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Getty Jeremy Linton is the FBI agent who signed the warrant to search Mar-a-Lago (left). On right, other law enforcement officers (not Linton) outside Mar-a-Lago.

Jeremy Linton is a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

A copy of the warrant authorizing a search for former President Donald Trump’s personal residence, printed in full by the conservative site Breitbart, says FBI special agent Jeremy Linton is the FBI agent who signed it.

Other news sites have blacked out the special agent’s name.

Here’s what you need to know:


The controversial warrant was released to the public on August 12, 2022, after former President Donald Trump did not object.

It says, in part,

The locations to be searched include the ‘45 Office,’ all storage rooms, and all other rooms or areas within the premises used or available to be used by FPOTUS and his staff and in which boxes or documents could be stored, including all structures or buildings on the estate.

FPOTUS means former former President of the United States.

The warrant indicates that more than 20 boxes were taken from Trump’s resident, including photos, classified government materials and a handwritten note.

2. Linton Worked on a January 6 Investigation

In a court affidavit charging a man named Tommy Frederick Allan in connection with January 6, Linton explained,

On January 6, 2021, your affiant, Jeremy Linton, was on duty and performing my official duties as a Special Agent for the FBI. I am currently assisting with the investigation of criminal activity in and around the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The affidavit continued, “As a federal agent, I am authorized to investigate violations of laws in the United States, and as a law enforcement officer
I am authorized to execute warrants issued under the authority of the United States.”

That affidavit accuses Allen of entering the Senate chamber on January 6. The court documents accuse Allen of taking a Senate flag.

“I observed ALLAN standing between the Presiding Officer’s desk and the desk of the Journal Clerk, Parliamentarian, Legislative Clerk and Assistant Secretary of the Senate (hereinafter the ‘FRONT DESK’) as shown in IMAGE-4, using his right hand to grab white papers laid out near the corner of the FRONT DESK,” Linton’s affidavit reads. It was based on Linton’s review of video.

You can read the affidavit in full here.

He was accused of taking documents from the desk of Senate leader Mitch McConnell.

3. Linton Has Worked for the FBI Since 2014

In the court affidavit in the January 6 investigation, Linton provided some details of his background.

“Specifically, I have been a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) since 2014,” he wrote.

4. Trump Has Called the Allegations a ‘Hoax’ & Referred to ‘Sleazy People Involved’

Trump has gone on the offense using his Truth Social platform.

“Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more. Same sleazy people involved,” he wrote.

“Why wouldn’t the FBI allow the inspection of areas at Mar-a-Lago with our lawyer’s, or others, present. Made them wait outside in the heat, wouldn’t let them get even close – said ‘ABSOLUTELY NOT.’ Planting information anyone? Reminds me of a Christofer [sic] Steele Dossier!”

Trump added: “Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents.”

5. FBI Director Christopher Wray has Defended His Agents

GettyFBI Director Christopher A. Wray testifies while flanked by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on October 10, 2018 in Washington, DC.

As tensions rise following the Trump search, and with news that an armed man attempted to breach an FBI headquarters in Ohio, FBI Director Christopher Wray fought back against criticism of his agents.

Ricky Shiffer, a Trump supporter who had telegraphed his intentions on Truth Social, was later shot and killed during a standoff with police.

Wray released a statement after the incident that read,

Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others. Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning to all Americans. Every day, I see the men and women of the FBI doing their jobs professionally and with rigor, objectivity, and a fierce commitment to our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. I am proud to serve alongside them.

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Debunking the latest 2020 conspiracy theory from a leading MAGA election denier

One of the most conspiracy-minded “con artists” who sought to elevate and enrich himself by posing as a technical expert during the Arizona Senate GOP’s flawed review of the 2020 presidential election is returning to Maricopa County on October 1, where he is pushing a new – and easily-debunked – conspiracy theory about how 2020 votes were forged.

This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

“I’m just going to explain a few things here that I think you need to look at. But there’s many – there’s much more work we have to do,” said Jovan Pulitzer, in a video posted online this week (and then taken down) that was recorded by AUDIT Elections USA, an Arizona-based advocacy group seeking more transparent vote counts. “I’m doing this because we can’t move on.”

Pulitzer, who rented a theater in Tempe where he will speak and host other election deniers, is alleging that a handful of accessible voting stations that assist voters with disabilities were used to hijack votes for Joe Biden. These computers have a touchscreen to register votes and a printer that produces a filled-out ballot card. A separate scanner then counts the votes.

“It is well-known that these voting machines have features built into them under the auspices of protection or equal access for people with disabilities that can be used nefariously,” he said. “I call this hiding in plain sight. They’ve always had the ability to modify the vote.”

Pulitzer is claiming that Maricopa County’s accessible voting stations hijacked Trump votes by using an on-board library of images to fill in the ovals next to Biden’s name.

“We have to look at, on all these ballots, 188,056,260 ovals – yes, 188,056,260 ovals – and you have to look at them all individually,” he said.

“This is made-up nonsense,” said John Brakey, AUDIT Elections USA executive director. “He’s talking about machines there that don’t even exist. He doesn’t even realize that 91 percent of the county’s [presidential] ballots were mailed out and came back in a signed envelope.”

Election officials in Maricopa County, where 1.2 million people voted for president, quickly pointed to evidence that showed why Pulitzer’s claims are yet another false narrative.

Maricopa County’s voting stations for voters with disabilities, called ballot-marking devices, do not print out ballots with any filled-in ovals. They print out human-readable text of the voter’s selections and a QR code (a dot matrix) of those choices that is read by a scanner. Thus, the claim about deliberately misprinted ballot ovals has no basis in reality. Pulitzer’s narrative, ignorantly or deceptively, relies on a voting system that Maricopa County does not use.

Further, the volume of presidential votes cast on Maricopa County’s ballot-marking stations is nowhere near Biden’s 10,457-vote statewide margin over Trump. As the county noted in a post-election report, only 454 people used the accessible voting stations in the presidential election. There’s no way that Pulitzer’s alleged forgeries would have affected the outcome.

Moreover, the ballots printed by the marking device computers are smaller (8.5 inches by 11 inches) than the traditional ballot cards (8.5 inches by 19 inches) issued to all other voters at voting sites. Here, again, the factual evidence is easy to account for, and does not support any claim that accessible voting devices could have altered the election’s results.

Maricopa County is the second most populous election jurisdiction in America. Only Los Angeles County has more voters. Its election department is highly professional, as seen by the data that it compiles and issues. In early 2022, it issued one of the country’s most comprehensive and technical refutations of every stolen election allegation posed after Trump’s loss.

That report was overseen by Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, a Republican who voted for Trump but felt compelled to defend the county’s election administration after the Arizona Senate Republicans sanctioned an “audit” led by Cyber Ninjas, a pro-Trump IT firm.

Pulitzer had a unique and influential role in that error-plagued audit – which failed in multiple attempts to account for every ballot cast (a starting-line inventory control step) but concluded that Biden had won (without evidence that could be replicated).

Most of the sophisticated equipment that filled the floor of Phoenix’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum – the tables of overhead cameras and microscopes – was prompted by Pulitzer, who told others that he was looking for signs of forgeries, including bamboo fibers in paper ballots that he said would prove that 40,000 ballots had been forged in Asia and smuggled, somehow unseen and undetected, into Maricopa County’s voting operations.

When the Cyber Ninjas and other IT contractors sanctioned by the Senate Republicans issued their findings in September 2021, the state legislators did not include Pulitzer’s forgery theory or analysis on its webpage. Nor did they invite him to present his findings in any forum.

“Jovan Hutton Pulitzer is a con artist who is a master of hoaxes and frauds,” Brakey wrote in an email during the audit where he was an observer. “[The] following are links to various sources that discredit him entirely. Please note that his so-called Wikipedia page is a FAKE page made up by him with the URL of his website, NOT the [real] Wikipedia URL. Pulitzer changed his name from Jeffrey Jovan Philyaw. He also goes by J. Hutton Pulitzer. He did invent CueCat, which PC World called ‘one of the 25 worst inventions of all time.’”

Pulitzer’s latest claims may be easily debunked before his upcoming event in Tempe, but it shows how determined 2020 election deniers remain as 2022’s general election approaches.

Author Bio: Steven Rosenfeld is the editor and chief correspondent of Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He has reported for National Public Radio, Marketplace, and Christian Science Monitor Radio, as well as a wide range of progressive publications including Salon, AlterNet, the American Prospect, and many others.

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