The Nevada Independent

FBI agents on Wednesday served a search warrant involving Michael McDonald, the leader of Nevada’s Republican Party, as part of an investigation tied to a fake elector scheme in the aftermath of the 2020 election, according to a report from KLAS 8 News Now that cited anonymous sources.

8 News Now reported that agents seized McDonald’s cell phone as part of the investigation and issued a second search warrant involving the state party secretary James DeGraffenreid, but could not find him as of Wednesday evening.

Reports from the Washington Post and The New York Times indicate that federal agents issued subpoenas on Wednesday to officials in other states that were involved in similar efforts to promote Republican electors in states that President Joe Biden had won. The subpoenas reportedly included Republican Party officials in Georgia and Trump campaign officials in Michigan, New Mexico and Arizona.

The investigation centers on the decision by McDonald and five other self-purported “electors” to hold an illegitimate signing ceremony outside of the Legislature in Carson City in December 2020 that falsely pledged the state’s six electoral votes to former President Donald Trump. McDonald and DeGraffenreid were subpoenaed by a congressional committee for their role in the false elector scheme in late January.

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