Tuesday’s hearing of the January 6th Select Committee will focus of the plan to submit fake electors to overturn the 2020 presidential election, implicating former president Donald Trump in the plan, said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
The 84 people who signed bogus documents claiming that Trump won the 2020 election include dozens of local Republican Party leaders, seven current candidates for public office, eight current office holders and at least five previous state and federal office holders.
Groups from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin allegedly sent lists of so-called alternate electors to the National Archives after the 2020 election.
A subpoena sent to one of the “electors” – Bill Bachenberg – read:
“According to documents sent to the National Archives, you were a purported Electoral College elector who met with other purported electors on or about December 14, 2020 to cast votes for former President Trump and former Vice President Pence despite the fact that your state had made a final determination that Joseph Biden, Jr. and Kamala Harris were the winners of the November 2020 presidential election and the appointment of their electors had been certified. Your delegation of purported electors for former President Trump and former Vice President Pence then sent an alleged “Certificate of the Votes” of the purported electors to Congress for consideration by former Vice President Pence, in his role as President of the Senate, during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021. The existence of these purported alternate-elector votes was used as a justification to delay or block the certification of the election during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.”
“We’ll show evidence of the president’s involvement in the scheme. We’ll also again show evidence about what his own lawyers thought about this scheme,” Schiff said during an appearance on CNN‘s State of the Union Sunday morning.
Who was on the list of “alternate” electors from the Commonwealth?
Bill Bachenberg (Lehigh County). Owner of Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays and an NRA board member
Lou Barletta (Luzerne County). Former congressman and unsuccessful 2022 GOP candidate for governor
Tom Carroll (Northampton County). Former Northampton County assistant district attorney.
Ted Christian (Bucks County). Former Pennsylvania State Director for 2016 Trump Campaign
Chuck Coccodrilli (Lackawanna County). Former Board Member for Pennsylvania Great Frontier PAC. Died October 2021.
Bernadette Comfort (Lehigh County). Vice Chairwoman for Pennsylvania Republican Party
Sam DeMarco III (Allegheny County). Allegheny County Council member
Marcela Diaz-Myers (Dauphin County). Chairwoman of PA GOP Hispanic Advisory Council
Christie DiEsposti (Cumberland County). Account representative at Pure Water Technology
Josephine Ferro (Monroe County). Monroe County, Pennsylvania Register of Wills. Former president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women
Charlie Gerow (Dauphin County). Political consultant. Unsuccessful candidate for GOP nomination for governor 2022.
Kevin Harley (Lancaster County). Managing director of Quantum Communications and has served as a spokesman for Charlie Gerow
Leah Hoopes (Delaware County). Republican committeewoman for Bethel Township in Delaware County
Ash Khare (Warren County). Pennsylvania Republican Party Member
Andre McCoy (Philadelphia). Director of Government Affairs
Lisa Patton (Cumberland County). Director of events in Pennsylvania for Trump’s campaign
Patricia Poprik (Bucks County). Chair of the Bucks County Republican Committee
Andy Reilly (Delaware County). National committeeman for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania and former secretary for the party
Suk Smith (Cumberland County). Owner of Patriot Arms Inc., a firearms training center and Dragons Way School of Kenpo Inc., a martial arts school in Carlisle.
Calvin Tucker (Philadelphia). Deputy Chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party. In 2016, he served as a media surrogate and African American advisor to Trump’s campaign
Slated to sign but replaced:
Robert Asher (replaced by Carroll): Asher has held several positions in the Pennsylvania Republican Party and has held various local elected offices. While chairman of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania, he was convicted in 1987 of conspiracy and bribery, among other charges, for accepting bribes in exchange for awarding a state contract. He resigned from the position and served one year in federal prison.
Lawrence Tabas (replaced by Hoopes): Tabas is chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, longtime general counsel to the party and a well-known Philadelphia elections attorney. Before the 2020 election, Tabas told the Atlantic that he had spoken with the Trump reelection campaign about the possibility that Republican-controlled legislatures could directly appoint electors, but he claimed the comments were taken out of context.
Thomas Marino (replaced by Gerow): Marino was a member of the U.S. House from 2011 until 2019, when he abruptly resigned two weeks into his term. He has also served as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. In 2017, Trump nominated him to be the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, but he withdrew from consideration after reports that he had crafted a bill that protected pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors and made it harder for the federal government to tackle the opioid crisis.
Lance Stange (replaced by Harley): Stange works for Novak Strategic Advisors and has served as chairman of the northeast caucus of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania.
Carolyn Welsh (replaced by Smith): Welsh was the sheriff of Chester County for two decades until 2019 and was one of Trump’s earliest boosters in Pennsylvania, often speaking at his rallies. In March, she entered a no-contest plea to misdemeanor theft charges for allegedly allowing employees to improperly collect comp time, paid for by tax dollars, for volunteering at fundraisers for the office’s K-9 unit. A judge ordered her to pay restitution and a fine.
Christine Toretti (replaced by McCoy): Toretti is the national committeewoman for the Pennsylvania Republican Party and is the former chairman and CEO of S. W. Jack Drilling Co., an oil and gas company involved in fracking.
Robert Gleason (replaced by DiEsposti): Gleason was formerly the chair of the Pennsylvania Republican Party. He is a businessman who was appointed by Trump in 2018 to the board of visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy.