on January 6.
It is possible that Wilenchik also considered this struggle to have occurred after certain court decisions or state legislative actions. But elsewhere he suggested that at least one key figure involved had ulterior motives: Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward. Wilenchik said in another Dec. 8 email that Ward wanted to “keep it under wraps until Congress counts the vote on Jan. 6 (so we can try to ‘shock'” Democrats and the media) – I agree with her.” (Ward was subpoenaed last month as part of the federal investigation into the fraudulent voter plot.) Apparently, the idea was that the list of fraudulent voters would somehow be kept secret before Jan. 6, and then they would emerge in an unsuspecting political world when Congress counted the electoral votes.
Precisely why is not clear, but it is certainly a remarkable plot to overturn democracy.