An explosive story of potential election fraud in Michigan has made headlines in recent weeks, claiming to have evidence of a right-wing conspiracy to rig the state’s 2020 election in favor of President Donald Trump. But upon closer examination, the so-called proof appears to be little more than a house of cards that quickly collapses under scrutiny.
The story begins with a lawsuit filed in Michigan in December 2020 by an alleged whistleblower, Lisa Lee. In her complaint, Lee alleged she was part of a massive right-wing effort to illegally manipulate election results in the Great Lakes State. She cited chat logs, emails, and video evidence as proof of collusion between a shadowy network of conservative actors and Republican consultants.
The allegations drew national attention, even prompting Michigan officials to launch an investigation. But a few problems quickly emerged. For one, Lee’s lawsuit never actually offered any of the evidence it claimed to have, merely referencing it without actually providing it. Additionally, Lee had been a vocal supporter of the Trump campaign during the election, raising plenty of questions about her objectivity.
Adding to the confusion was the short-lived existence of a website which seemed to be a repository of evidence supporting Lee’s claims. Set up shortly before the lawsuit was filed, the site contained documents, audio, and images supposedly proving the existence of a right-wing conspiracy. But before long, the site was taken offline and its contents became unavailable.
Amid the lack of evidence, Michigan officials concluded there was no evidence to support Lee’s allegations, and the lawsuit was eventually dismissed. So it appears that, despite the intense media attention, a right-wing tale of Michigan election fraud had it all except proof.