The Veracity Report recently requested a FOIA status update regarding a nationwide voter registration fraud case being conducted by the FBI – we were unilaterally denied
The FBI has taken charge of an investigation into voter registration fraud originating in Michigan. However, a Freedom of Information Act request pertaining to the inquiry has been declined, with the FBI citing an exemption due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.
According to reports from both the Muskegon Police Department and Michigan State Police, the firm under scrutiny is GBI Strategies, which is allegedly central to voter registration irregularities in the 2020 presidential election. Initially, local and state authorities conducted the investigation before the FBI assumed control.
Though contacts between local law enforcement and the FBI extended into 2022, there is no available information beyond that timeframe as per documents obtained through Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act.
Recently, a Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts request from Just the News concerning records related to the GBI Strategies investigation was denied by the FBI. The request sought various documents and reports concerning GBI Strategies, including communication regarding investigations with Michigan officials and law enforcement agencies.
The FBI justified its denial by invoking a specific exemption (5 U.S. Code § 552(b)(7)(A)) which covers records compiled for law enforcement purposes, where disclosure could be reasonably expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.
Police in Michigan conducted interviews with GBI Strategies employees in 2020 and documented instances of registrations that raised suspicions of fraud. The potential crime under investigation was described as “Election Fraud by Forgery” in a memo from the Michigan State Police.
The Michigan Attorney General’s office confirmed a state investigation into thousands of potentially fraudulent voter registrations, which was subsequently referred to the FBI.
According to Danny Wimmer, press secretary for the State Attorney General, among the thousands of voter registration forms submitted in Muskegon before the 2020 general election, some were suspected to be fraudulent. However, none of the fraudulent material made its way into the state’s qualified voter file, and the attempt at fraud was detected and prevented.
Wimmer confirmed that the case was referred to the FBI in March of 2021 due to its national jurisdiction.
The FBI and the Muskegon Police Department declined to provide further comments on the investigation.
GBI Strategies, a company known for conducting voter registration drives and headquartered in Tennessee, had operations spanning multiple states during the 2020 election.
The Veracity Report is currently exploring legal avenues to challenge the FBI’s denial of the FOIA request.