Allies of President Trump, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former attorney Christina Bobb, were arraigned Tuesday in Phoenix on conspiracy, fraud, and forgery charges.

The 11 arraigned individuals “pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Arizona on charges related to their involvement in a plan to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state,” NBC News reports.

Per NBC News:

The 11 people arraigned Tuesday include former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and so-called “fake electors” who signed documents claiming to be Arizona’s Electoral College electors, even though now-President Joe Biden narrowly carried the state and Arizona certified his victory.

Others arraigned Tuesday were former Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward and her husband Michael Ward; state legislator Anthony Kern; Robert Montgomery, the former head of the Cochise County GOP; Republican Party activists Samuel Moorhead, Nancy Cottle and Loraine Pellegrino; Greg Safsten, the former Arizona GOP executive director; former Trump attorney Christina Bobb; and Tyler Bowyer, the Republican National Committee’s Arizona committeeman and the chief operating officer of the Trump-aligned Turning Point Action.

Giuliani, Bowyer, Cottle, Montgomery, Pellegrino and Bobb appeared virtually.

They were among 18 people charged last month by a state grand jury over the plan.

Christina Bobb discussed the lawfare waged against them in the case.


On Tuesday, Bobb posted her mugshot on X.


CBS News reports:

The Arizona indictment alleges the defendants “knowingly falsified, concealed or covered up by a material fact or any trick, scheme or device or made or used any false writing or document knowing such writing or document contained any false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or entry, to wit: two certificates of votes for President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Michael Pence, filed by the Arizona Republican electors with the Arizona Secretary of State.”

A spokesperson for Giuliani insisted the charges are political.

“These charges are essentially a cut and paste version of what they’re attempting to use to interfere with the 2024 election and to take down President Trump and anyone willing to take on the permanent Washington political class,” said Ted Goodman, a Giuliani spokesman. “Joe Biden and his allies continue to weaponize the criminal justice system in their quest to take down President Trump and hold on to power. Mayor Rudy Giuliani—the most effective federal prosecutor in U.S. history—looks forward to full vindication soon.”

The charges center around the submission of a document to Congress declaring — falsely — that Trump had won the state. Mr. Biden won the state by over 10,000 votes. Ward is accused of organizing the effort, the indictment alleges, and wanted then-Vice President Mike Pence to accept the false submission as valid.

According to the indictment, the electors met in Phoenix on Dec. 14, 2020, and signed that certificate claiming to be the “duly elected and qualified Electors for President and Vice President of the United States from the State of Arizona.” The indictment alleges they also posted a video that day on social media saying, “We are the electors who represent the legal voters of Arizona! #Trump2020 #MAGA.”

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