It turns out that not everyone who was willing to participate in Donald Trump’s efforts to stay in office is willing to face the consequences in his stead.
Amy Facchinello is one of 16 individuals in Michigan who filled out documentation falsely claiming to be one of the state’s duly selected electors and casting an electoral vote for Donald Trump in 2020.
However, now that the state is prosecuting her (along with the other 15 false electors), she’s not ready to take the fall for him.
The defendant, a Grand Blanc Board of Education Trustee, is facing a slate of charges including forgery, conspiracy to commit forgery, and conspiracy to commit election law forgery, among others. Altogether, the sentencing guidelines could land Facchinello as much as 80 years in prison.
Her attorney, Paul Stablein, is throwing Trump under the proverbial bus, with a court filing that says Facchinello carried out her alleged crimes at the direction of Trump and other federal officials.
He’s specifically pointing to a Trump attorney, unidentified in the filing but presumed to be Shawn Flynn, who was at Michigan Republican Party headquarters during the meeting where his client and others cast the votes they were not entitled to cast.
“Attorneys for the president specifically instructed Ms. Facchinello that the Republican electors’ meeting and casting their ballots on Dec. 14, 2020, was consistent with counsels’ advice and was necessary to preserve the presidential election contest,” Stablein wrote in The Detroit News.
False electors in Georgia have come to similar conclusions, with at least 8 agreeing to testify in District Attorney Fani Willis’ indictment against Trump and his cohort in exchange for immunity for themselves.
Two fake electors from Arizona have reportedly cut similar deals with special counsel Jack Smith in his federal case.
The complete list of charges against Facchinello is as follows, according to MLive:
“[O]ne count of Conspiracy to Commit Forgery, a 14-year felony, two counts of Forgery, a 14-year felony, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Uttering and Publishing, a 14-year felony, one count of Uttering and Publishing, a 14-year felony, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Election Law Forgery, a 5-year felony, and, two counts of Election Law Forgery, a 5-year felony.”
The number of formerly loyal Trump acolytes who now seem willing to turn on the ex-president will make his defense in both the Georgia and Washington DC cases against him that much more difficult.
Steph Bazzle is a news writer who covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph. Sign up for all of her stories to be delivered to your inbox here: