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    Drew Angerer/Getty Images MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell created more legal trouble for controversial Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters after he told a local reporter he gifted hundreds of thousands of dollars to her legal fund. On April 5th, NBC’s 9NEWS reporter Marshall Zelinger asked Lindell how much money he raised for Peters’ legal defense against felony charges for her role in breaching election equipment under her supervision: Zelinger: “Mr. Lindell, how much have you raised for Tina Peters’s legal defense fund?” Lindell: “I just put all the money in myself.” Zelinger: “How much is that?” Lindell: “I don’t know, I probably put in 3, 4, 5, maybe $800,000 of my own money.” Peters, who is running for Colorado Secretary of State, was indicted in early March on multiple counts related to election tampering. A grand jury indicted the elected Republican from Colorado’s Western Slope over allegations that she illegally allowed someone to copy passwords and other files from secure voting systems and post them online, which exposed the machines to hacking. Peters has been “charged with three counts of attempting...
    MyPillow CEO and Donald Trump election warrior Mike Lindell says that he has spent a whopping $30 million to pursue legal efforts that have so far fruitlessly tried to prove widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Lindell told the Guardian that he has used the money to retain approximately 70 lawyers, cyber consultants, private investigators and others to amass "evidence" of a fraud that election officials across the U.S. say never happened. The Minnesota businessman, who inserted himself into national politics by echoing the former president's false claim that the election was stolen from him, spent $500,000 just last month on an Arizona lawsuit filed by two Trump-backed candidates to prevent voting machines that Lindell claims are defective from being used in upcoming elections. According to the Guardian, "Lindell said that he plans to underwrite similar anti voting machine lawsuits in the next few months in many other states including Colorado, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan and Alabama. 'I’d like to file the lawsuits in all 50 states,' he said. 'I didn’t come all this way not to succeed....
    Stephen Colbert went off on former President Donald Trump on Tuesday, slamming him over a report that he tried to seize voting machines after the 2020 election. “Let’s be clear, it is difficult after years of building a thick, protective callus over my heart and my brain, just to protect myself from the hot, black tar of his narcissistic, evil impulses, for me to take this information in for the gargantuan and grotesque violation of everything that this country holds dear,” Colbert said on Tuesday’s Late Show. “But I think it’s worth taking a moment right now to let this sink in, just to marinate in his madness.” Colbert, who referred to Trump as “former President Coup-ssolini,” went on to suggest that his viewers at home pause the episode to take a moment to “scream into a bag or punch a hole in the drywall.” “To be clear, the former president, still the leader of one of the two major parties, who has all of the Republicans balls in a little velvet pouch that he wears around his neck like an amulet, wanted...
    Republican Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas said a recent report that Donald Trump considered an executive order to have the military seize voting machines in 2020 battleground states 'very serious' during a Sunday television interview.  Rep. Bennie Thompson, who chairs the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol attack, confirmed this morning that such an executive order was drafted.  The top GOP lawmaker on the House Foreign Affairs Committee told CBS News' Face The Nation he hopes the 'truth will come out' in the Democrat-led investigation into the January 6 insurrection as well as the Justice Department's probes into the matter. It was a rare right-wing vote of confidence for the committee from a lawmaker whose re-election bid was endorsed by Trump as recently as November of last year.  His tone puts him at odds with the former president, who has been known to lash out at Republicans who express support for the committee or dispute his claims that the 2020 election was rigged.  It was also a stark departure from many of his colleagues in the House Republican Caucus, who...
    The House Select Committee has uncovered a draft of an executive order written sometime in the weeks after the 2020 presidential election. According to Business Insider, the order would have called for the U.S. Secretary of Defense to "seize" voting machines and select a special counsel to conduct an election investigation. The document, reportedly dated December 16, 2020, "outlines a plan for the Pentagon to take the machines and for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to conduct an assessment of the machines within 60 days of their seizure." "Effective immediately, the Secretary of Defense shall seize, collect, retain and analyze all machines, equipment, electronically stored information, and material records required for retention," the draft order said. In addition to suggesting a government seizure of voting machines, the order also echoes multiple election conspiracy theories largely circulated by former U.S. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Trump's controversial campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, both of whom are known Trump allies. "The appointment of a Special Counsel to oversee this operation and institute all criminal and civil proceedings as...
    Wisconsin’s nonpartisan audit of the 2020 presidential election found that the race was secure and that voting machines correctly tabulated the results, contradicting discredited claims made by former President Donald Trump and his allies that the election was rigged against him. The report, conducted by the state’s Legislative Audit Bureau, found that the machines made no notable errors. Though the panel offered multiple suggestions for future elections, it said that the audit underscored that the Wisconsin election was secure and free of widespread fraud. “Despite concerns with statewide elections procedures, this audit showed us that the election was largely safe and secure,” said Republican state Sen. Robert Cowles, co-chair of the Legislative Audit Committee which ordered the report. “It’s my hope that we can now look at election law changes & agency accountability measures in a bipartisan manner based on these nonpartisan recommendations.” (RELATED: Wisconsin Certifies Biden’s Victory) State Sen. Robert Cowles co-chaired the committee that ordered the audit. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) The auditors found that 59 of the 60 voting machines tested gave accurate counts, with just one producing insufficient data to...
    Dominion Voting Systems has sent a cease and desist letter to MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, threatening 'imminent' legal action over his baseless claims of widespread voting fraud involving their machines. Citing Lindell to be a ‘prominent leader of the ongoing misinformation campaign’, Dominion warned the businessman they plan to sue him for defamation for peddling false claims their machines were ‘rigged’ to favor Joe Biden over Trump in the 2020 election. ‘Despite knowing your implausible attacks against Dominion have no basis in reality, you have participated in the vast and concerted misinformation campaign to slander Dominion’, the company wrote. ‘Litigation regarding these issues is imminent.’  Lindell has been ordered to cease and desist making defamatory claims against Dominion, and to ‘preserve and retain all documents relating to Dominion and your smear campaign against the company.’ Citing Mike Lindell (above) to be a ‘prominent leader of the ongoing misinformation campaign’, Dominion warned the businessman they plan to sue him for slander for peddling false claims their machines were ‘rigged’ ‘Despite knowing your implausible attacks against Dominion have no basis...
              Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s General Counsel Ryan Germany confirmed during the Georgia State Senate hearing that the state’s voting machines received a system update before the election. Germany shared that the updates had occurred weeks prior to Election Day. Vice Chairman Senator Marty Harbin (R-GA-Tyrone) asked Germany whether Dominion’s voting machines were updated. He said, “Number one question I need to ask is that I understand that in one of the precincts that represents my district that on the day before the election there were updates being done to the machines because of the senate race with 24 candidates, the machine was having problems in printing that – is that a true statement?” At first, Germany responded that there hadn’t been updates. The senator pressed for further clarification. “I understand there were people coming in with USB drives to update machines the day before the election.” At that point, Germany admitted that they’d updated the machines prior to the election. “We did update the machines to handle how that senate race appeared,”...
    (CNN)Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms implored voters waiting in line during Georgia's primary on Tuesday to stay and cast their ballots, despite wait times having stretched several hours at some polling places."If you are in line, PLEASE do not allow your vote to be suppressed," Bottoms tweeted Tuesday morning. "PLEASE stay in line. They should offer you a provisional ballot if the machines are not working."Bottoms' plea preceded Georgia's secretary of state and state House speaker calling later Tuesday for investigations into the voting delays in Atlanta and across Georgia. The state has faced voting issues due to the coronavirus pandemic this year, with Georgia's primary having been postponed twice over health concerns regarding Covid-19 exposure, and the state mailing absentee ballot requests to the state's 6.9 million registered voters.Bottoms tweeted Tuesday morning after learning that several voting machines throughout the city of Atlanta and Fulton County were not working.Georgia officials call for investigations into primary day voting issues"Voters in line at Ralph Bunche precinct, one of the largest in Atlanta, say NONE of the machines are working. Please address...
    Georgia's Secretary of State has announced an investigation after poll workers reported long lines resulting from problems with new voting machines in at least three counties in Tuesday's primary elections. Georgia's primary was delayed from March 24 due to the coronavirus pandemic but the voting machine problems are unrelated.  Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced last year that the state would be purchasing these machines at a cost of $104 million. Though poll workers are voicing their concerns about the equipment, Raffensperger's office is putting the blame on the workers from individual counties for not knowing how to work the machines. Fulton County, which had reported the most amount of problems, tweeted that "everyone in line by 7 p.m. will vote today."  2020 Democratic Primaries & Caucuses New voting machines lead to long lines in Georgia elections Joe Biden inches ever-so-close to clinching Democratic nomination Abrams' voting rights group to track Georgia's mail ballot problems Biden wins Hawaii primary Biden inches closer to nomination with Oregon primary win More in 2020 Democratic Primaries & Caucuses Stacey Abrams, the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate,...
    Primary voting kicked off in Georgia on Tuesday, with reports of long lines and multiple voting machines not working. Many suspect the chaos is a preview of November’s presidential election.  READ MORE: Biden promises police changes without stripping funding Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms took to Twitter to report that “voters in line at Ralph Bunche precinct, one of the largest in Atlanta, say NONE of the machines are working.” People wait in line to vote in Georgia’s Primary Election on June 9, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) In a follow-up post she added, “This seems to be happening throughout Atlanta and perhaps throughout the county. People have been in line since before 7:00 a.m. this morning.”   If you are in line, PLEASE do not allow your vote to be suppressed. PLEASE stay in line. They should offer you a provisional ballot if the machines are not working. https://t.co/1lVu3rEsCg — Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) June 9, 2020 Election officials in the Atlanta area are reportedly “processing ballots painfully slowly” because the new touch screen...
    As primary voting began in Georgia on Tuesday, the mayor of the state’s largest city reported that multiple voting machines were not working. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms took to Twitter early in the morning to report that “voters in line at Ralph Bunche precinct, one of the largest in Atlanta, say NONE of the machines are working.” SHOWDOWN IN GEORGIA: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE JUNE 9 PRIMARIES Soon after, the mayor said: “This seems to be happening throughout Atlanta and perhaps throughout the county. People have been in line since before 7:00 a.m. this morning.” And she urged voters that “If you are in line, PLEASE do not allow your vote to be suppressed. PLEASE stay in line. They should offer you a provisional ballot if the machines are not working.” Georgia’s Secretary of State office says the voting delays in Fulton County – which includes the city of Atlanta – are due to outdated systems that are not compatible with new voting machines deployed across the state, according to local reports. Gabriel Sterling, the elections official in charge...
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