Kenneth Chesebro, the pro-Trump lawyer who played a pivotal role in the 2020 fake electors plot, has taken an unexpected about-face.
According to CNN’s report on Friday, December 8, Chesebro, who had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in Georgia, is now cooperating with investigators in Michigan and Wisconsin in a bid to avoid further criminal charges, according to multiple sources.
This dramatic shift marks a significant departure from Chesebro’s central role in former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the Electoral College results in 2020.
Now, he finds himself aiding investigators in at least four states delving into the false electors scheme.
The cooperation in Wisconsin represents the initiation of an investigation by the state attorney general’s office into the fraudulent slates of pro-Trump electors, a development not publicly disclosed by Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat.
Chesebro’s recent testimony to a grand jury in Nevada resulted in indictments against six fake electors, indicating a broader reach of his involvement
Additionally, he is in contact with prosecutors in Arizona, where he plans to participate in an interview as part of the ongoing investigation into fake electors.
CNN had previously identified Chesebro as an unindicted co-conspirator in federal charges against Trump, alleging the former president organized the fake electors scheme to disenfranchise millions of voters.
While there is no indication that Chesebro is cooperating in the federal probe, his collaboration with state investigators poses fresh challenges for Trump.
The Trump campaign had targeted seven states with the fake electors scheme, leading to charges in Georgia, Michigan, and Nevada.
Investigations are underway in Arizona, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, the seventh state in the plot.
The ongoing inquiry in Michigan, led by state Attorney General Dana Nessel, produced criminal charges against 16 fake electors.
Chesebro’s cooperation suggests a potential widening of the investigation, probing figures beyond the fake electors themselves.
Notably, another pro-Trump lawyer in Michigan, Ian Northon, has also come under scrutiny.
Northon, who communicated with top Trump allies post the 2020 election, accompanied fake electors during their attempt to enter the Michigan statehouse.
Chesebro’s plan had hinged on adhering closely to federal law and Michigan statutes, emphasizing the importance of the electors meeting in the statehouse.
While Chesebro’s cooperation provides some protection through proffer agreements, it does not guarantee immunity from criminal charges in the ongoing investigations.
The evolving dynamics paint a complex picture, as Trump faces fresh challenges to his defense against claims of a rigged electoral process