A Trump Campaign Staffer Was Just Convicted On Ten Charges Of Felony Election Fraud
A staffer for Donald Trump’s campaign in Michigan –which Trump narrowly won by just over 10,000 votes– was found guilty of election fraud.
It took less than an hour for a jury to convict Brandon Michael Hall on 10 counts of election law fraud, following a day-and-a-half trial in Ottawa County Circuit Court in Michigan, the Grand Haven Tribune reported.
The 27-year-old Grand Haven resident showed only a little emotion and quickly composed himself as the jury foreman announced the verdict.
Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, broke the news on Twitter Wednesday afternoon:
Hall, who was on trial for forging petition signatures for a Republican judicial candidate in 2012 will serve up to five years in prison, according to court documents.
“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.
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.