Amid fears of election evidence being destroyed, members of the Michigan Legislature’s House and Senate oversight committees will issue subpoenas to Detroit and the nearby suburb of Livonia, demanding they surrender hard drives, emails, absentee voter counting board laptops and other election-related materials.
But it’s not just republicans; one Senate democrat reportedly joined his republican colleagues in supporting the subpoenas.
This comes after a November 28 memo from the State Bureau of Elections – following the same protocol as prior elections – ordering the deletion, by November 30, of “E-Poll Book laptops and flash drives…unless a petition for recount has been filed and the recount has not been completed, a post-election audit is planned but has not yet been completed, or the deletion of the data has been stayed by an order of the court of Secretary of State.”
Tracy Wimmer, director of Media Relations for democrat Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, told Just the News that she rejected republicans’ concerns about the deletion memo.
“The Bureau of Elections memo sent to clerks is the same memo that has been sent to clerks for years, including under the administration of now state senator Ruth Johnson,” she said. “Republican House and Senate legal counsel were provided this information days ago. The fact that members of their party is choosing to ignore these truths in a press release demonstrates they have no interest in preserving the integrity of our elections or democracy.”
Subpoenaing election materials as a precaution shows that republicans have no interest in preserving the integrity of our elections?
If anything, it shows their dedication to upholding democracy by seeking to protect the resources in question.
Michigan Senator republican Ruth Johnson, who supported the subpoena effort, told Just the News she had previously signed the deletion order while she was secretary of state but the unprecedented nature of the 2020 election changed things.
“Election integrity should not be a partisan issue, this information needs to be preserved while there are ongoing lawsuits, audits, and Oversight committee review of the November election,” Johnson said. “Only after these activities are concluded should this information be deleted for data privacy reasons.”
Obtained Emails on Election Night Heighten Georgia’s Mysterious Ballot-Counting
Just the News has obtained internal emails from election workers in Georgia’s Fulton County has increased confusion and mystery regarding the November presidential elections. As a reminder, Just the News writes, “Uncertainty arose regarding the ballot processing operation at Fulton County’s State Farm Arena on and after Election Night, when ballot-scanning apparently continued even after most election workers had reportedly been sent home.”
Affidavits from Election Night poll workers state they were directed by officials to stop working around 10:30 pm on November 3rd, and return at 8:30 am the next day. Multiple local and national media outlets reported absentee ballot counting stopped around 10:30 pm and cited county spokeswoman Regina Waller.
In truth, counting at the State Farm Arena continued past 10:30 pm. Waller herself told JTN in December that contrary to media reports, many citing her, that she had “stated to all media…that although several workers were released to go home, a small team remained behind to assist with scanning ballots.”
Through an open records request, JTN obtained a few suspect emails, in which Waller does in fact state counting ended at around 10:30 pm. The email, timestamped at 10:22 pm on Nov. 3, addressed to several county officials as well as State Farm Arena spokesman Garin Narain stated, “the workers in the Absentee Ballot Processing area will get started again at 8 am tomorrow.”
When reached for comment via email, Waller only stated the email “was in response to a question received asking when all workers would return” but did not respond to a request to see the original email to which she was responding. So then why did she keep a “small” team behind?
Another email from Fulton County Interagency Affairs Manager Fran Phillips-Calhoun timestamped at 11:15 pm that same night, almost an hour after Waller said counting stopped, Phillips-Calhoun’s email may suggest otherwise. “FYI-[the Secretary of State’s office] just sort of threw the team under the bus stating that ‘we had a great day, but we decided to throw in the towel for the night even though the public is waiting…’ on the results.”
Phillips-Calhoun’s email was sent to Waller and several other county staffers. Phillips-Calhoun did not respond to requests for comment, nor did the message specify which statement from the Secretary of State’s office she was referring to.
Pro-Trump super PAC rebrands to ‘stop Joe’s corruption, socialist agenda, liberalism’
It’s new name? Committee to Defeat the President.
A super PAC that heavily supported President Trump during the 2020 presidential campaign is changing its direction to focus on the new administration.
The Committee to Defend the President officially rebranded itself on Wednesday as Joe Biden takes office. Its mission is now aimed at taking down the incoming democrat.
It’s new name? Committee to Defeat the President.
During the 2020 campaign cycle, the PAC reportedly raised more than $16 million to support Trump and his “America First policy agenda, BizPacReview reports. The group will now focus on “undermining” Biden’s agenda.
“NEW NAME. SAME MISSION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT & STOP JOE’s Corruption…Socialist Agenda…Liberalism,” the website says.
The committee told Fox News it plans to match its 2020 fundraising during the 2022 election cycle, and pledges a seven-figure investment “to expose the Biden-Harris administration and other Democrats for their left-wing politics.”
The group will push new ads, opposition research, social media engagement, and “other innovative tactics.”
The PAC’s “new mission is to save Americans from the radical, dangerous policies of the Biden-Harris administration,” Ted Harvey, the group’s chairman, said.
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will work around the clock to reverse the unprecedented progress of the Trump presidency,” Harvey added.
“From day one, we simply cannot let that happen. It is our patriotic duty to work around the clock and stop them – before the damage done to America becomes irreversible,” he said.
But, this isn’t the first time the PAC has switched gears.
Founded in 2013, it was originally called the Stop Hillary Pac, according to BizPacReview.
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