But even as this official, public certification was happening, a group of Republicans also gathered in the Capitol to commit “a grave and brazen offense against our democracy,” a legal complaint charges. “Ten individuals, impersonating the legally selected and authorized Presidential Electors of the state, flouted the will of the people as expressed at the ballot box and fraudulently attempted to misappropriate Wisconsin’s participation in selecting the next President of the United States.”  

Specifically, they signed “a competing set of documents purporting to cast Wisconsin’s ten electoral votes for a candidate who lost Wisconsin’s statewide popular election,” namely Donald Trump. “After their meeting, these individuals transmitted the fraudulent documents they had created to the President of the United States Senate, the Wisconsin Secretary of State, the Archivist of the United States, and the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.” 

The purpose of these “fraudulent electors,” the complaint charges, was “that the false documents they produced be received as valid documentation for the purpose of inducing the United States Congress to credit the wrong candidates with having earned Wisconsin’s ten electoral votes.”