Trump Staffer Convicted On 10 Charges of FELONY & ELECTION FRAUD And MORE!
A staffer for Donald Trump’s campaign in Michigan — which Trump narrowly won by just over 10,000 votes — will be doing jail time for election fraud.
Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, broke the news on Twitter Wednesday afternoon:
Brandon Hall of the Michigan Trump campaign was just convicted of 10 of 10 counts of election fraud. https://t.co/KUJV4qNAiv
— Susan J. Demas (@sjdemas) 2016年11月30日
27-year-old Brandon Hall, who was on trial for forging petition signatures for a Republican judicial candidate in 2012, has been convicted on 10 out of 10 counts of felony election fraud, and will serve up to five years in prison, according to the Grand Haven Tribune. It took the jury less than an hour to return a verdict. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that Hall’s case should be tried as a felony.
“Donald Trump has made claim after claim calling the integrity of the election into question, but his Michigan campaign had no problem hiring a staff member facing election law charges,” said Progress Michigan executive director Lonnie Scott in a public statement. “The fact that the Trump campaign and the Michigan Republican Party embraced Brandon Hall is just one more reason to recount and audit the vote in Michigan.”
Michigan, which voted for Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012, was officially called for Donald Trump more than two weeks after election night, as the state was previously deemed too close to call. However, Trump didn’t need the traditionally blue rust belt states to win a majority of electoral votes, having secured 290 of the 270 needed to win the presidential election prior to the reporting of Michigan’s final election results.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein officially filed for a recount in Michigan Wednesday afternoon, after raising the money necessary to file the paperwork in just 24 hours. Stein also filed for recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania last week, after computer scientists suggested there may have been anomalies between ballot counts in counties that tallied them by hand versus counties that counted ballots electronically.
As of this writing, neither Trump campaign staff nor the Michigan Republican Party have responded to the news of Hall’s conviction.