State Sen. Jake Hoffman pleaded not guilty to 2020 election-related charges

 June 8, 2024

While former President Donald Trump contends with his various legal cases, a group of people in Arizona are facing their own legal issues regarding the 2020 election. 

According to CNN, Arizona's senator faces multiple felony charges related to his alleged actions in the wake of the 2020 election.

The state senator's lawyer, Timothy La Sota, entered a not-guilty plea for his client, who was charged with being part of a conspiracy to "overturn" the 2020 election results.

Hoffman was indicted by an Arizona grand jury in April along with 17 others facing similar charges.

What's going on?

Hoffman and 10 other defendants were charged with serving as "fake electors" as the 2020 election unfolded, urging then-Vice President Mike Pence to allow members of the state legislature to select the state's electors as opposed to the voting public.

The outlet noted:

Hoffman sent a two-page letter to Vice President Mike Pence on January 5, 2021, asking him to order that Arizona’s electors not be decided by the popular vote of its citizens, but instead by members of the state Legislature.

Hoffman's letter to Pence read, "It is in this late hour, with urgency, that I respectfully ask that you delay the certification of election results for Arizona during the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021, and seek clarification from the Arizona state legislature as to which slate of electors are proper and accurate."

Citing the lack of "certainty" in the outcome of the 2020 election, in some interviews Hoffman argued that the state shouldn't have sent any electors at all.

Donald Trump's former lawyer, John Eastman, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Rudy Giuliani were also indicted in Arizona.

Hoffman responds

After he was indicted in April, the Republican state senator said he was "innocent of any crime," adding at the time, "I will vigorously defend myself, and I look forward to the day when I am vindicated of this disgusting political persecution by the judicial process."

Hoffman was backed by the Arizona Republican Party at the time. It called the indictments a "blatant and unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial power."

Hoffman requested that he be able to travel for official campaign work while he awaits trial, which was granted by the judge.

His pre-trial hearing is set for July 2.

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