Who is Michael McDonald? Nevada GOP Chairman Reportedly Investigated by FBI

FBI agents reportedly served a search warrant on Nevada's top GOP official, who was among those subpoenaed by the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Nevada GOP Chair Michael McDonald was among more than a dozen officials who were subpoenaed by the committee earlier this year in connection with a "fake electors" scheme that sought to have representatives in battleground states say that former President Donald Trump, not Joe Biden, had won them.

"We are seeking information about your role and participation in the purported slate of electors casting votes for Donald Trump and, to the extent relevant, your role in the events of January 6, 2021," Rep. Bennie Thompson, the committee chairman, said in the letter seeking McDonald's testimony and documents.

Michael McDonald Reportedly Investigated by FBI
Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald speaks to people gathered to protest against the passage of a mail-in voting bill at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building on August 4, 2020 in Las Vegas. McDonald is among officials subpoenaed by the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Inset image, President Donald Trump, left, is greeted by Nevada State GOP Chairman Michael McDonald as he arrives at the podium to speak during the Nevada Republican Party Convention at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. 2018. Getty/AP

The letter to McDonald referenced an illegitimate signing ceremony in December 2020, where McDonald and others had pledged the state's six electors to Trump—even though Biden had carried the state by more than 33,000 votes.

"Our brave electors standing up for what is right and casting their electoral votes for @realDonaldTrump," the Nevada GOP tweeted alongside a picture of the group in Carson City on December 14, 2020.

The Nevada GOP then submitted the fake electoral certificates to Congress and the National Archives.

"Your delegation of purported electors for former President Trump and former Vice President Pence then sent an alleged 'Certificate of the Votes' of the purported electors to Congress for consideration by former Vice President Pence, in his role as President of the Senate, during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021," Thompson's letter said.

"The existence of these purported alternate-elector votes was used as a justification to delay or block the certification of the election during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021."

On Wednesday, it was reported that FBI agents had served a search warrant on McDonald. Agents seized his cellphone, reportedly as part of an investigation into the "fake electors" scheme, 8 News Now I-Team reported, citing unnamed sources.

A search warrant was also issued for state party secretary James DeGraffenreid, according to the outlet. DeGraffenreid was also subpoenaed by the January 6 committee earlier this year.

McDonald's attorney, the Nevada GOP and the FBI have been contacted for comment.

News of the search warrants comes as federal agents delivered grand jury subpoenas on Wednesday to at least four people as part of an investigation into Trump's alleged plan to overturn the 2020 election results by installing a slate of fake electors to falsely declare him the winner in several states, according to reports.

Meanwhile, the January 6 committee's televised hearings making the case that Trump was responsible for the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol in 2021, are set to continue on Thursday.

The fourth hearing earlier this week heard testimony from witnesses who said Trump was directly involved in the scheme to send fake electors to Washington, D.C.