The office of special counsel Jack Smith is currently engaged in discussions with Michael Roman, a senior official from Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign. These talks revolve around Roman voluntarily providing answers to questions related to the investigation into the events of January 6, 2021.
According to The New York Times, Roman is expected to provide insights into the creation of replacement slates of pro-Trump electors in states won by President Joe Biden. If Roman agrees to participate in an interview with federal prosecutors, it would mark the first time someone with direct knowledge of the fake elector plan cooperates with investigators, making it a significant development in the case.
In addition, reports suggest that Jack Smith is granting limited immunity to certain electors who are willing to testify. This further emphasizes the focus on investigating this aspect of election interference.
These discussions with Michael Roman indicate that Jack Smith and his team are actively pursuing the investigation into attempts to overturn the election, despite the recent attention given to another case—the indictment of former President Trump in Florida for charges related to classified documents and obstruction. Witnesses associated with the fake elector plan have already appeared before a grand jury investigating Trump and his allies’ actions.
Last summer, emails reviewed by The New York Times revealed that Michael Roman played a significant role in coordinating the fake elector plan and seeking ways to challenge Trump’s losses in key battleground states. He collaborated closely with other campaign lawyers and advisors to gather support for the creation of false elector slates. The strategy aimed to prevent the certification of President Biden as the election winner.
The significance of the investigation lies in the fact that the fake elector plan, orchestrated by Trump and his allies, represents a central part of their extensive efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. This plan involved a broad range of pro-Trump lawyers, state Republican officials, and White House aides and was initiated even before some states had completed their ballot counting.