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US Senate candidate Jim Lamon explains why he falsely claimed to be an Arizona elector

Jim Lamon, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks throughout the Turning Point Action occasion on the Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix on July 24, 2021. Former president Donald Trump spoke later throughout the occasion.

A U.S. Senate candidate who was considered one of 11 Arizona Republicans who signed a doc falsely claiming he was licensed to forged the state’s electoral votes for President Donald Trump stated in an interview that aired Sunday that the doc was solely a contingency plan.

Jim Lamon, who signed the doc making the false declare on Dec. 14, 2020, stated he understood he was solely asserting himself as considered one of Arizona’s official electors in case the outcomes have been decertified.

“The Republican electors put forth a valid document that said, in the event that the election certification was overturned, there would be no excuse not to recognize those electors,” Lamon stated throughout an interview that aired Sunday on KTVK-TV’s “Politics Unplugged” program.

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The doc Lamon signed contained no language that defined it was a backup plan.

Rather, the doc described Lamon and the opposite 10 signees because the “duly elected and qualified electors” from Arizona.

They weren’t.

Joe Biden carried Arizona. Gov. Doug Ducey licensed the ends in late November. Eleven Democrats met on Dec. 14, 2020, on the Phoenix Convention Center to signal the official Electoral College votes from Arizona that may be counted at a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021.

That similar day, the 11 Republican electors, who have been all listed on the 2020 poll as those that would forged their vote for Trump ought to he win, met on the Arizona Republican Party headquarters.

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That doc was despatched by registered mail to the U.S. Senate and the National Archives.

Lamon’s marketing campaign didn’t return a request for an interview from the Republic despatched Sunday night time.

The doc signed by the 11 Arizona Republicans was obtained by the progressive group American Oversight in March. The group additionally obtained, and posted on its web site, paperwork from the six different states that created related paperwork.

The difficulty obtained renewed curiosity after the web site Politico reported in January that the paperwork have been below investigation by a U.S. House Select Committee that was wanting on the Jan. 6, 2021, incursion on the U.S. Capitol.

That committee on Friday sent subpoenas to the 14 individuals who signed the paperwork in seven states, itemizing themselves as their state’s chairperson or secretary. In Arizona, the chairperson was Nancy Cottle and the secretary was Loraine Pellegrino.

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The subpoena stated that the scheme aimed to “delay or block” the certification of the Electoral College’s votes for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Jan. 6, 2021.

The subpoena referred to a memo written by an legal professional for Trump that advised that the existence of the competing slates might enable Vice President Mike Pence to not rely any electors from these seven states. He might then, below the plan, declare Trump the winner based mostly on the votes he counted. Or throw the problem again to the states, within the hopes governors would certify the Republican electors, the memo stated.

Lamon, within the KTVK-TV interview, stated that the doc was “very straightforward, very simple.”

He stated any suggestion that the doc was fraudulent belonged not on a public affairs present, however a late-night comedy hour.

“This is a lot to do about not much,” Lamon stated.

Lamon stated that, below his understanding, the doc would solely have an impact after a number of occasions occurred, together with Ducey deciding to decertify the outcomes from Arizona. That might need occurred, he stated, based mostly on the findings of the evaluate of ballots from Maricopa County that was ordered by the Arizona Senate.

Two of the seven paperwork, as obtained by American Oversight, contained language that specified they’d solely be legitimate in such an occasion that the official outcomes have been overturned. Arizona’s doc didn’t comprise any wiggle room. It flatly acknowledged that the 11 represented the state’s vote within the Electoral College.

In a video posted the day after the Dec. 14, 2020, signing on the state Republican headquarters, the chairperson of the occasion, Kelli Ward, asserted the signees have been Arizona’s “true” electors.

“We imagine that we’re the electors for the legally forged votes right here in Arizona,” she said in the video.

Lamon, in Sunday’s KTVK-TV interview, said that the focus on the document was a gambit to avoid talking about more pressing issues, such as illegal immigration.

“This is a heck of a lot to do, from the left, about moving off of the real issues of this country,” he said. “Not some discussion about this document that was signed and would be signed again tomorrow.”

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: US Senate candidate Jim Lamon explains false Trump elector declare

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