After reviewing the report prepared by Sen. Ed McBroom and colleagues, the department of attorney general “has accepted” the committee’s invitation to investigate, Nessel spokesperson Lynsey Mukomel told Bridge Michigan on Thursday.
The Michigan State Police “is also assisting in the matter,” she added.
The criminal investigation follows a nearly eight-month probe into election claims by the Senate Oversight Committee, which found no evidence of widespread systematic fraud in the Michigan election, contradicting claims by former President Donald Trump and his supporters.
Instead, the GOP-led committee urged Nessel, a Democrat, to investigate “those who have been utilizing misleading and false information about Antrim County to raise money or publicity for their own ends.”
Despite a hand recount of paper ballots, Antrim County continues to figure heavily in conspiracy theories about the 2020 election after a human and computer programming error skewed initially reported results in favor of Democratic President Joe Biden.
The Senate Oversight Committee did not name any individuals who it believes have spread false claims about Antrim County. McBroom, R-Vulcan, has declined to specify.
But the report spent considerable time debunking allegations by attorney Matthew DePerno and former state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, leading figures in a pro-Trump effort to discredit the election.
Both men have blasted the Senate Oversight report, and Colbeck this week launched an online petition urging the Michigan Republican Party to “censure” Sens. McBroom, Lana Theis of Brighton and John Bizon of Battle Creek.