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    Republican attorney general candidate Matthew DePerno is suspected of plotting to tamper with election equipment in Michigan after the 2020 general election. Michigan Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel announced in a press release on Aug. 8 that her department had petitioned the Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council, a state agency that provides legal research to the state's prosecuting attorneys and coordinates their activities, to assign a special prosecutor to an ongoing investigation into efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Nessel's petition, based on evidence obtained during an investigation by the office of Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, says that the Michigan Department of Attorney General and the Michigan State Police are investigating "a conspiracy to unlawfully obtain access to voting machines used in the 2020 elections." Named in the petition are a Republican candidate for Michigan attorney general, Kalamazoo lawyer Matt DePerno, and eight other people. Chief Deputy Attorney General Christina Grossi said in a letter to Benson dated Aug. 5: Ultimately, our investigation uncovered that, after the 2020 election, a group of individuals gained unauthorized...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Matthew DePerno made his political reputation on loudly and repeatedly questioning the 2020 presidential election results. It gained him the fervor of Republican delegates and the endorsement of Donald Trump in his bid for attorney general. WASHINGTON, MICHIGAN – APRIL 02: Matthew DePerno, who is running for the Michigan Republican party’s nomination for state attorney general, speaks at a rally hosted by former President Donald Trump on April 02, 2022 near Washington, Michigan. Trump is in Michigan to promote his America First agenda and is expected to voice his support of DePerno, and Kristina Karamo, who is running for the party’s nomination for secretary of state. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) READ MORE: Police Search For Suspect In Fatal Shooting On Detroit's West SideBut now the political novice is accused of helping obtain improper access to voting machines and intending to use them to further the false claims, just three months before voters head to the polls in this and other key statewide races in battleground Michigan. The reliability of election systems and equipment...
    by Scott McClallen   Attorney General Dana Nessel is seeking a special prosecutor to consider criminal charges against nine people who engaged in a “conspiracy” to gain access to voting machines while disputing the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. The nine people include some high-profile names, including Trump-endorsed, GOP attorney general candidate Matt DePerno, state Rep. Daire Rendon, R-Lake City, and Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf. The letter says the group convinced local clerks to give access to tabulators that the group took to rented areas in Oakland County, where they printed fake ballots and did other tests. The Detroit News first reported the story, detailed in a letter from Nessel’s office to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. The investigation overview says that the groups “gained unauthorized access and compromised tabulators” from the offices of the Roscommon County Clerk, the Richfield Township Clerk, the Lake City Township Clerk, and the Irving Township Clerk between March 11, 2021, and late June of 2021. Additionally, the overview says the AG does “…not believe these actions impair the integrity of the recent August 2nd primary...
    LANSING, Mich. (CBS DETROIT/AP) — The Michigan Attorney General’s office is asking that a special prosecutor investigate whether the Republican candidate for state attorney general and others should be charged in connection with an effort to gain access to voting machines after the 2020 election. According to a petition, Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has asked that the Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council, a state agency, appoint a special prosecutor to consider charges against nine people, including Republican attorney general candidate Matt DePerno, state Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City and Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf. The Detroit News reported Sunday that the details of the allegations were made in a letter sent Friday by Nessel’s chief deputy attorney general, Christina Grossi, to Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. They involved convincing local clerks to hand over voting tabulators, breaking into them and performing “tests,” according to the letter. The request for a special prosecutor was made because of the potential conflict of interest since Nessel likely will face DePerno in the November election. “There must be consequences for those...
    When the Michigan Republican Party held its convention in Grand Rapids on Saturday, April 23, two of the far-right “Stop the Steal” extremists who were featured were Matt DePerno (who is running for Michigan attorney general) and Michigan secretary of state candidate Kristina Karamo — both of whom former President Donald Trump has endorsed. Never Trump conservative Amanda Carpenter, in an article published by The Bulwark on April 25, warns that democracy will suffer in Michigan if either DePerno or Karamo is elected in the 2022 midterms. “Reasonable people would have to hope DePerno and Karamo get blown out in the general election and are never heard from again,” Carpenter argues. “Their outlandish insistence that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump has led to considerable fractures within the Michigan Republican Party. As such, they’re viewed as longshots who will be unable to unite the party, win over independents, and beat the incumbent Democrats, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.” Carpenter continues, “That said, DePerno and Karamo were never really considered serious candidates, yet they managed...
    Former President Donald Trump touted the "explosive" 2020 election fraud lawsuit in Antrim County, Michigan, in a campaign call on Wednesday. Trump spoke for roughly five minutes during a telephone town hall event for Matthew DePerno, a Republican candidate for Michigan attorney general who is spearheading the litigation, according to the Detroit News. "The mistake had to be corrected," Trump said. "We caught them. And they said, 'Well, we made a little mistake.' It wasn't a mistake at all. It was being caught." DePerno became the face of the battle against officials over election results in Antrim County, a jurisdiction in northern Michigan with about 23,000 residents, in a lawsuit that initially focused on a local marijuana retailer proposal. He and his client, Antrim County resident William Bailey, alleged that the county voting machines were hacked, changing the votes, spurred on by the results initially showing President Joe Biden winning the race. But tabulation errors were quickly discovered, and once rectified, Trump was shown to be the victor. MCCARTHY SAID HE WOULD TELL TRUMP TO RESIGN AFTER CAPITOL...
    In his post-presidency, Trump's main agenda seems to be relitigating the 2020 election. On Saturday, former President Donald Trump held a "Save America" rally in Washington Township, Michigan, to stump for two down-ballot Republican candidates in the battleground state: Matthew DePerno, who is running for attorney general, and Kristina Karamo, who is running for secretary of state. Both candidates have falsely claimed the 2020 presidential election was rigged, repeating Trump's so-called "big lie" that the election was stolen from him. "Remember," Trump told supporters at the rally, "this is not just about 2022, this is about making sure Michigan is not rigged and stolen in 2024."   Neither DePerno nor Karamo has held elected office before.  Trump's preferred candidate for secretary of state, Kristina Karamo, was unknown in political circles before the 2020 election. After the 2020 election, she joined a crowd of Trump supporters at the TCF Center (now called Huntington Place) in downtown Detroit that disrupted the counting of absentee ballots that was taking place there. Karamo claimed that she witnessed votes being switched illegally from Trump to Biden....
    Former President Donald Trump is expected to speak in Michigan tonight, as he throws his support behind two of the state's GOP contenders. Trump is scheduled to headline his Save America rally Saturday night, which his team has described as a 'continuation of President Trump's unprecedented effort to advance the MAGA agenda by energizing voters and highlighting America First candidates and causes.' The goal, according to the Detroit Free Press, is to raise the profiles of Matthew DePerno, a lawyer running for state attorney general, and Kristina Karamo, who is running for secretary of state - the state's chief elections officer.  Both candidates have vocally supported Trump's claims that the 2020 presidential election was 'rigged' - a claim Trump is likely to repeat on Saturday night. He is also likely to hint at another presidential campaign and rail against what he perceives to be a witch hunt orchestrated by Congress and the courts against him.  Former President Donald Trump is expected to speak in Michigan tonight
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE endorsed a Republican challenger in Michigan’s election for the state attorney general in 2022. In a statement released through his Save America PAC, Trump endorsed lawyer Matt DePerno in the race to replace Attorney General Dana Nessel (D). DePerno “has defended the Constitution for 20 years, and has been on the front lines pursuing fair and accurate elections, as he relentlessly fights to reveal the truth about the Nov. 3rd Presidential Election Scam,” Trump said in the statement. Trump further said that DePerno will “properly enforce the laws for everyone unlike what the out-of-control Radical Left Prosecutors are doing now.” “He will always defend our under siege Second Amendment, loves our Military and our Vets, and will restore Law and Order in the face of rampant and record-setting crime in Michigan,” Trump said. “Matt DePerno has my Complete and Total Endorsement. He will never let you...
    An attorney hired to lead a 2020 election lawsuit in Antrim County announced his run for Michigan attorney general. “It’s official,” said a news release posted to Matthew DePerno’s Twitter late Wednesday. DePerno, who represents resident William Bailey against Antrim County and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, will seek the state’s top law enforcement post in 2022, currently held by Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel. “DePerno will engage in impartial criminal investigations and will follow and enforce the law,” the announcement said. MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE 2020 ELECTION FRAUD PROFITEERS The attorney has been the face of the battle against officials over election results in Antrim County, a jurisdiction in northern Michigan. He and others, including President Donald Trump, alleged the county voting machines were hacked, changing the votes. Initial results in the county showed President Joe Biden prevailing, although officials discovered tabulation errors and certified Trump as the winner. Officials blamed the incident on human error. DePerno and his client unsuccessfully sought to have a judge order a new audit of...
    There is still life in a 2020 election fraud lawsuit in northern Michigan. Attorneys for Antrim County and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are objecting to a motion from Matthew DePerno, the attorney for the plaintiff, filed after a judge rejected an effort last month to force a new audit of the results. In anticipation of an appeal, 13th Circuit Court Judge Kevin Elsenheimer said the court "will take all pending motions under advisement," and he ordered DePerno to submit a proposed order on the stay, according to the Traverse City Record-Eagle. But the proposed order DePerno turned in "is not accurate," Michigan Assistant Attorney General Erik Grill contended in a brief. “The Court had stated that 'all matters' would be stayed — including discovery. But the Plaintiff’s proposed order stays only unresolved motions and would not stay discovery or any other matters," he added. A hearing for arguments is scheduled for July 12. MICHIGAN ATTORNEY ALLEGES 1,061 'PHANTOM BALLOTS' FOUND IN ANTRIM COUNTY 2020 ELECTION CASE Elsenheimer's ruling effectively dismissing the case, one of the last 2020 election...
    "Explosive" information suggests the 2020 election in Antrim County, Michigan, was ripe for fraud, according to a local attorney involved in a lawsuit over the contest more than six months after it took place. Matthew DePerno and his client, Antrim County resident William Bailey, held an event with supporters on Monday, one day before Antrim County Circuit Judge Kevin Elsenheimer is expected to decide whether to dismiss the case in which Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has intervened and defended the integrity of the election. The attorney insisted that forensic images, which follow a judge-approved forensic audit of the Antrim County election results, voting machines, and software in December, asserted there were multiple ways there could have been issues with ballot tabulation and called on state legislators to conduct a statewide audit of the election. "It's nearly impossible to uncover fraud unless you have an actual audit of the ballots," DePerno said after claiming his team determined they had the capability to flip votes. DePerno said his team made new discoveries as recently as this weekend. MICHIGAN ATTORNEY ALLEGES...
    More than a thousand "phantom ballots" were discovered in Antrim County, Michigan, according to a local attorney in a 2020 election lawsuit alleging fraud in the contest six months after it took place. Matthew DePerno, who is representing Antrim County resident William Bailey, said a recount in December tallied 15,962 ballots, but only 14,901 votes were shown in the Michigan secretary of state's database, meaning 1,061 don't exist on voter rolls. This alleged discovery of "phantom ballots," DePerno wrote in a recent filing, supports the need for an audit of the county results. Other irregularities that warrant a closer look, according to DePerno, are data showing a near 100% turnout among voters aged 65 to 80 and one-in-five ballots being sent to P.O. boxes. The Washington Examiner reached out to the Michigan secretary of state's office for comment on where the data for the "phantom ballots" can be found, but did not receive a response. Former President Donald Trump appears to be keeping up with the latest in the case. He issued a statement about it Monday evening. SHERIFF WARNS...
    A judge in Michigan ruled the findings from a “forensic audit” of Dominion Voting Systems machines can be released to the public, with some redactions. Attorneys from Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office agreed with the ruling by Michigan Circuit Court Judge Kevin Elsenheimer on Monday, although her office said that Matt DePerno, who is representing an Antrim County resident who filed a lawsuit alleging electoral malfeasance, is being misleading with his characterization of the findings in the preliminary report. The hearing took place the same day that Michigan's presidential electors were set to convene in Lansing, as were electors in states across the country. In the virtual court hearing, which was watched online by thousands of people, DePerno argued that the public interest in the case was high and that his report about the forensic audit of the Dominion machines should be released. “We believe that the public interest in understanding what we discovered and what’s in the report would outweigh any potential harm to Dominion’s software,” said the attorney. DePerno said that securing...
    A judge approved Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s emergency motion to intervene in a case against a small county that alleges fraud and focuses on Dominion Voting Systems machines. Michigan Circuit Court Judge Kevin Elsenheimer ruled in favor of the state’s motion during a Thursday hearing conducted virtually over Zoom. The plaintiff in the case, a voter named William Bailey, argued through his attorney Matthew DePerno that the state should not be granted an intervention given the timing. Bailey filed the litigation to challenge a local marijuana retailer proposal that just barely passed after three ballots were not included in a retabulation because they had been damaged. The case, which lists Antrim County as the defendant, has gained outsize publicity and attention from President Trump’s legal team and allies because of the focus around Dominion voting machines. Michigan moved to intervene in the case in order to allow officials better access to scrutinize the plaintiff’s claims of election fraud. The intervention request came after Elsenheimer allowed a forensic audit of the machines by a team on...
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