Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s criminal case against 16 Republican electors who backed former President Donald Trump in 2020 continues to unravel, with the judge in the case admonishing her chief investigator on Monday.

“We’re not getting a great presentation,” Judge Kristen Simmons said on Monday, noting her “glaring” concerns about the investigation, according to The Detroit News.

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“I can understand why the questions are now steering to how this investigation went about because if you’re not presenting your investigation well, we now need to understand what happened during the investigation,” Simmons said.

The preliminary exams on Monday focused on six of the Republican electors who Nessel alleges knowingly submitted false electoral votes for Trump in 2020. They’re among 16 facing eight felonies each. Six faced preliminary exams in April, and another three are expected at a later date.

One of the 16, James Renner of Lansing, is cooperating with the Attorney General’s office, while Nessel’s chief investigator, Howard Shock, also named numerous unindicted co-conspirators in April.

Several of those alleged co-conspirators later lashed out in the media, with at least one pointing to communications from Nessel’s office assuring them they’re not an unindicted co-conspirator.

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“Howard Shock has not been indicted for stupidity, but he should be,” Laura Cox, a former Michigan Republican Party chair and wife of former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, said after Shock named her in court.

On Monday, Shock continued to bungle the case, forcing Simmons to take repeated breaks to allow him to refer to his notes for basic details of the probe, such as when it started, statements on social media, and evidence of criminal intent, according to The News.

“I took the bench after 9 o’clock and twice within that hour, I’ve had to break for him to refresh his recollection on his investigation,” Simmons said, according to Michigan Advance.

Defense attorneys have argued their clients did not intend to defraud, a required element of the alleged crimes, and Shock admitted on Monday he has no evidence to the contrary.

“You don’t have anything that would contradict Marian Sheridan’s assertion that she believed that she was doing her civic duty, do you?” attorney John Freeman of Troy questioned.

“No,” Shock responded, though he said he stood by the decision to charge despite what Freeman called “a mountain of evidence that says no criminal intent.”

Other highlights from Monday involved Shock’s testimony on Nessel’s involvement in the case.

Freeman cited Nessel’s comments to The Detroit News last week that she’s “concerned that it’s taking so long for any of these cases involving the 2020 election to get to a point where we’re actually seeing criminal trials.”

The comments seemingly irked Simmons, who pointed to Nessel for bringing a “16 co-defendant case.”

“How long does she think that’s going to take?” Simmons questioned. “They all have the right to bring their own counsel. They all have the right to cross examine. They all have the right to bring their own witnesses should they want to do that.”

Attorney Michael Bullotta, representing Rose Rook of Paw Paw, pressed to allow Freeman to question Shock about his contact with Nessel during the case.

“Because of the extreme lack of evidence, I think that makes his questions even more relevant to explore what was the dynamic between the lead investigator and the attorney general,” Bullotta said.

Simmons allowed the questions, and Shock said he meets with Nessel about once a week.

The case continues on Tuesday with at least two additional prosecution witnesses. Three other defendants will then appear in court at a later date, before Simmons determines whether there’s enough evidence to send the case to trial.

That decision could turn largely on Shock, who is expected to face more questions about how, as Nessel put it, the Republican electors “plainly violated the laws by which we administer our elections in Michigan.”

“Simmons made the unusual announcement that Shock, the prosecution’s key witness and sole investigator, is likely to return to the stand – as a defense witness,” Michigan Advance reports.