Ten Republican electors who filed paperwork saying then-President Trump won Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election have settled a lawsuit by admitting their actions were part of an effort to “improperly” overturn then-President-elect Biden’s victory.
According to a Wednesday announcement by the fake electors’ attorneys, their clients acknowledge that Biden won the state of Wisconsin in 2020, withdrew their filings and agreed not to serve as presidential electors in 2024—or any other election where Trump is on the ballot.
The ten fake electors also agreed to send a statement to the government offices that receive electoral college votes admitting that their actions were “part of an attempt to improperly overturn the 2020 presidential election results.”
The settlement marks the first time any Trump electors in any of seven battleground states have revoked the filings they sent to Congress falsely asserting that he had won those states.
“Americans believe in democracy and the idea that the people choose their leaders through elections,” said Jeff Mandell, an attorney for the plaintiffs, including two who served as Biden electors, who had sought $2.4 million in damages. “The defendants’ actions violated those bedrock principles. We brought this case to ensure that they are held accountable.”
There is no known criminal investigation into the fake electors scheme in Wisconsin. State Attorney General Josh Kaul (D) has suggested he’s relying on federal investigators to look into what happened in Wisconsin.
Special Counsel Jack Smith has indicted Trump on four criminal counts surrounding attempts to overturn the 2020 Presidential election, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding and conspiracy against rights. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
A March 4 trial date has been set in that federal case.
Before the fake electors settled, the Wisconsin lawsuit had been scheduled for a September 2024 trial date—less than two months before the presidential election that year, in which Trump is running to again be the Republican candidate.