Michigan AG tasks state police with investigating schemes to profit from election fraud allegations

A recent decision from Michigan’s Democratic attorney general is striking many critics as inappropriate — particularly in the midst of a nationwide crime wave.

Reports indicate that Dana Nessel has instructed state police to track down those who assert a belief that voter fraud was a major factor in November’s presidential race.

GOP-led effort

Naturally, the news sparked fear among many residents of Michigan who have openly expressed such concerns about the election. Nessel, however, is reportedly simply following the recommendations made by a state legislative panel led by Republicans.

According to CBS News, that panel cited voter fraud claims emanating from one county in northern Michigan, which were then used for the purpose of raising funds or attracting publicity.

Republican state Sen. Ed McBroom reportedly initiated the request for an investigation and Nessel obliged, calling on state police to assist.

The controversy stems from Election Night results in Antrim County that initially declared Joe Biden the winner before a hand recount gave the county to Donald Trump. The problem was said to be caused by human error.

Although some individuals have pointed to the issue as evidence of voter fraud, Nessel did not elaborate on who has been profiting from the claim.

Prior controversy

The attorney general previously made headlines for reportedly threatening to arrest a restaurant owner who refused to submit to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s pandemic restrictions.

In March, that restaurant owner appeared on Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight to share her story. Nessel reportedly sent an email to her staff insisting that “we should just have her picked up before she goes on.”

Authorities subsequently went through with placing the restaurant owner under arrest, as Carlson explained in an update.

“Marlena Pavlos-Hackney is in jail. She was arrested very early this morning, before 6 a.m. by police, taken away in ankle shackles and wrist cuffs,” he said. “One of the few people in this country who gets up really early to go to work because she really cares, trying her very hardest and they grabbed her and they sent her away for longer than people who commit gun crimes in Detroit get.”

Carlson used the narrative at the time to make his case that the state legislature should rein Nessel in. Now, it appears that Republicans in the same state legislature are providing her with the justification to go even further with what many believe is a partisan agenda.

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