(RestoreAmericanGlory.com) – A report from The New York Times revealed that James Renner, a 77-year-old involved in the alleged “false elector” scheme in Michigan following the 2020 election, expressed remorse for his participation. Renner is the sole individual among the 16 accused whose charges were dismissed after reaching a cooperation agreement with the office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel in October.
The other 15 accused individuals pleaded not guilty in August to eight criminal charges. These charges stem from accusations that they signed false certificates attempting to divert Michigan’s Electoral College votes from now-President Biden to former President Trump.
Renner, a retired state trooper and businessman, was brought onto the elector roster in December 2020. His involvement began after two other individuals withdrew, and he was contacted by the leader of the Republican Party in Clinton County, Michigan. At the time, Renner had no prior experience as an elector, though he had volunteered as a Republican Party activist in his county.
In a recorded interview obtained by The New York Times, Renner shared with the state attorney general’s office that his understanding of the situation changed after reviewing transcripts from the House’s investigation into the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack. He acknowledged feeling deeply troubled that the legitimate electoral process had not been followed and expressed that he had been unwittingly drawn into an inappropriate situation.
Renner admitted to being unaware of the official electoral process when he attended the elector meeting on December 14, 2020. He initially trusted the authority figures present, only realizing later that the actions taken were not legitimate. He felt used and significantly betrayed upon learning the correct procedures for electors.
This case is part of a broader context, as similar allegations of “false electors” have surfaced in Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, with investigations ongoing in some of these states. Special Counsel Jack Smith referenced the scheme in the Department of Justice’s indictment of Trump in August, alleging efforts by Trump’s team to create a “fake controversy” to challenge the electoral results. However, then-Vice President Mike Pence did not support this plan.
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