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More on Biden’s 308,000 Ballot Drop in Fairfax County Virginia on Election Night – This One Ballot Drop Was 73% of Biden Votes in the County — EXPLAIN THAT!

By Joe Hoft
Published February 15, 2021 at 7:15am

The election results in Virginia’s Fairfax County were very suspect late Election Night. There were five ballot drops each with over 300,000 votes for Biden in and out like a yoyo which ended up being 73% of the County’s votes for Biden.

We’ve reported since the election on the unreal results in Virginia on Election night. We uncovered a pattern that occurred in Virginia as well as in other states that we labeled the “Drop and Roll”:

Then this week we found out that the drop in Virginia occurred in Fairfax County:


After some more work, we have located the Congressional Districts that include Fairfax County in their results. This is where more than 300,000 votes were recorded for Biden late that night. There were actually 5 entries – in and out and in and out and in – netting to more than 308,000 votes for Biden and only 79,000 votes for President Trump – an 80/20 ratio. This makes no sense. But here’s something interesting, according to the “official” results:


In 2020 Fairfax County (when accounting for Biden and President Trump votes only):
VA-8 went 74/26 Biden/Trump
VA-10 went 65/35 Biden/Trump
VA-11 went 72/28 Biden/Trump

This is the result AFTER the bulk dump of 308,000 votes that went 80/20 for Biden after the two 90/10 Biden batches were added then removed. This dump of 308,000 represented 73% of all Fairfax County votes for Biden.

In 2016 Fairfax County went as follows:
VA-8 went 68/25 Hillary/Trump
VA-10 went 56/37 Hillary/Trump
VA-11 went 66/27 Hillary/Trump

Here are the questions that need to be answered:
** Where do these 308,000 80/20 votes come from in Fairfax that were dropped?

** How could Biden outperform Hillary by such vast margins in that particular large dump, where no district came close to 70/30 much less 80/20?

** And VA-10 in Fairfax went from a 19 point Hillary margin in 2016 to a 29 point margin for Biden? Really?

Hillary won VA only by 5% in 2016, and only by 212,000 votes. In this one late night 80/20 vote dump in Fairfax, Biden picked up a margin of 230,000 votes, more than Hillary’s statewide margin in 2016. And in 2016, there was both a libertarian and a never-Trumper (Evan McMillan) that both pulled votes from Trump.

Why is no one from Virginia screaming to high heaven demanding the ballots in this county be forensically reviewed?
 

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The Insurrection Lie II: False Reports From January 6th Continue To Unravel.
On January 13, 2021, The National Pulse called the almost ubiquitous, false reporting about the events at the Capitol on January 6 “The Insurrection Lie.” This was contrary to some other conservative media outlets, such as National Review, which published a piece on January 17 calling the events at the Capitol “impeachable.”

Our view, groundbreaking at the time, has been vindicated in the ensuing month. Tucker Carlson last week called the media’s reporting on the events a “lie.” Following is an update to our coverage based on recent disclosures.

Ritualizing The Lie.
On January 13, we reported:

A Capitol Police officer died of a stroke the day after the riot; but it is not known what may have happened during the melee that would provide a causal connection. His brother stated that he had communicated with the officer after the event: “He texted me last night and said, ‘I got pepper-sprayed twice,’ and he was in good shape.” Sometime after the riot, he returned to his division office and collapsed. It has been reported that the Capitol Police initially issued a statement denying that a police officer had died as a result of injuries sustained in the attack. Based on available facts (which may change) it is speculative to say at this time that he was murdered or slain. His family has made a plea that the death not be politicized.

Update: The National Pulse has since reported that early reports Officer Sicknick was hit with a fire extinguisher were false, and the New York Times has backed away from the claim. Revolver has done a deep dive into these events, raising further questions about the cause of death.

Based on available facts, it is reasonable to conclude that Sicknick’s death was not caused by the protest. Nevertheless, against the family’s wishes, the death has been used politically.

Sicknick became only the fifth person to receive the distinction of lying in honor at the Capitol Rotunda. Alarmingly, this was done to ritualize the unsupported claim that he was slain by rioters. Democrat House impeachment managers alleged an “armed insurrection” based on the false assertion that Sicknick was struck with a fire extinguisher. The United States Capitol is surrounded by razor wire and secured by military units on the premise that its previous security was breached by armed insurrectionists who murdered a police officer.

It is a lie.

Creating the Lie.

On January 13, we reported:
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the “right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” On January 6, 2021, hundreds of thousands of citizens traveled to the nation’s capital to exercise their Constitutional right to peacefully protest. This was their grievance: Seventy-five million had cast their ballots for Trump on election day. Then, in the wee hours, when Las Vegas oddsmakers were calling a Trump victory, counting inexplicably stopped, and a disproportionate number of Biden votes appeared. The Biden votes were primarily from Democrat-controlled cities: Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Milwaukee. They were culled from mail-in ballots, an accommodation hurriedly retrofitted into the voting system because of a pandemic. The election’s statistical anomalies were mind boggling, including Republican dominance down ballot, Trump’s significant support among minority voters, and his victory in all traditional bellwethers. In June, Attorney General Bill Barr sat for an interview in CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and warned of fraud with mail-in voting. He said: “People trying to change the rules to this, to this methodology – which, as a matter of logic, is very open to fraud and coercion – is reckless and dangerous and people are playing with fire.” Some of the new voting procedures were ordered by state governors and health officials even though Article II of the Constitution delegates rule-making for elections exclusively to state legislatures. The Washington protesters had reason to ask: Did someone pull a fast one?

Update: Since our report, Time Magazine has helpfully answered our ultimate question, “Did someone pull a fast one?” – with a resounding (1) yes they did, and (2) they are proud of it. As we had surmised, the stratagem centered on mail-in ballots. In Time’s words:

Their work touched every aspect of the election. They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding. They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears…. This is the inside story of the conspiracy to save the 2020 election, based on access to the group’s inner workings, never-before-seen documents and interviews with dozens of those involved from across the political spectrum. It is the story of an unprecedented, creative and determined campaign whose success also reveals how close the nation came to disaster. “Every attempt to interfere with the proper outcome of the election was defeated,” says Ian Bassin, co-founder of Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan rule-of-law advocacy group. “But it’s massively important for the country to understand that it didn’t happen accidentally. The system didn’t work magically. Democracy is not self-executing.”

The peaceful protestors on January 6 were people who believe Democracy should be self-executing, without a well-funded consortium of the credentialed elite conspiring to assure an outcome. The Constitution permits citizens who hold even controversial political views to assemble and speak their mind. Many who peacefully assembled in Washington D.C., though, are being harassed as insurrectionists. They are being purposely conflated with those who breached the Capitol and there is a witch hunt to identify any who question the election. In a fiery speech, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell lumped the protesters together as a “mob.”

This is outrageous behavior on the part of the powerful against ordinary citizens who simply asserted their Constitutional rights.

Doubling Down on The Lie.

On January 13 we reported:
President Trump addressed the protesters and called on the assembled to march “over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” At the moment the President was uttering the words “peacefully,” though, a different more sinister group had already gathered at the Capitol, a full 45 minute walk away. Whatever happened there is not yet fully understood. Given the proclivity of federal law enforcement to act politically against Trump, it unfortunately may never be. Some things, though, are certain. We know, for instance, that many of the troublemakers were not Trump supporters. We know, too, that Capitol Police waved at least some Trump supporters into the building. We know that a Trump supporter was shot in the Capitol…. President Trump has saluted the protesters and denounced those who entered the Capitol to engage in violence. The distinction he made is no different than claims made by democratic mayors in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Dallas over the summer who supported BLM protests in their cities, but condemned troublemakers. Similarly, Senator Kamala Harris spoke about those riots on the The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in June:

“But they’re not going to stop. They’re not going to stop. They’re not. This is a movement. I’m telling you. They’re not going to stop, and everyone, beware. Because they’re not going to stop. They’re not going to stop before election day in November, and they are not going to stop after election day. And everyone should take note of that on both levels. That they’re not going to let up. And they should not, and we should not.”

Those who reported that her statement supported riots have been fact checked by
Reuters, USA Today, the AP, and others, on the premise that common cause with protests should not be cast as support for any rioting that ensues. If that is the media standard made venerable by the ritual of fact-checking, shouldn’t President Trump be judged accordingly?

Update: Since that was published, we have learned that President Trump will not be judged by the Kamala Harris standard.

Even though he called for the protestors to behave “peacefully and patriotically” at the Capitol, he has been tried in the United States Senate for inciting an insurrection. Who exactly did he incite? He cannot be responsible for those inside the Capitol who were not his supporters.

Indeed, he was addressing his supporters at a venue 45-minutes away when the breach occurred. Nor can he be blamed for those who were waved into the building. The Senators who heard the impeachment case bear greater responsibility for failed security on the premises.

Nor can he be responsible for any of his supporters who went too far and did something inappropriate. That is the lesson from this summer’s riots when any troublemakers were carefully separated from the larger cause.

If the federal government is permitted in this instance prosecute an entire movement because someone marginally associated got out of hand, it is the end of political movements. That is why distinctions between movements and troublemakers have always been made. We discussed the need for such distinctions on January 13:

[If it turns out that a Trump supporter did something that caused harm], perspective is important. In 2017, James Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer during the presidential primaries, opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice in Northern Virginia. Four people were shot, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). Hodgkinson believed that the 2016 election had been rigged by Vladimir Putin for Donald Trump. He was encouraged in this belief by Hillary Clinton, the DNC, the media, and social media. Sen. Bernie Sanders immediately condemned the shooting saying, “I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be: Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society, and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs counter to our most deeply held American values.” Sanders’ statement was hailed as appropriate to the moment. When someone with a peripheral involvement in politics commits a violent act, it is unfair to attribute broad political blame. It is also unnecessary for a politician to disclaim personal association with the act. That disassociation is assumed. President Trump addressed the Hodgkinson shooting, saying, “We may have our differences . . . We are strongest when we are unified and when we work for the common good.” The New York Times favorably noted that, “Mr. Trump steered clear of the possible political motivations of the gunman,” and instead issued a “dignified” call for unity.

That time it was okay for the president not to politicize the violence. It was even dignified. Wonder why?

Unfortunately, lost in the fog is the legitimate grievance of Trump voters who wish to know what happened on election night. Instead, the dominant media has turned the protest, ridiculously, into a coup attempt. The Insurrection Lie maintains that a
bare-chested-horn-helmet-wearning-organic-food-eating-global-warming-activist seized the Capitol January 6 on President Trump’s orders. This joins The Russia Lie and The Charlottesville Lie as a way to keep the little people at each other’s throats while the powerful skim off the top. Trump is dangerous because he calls them on the lies. The powerful need to cancel him and anyone who supports him. The last thing they want is the sort of perspective that free speech is meant to assure. Truth would risk people to turning their outrage on the powerful instead of each other. We live in dangerous times and not because of the peaceful protesters in attendance at Trump’s speech on January 6. They are not the bad guys.

Update: Nothing new to report there.

The Insurrection Lie remains a false propaganda tool to unfairly attack Trump and his supporters. Everything that has happened since January 13 supports The National Pulse’s original reporting.
 

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Rep. Mike Johnson: Impeachment Was About Democrats Framing 75 Million Trump Supporters as Capitol Hill Rioters

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President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally at Dubuque Regional Airport on November 1, 2020 in Dubuque, Iowa. With two days to go before Election Day, President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden continue to campaign across the country. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Democrats used their impeachment pursuit against former President Donald Trump as an attempt to “equate” 75 million Americans who voted for Trump with “the couple hundred criminals who came in an ransacked the Capitol,” Rep. Mike Johnson said (R-LA) in an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday with host Joel Pollak.

Johnson said the Democrats’ “ultimate goal” with impeachment was to frame Trump’s supporters as indistinguishable from Capitol rioters.

“They really wanted to use impeachment as a vehicle because they wanted to equate all those tens of millions of Trump’s voters and all of his supporters and everybody who came to the rally, they wanted to equate all of those people with the couple hundred criminals who came in and ransacked the Capitol,” Johnson stated.

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“If [Democrats’] new impeachment standard is to take hold, most of the party leadership in the Democrats will have to be censured or impeached themselves,” Johnson added. “I thought Trump’s attorneys did such a great job with their video montage where they showed all these guys — even the impeachment managers themselves — using the exact same language that they were trying to incriminate the president by using.”

Johnson remarked, “[Trump] has always stood for law and order and defense of the Constitution. He’s always opposed mob violence.”

Pollak asked about the future of impeachment.

Johnson speculated that congressional majorities may use impeachment more frequently as a political tool.

Johnson remarked, “You are lowering the bar [for impeachment] now. You weaponized this. You turned it into a political weapon to be used by the majority party against a president they don’t like. You opened a Pandora’s box that we may never be able to close again.”

Targeting former officeholders with impeachment is unconstitutional, Johnson assessed, recalling his legal background as an attorney practicing constitutional law for two decades.

Johnson stated, “The whole trial was unconstitutional … because the 45th president doesn’t hold any public office now. He’s a private citizen who lives in Florida. The Constitution limits the authority of the Senate in cases of impeachment to removal from office.”

Johnson said the Framers intended for due process and the First Amendment to apply to public officials charged through impeachment.

“What the Founders had in mind when they set up this impeachment article and the idea behind it was that it would be so serious that the decorum would be so appropriate for the weight of a moment like that,” Johnson explained. “It was sort of presupposed. It was understood, of course, that you would afford due process. They didn’t need to spell out the federal rules of the civil procedure in the Constitution for something like this because they thought that everyone would be acting like adults.”

“This was not a constitutional exercise,” Johnson repeated. “What [Democrats] tried to do [is] to raise ‘cancel culture’ now to a constitutional level.”
 

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House GOP leaders demand answers from Nancy Pelosi on security decisions before Capitol riot
A letter was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday signed by many ranking House members, asking her to answer "many important questions" about security-decisions in the time leading up to the Capitol riots on Jan. 6.

House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, House Administration Committee Ranking Member Rodney Davis House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan were the four who signed the letter.

According to Fox News, the letter references a security decision made on Jan. 4 that the National Guard should not be called in pre-emptively because of concerns about the "optics" of such a thing.

The letter also references a "very heavy-handed and tightly controlled approach to House operations that has been exerted by yourself, your staff, and an army of appointed House officials."

Reportedly, the then chief of the Capitol Police, Steve Sund, requested National Guard assistance on Jan. 4 and was denied by the then Sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving. Pelosi has since fired Sund and asked Irving to resign, which he did.

"When then-Chief Sund made a request for national guard support on January 4th, why was that request denied? Did Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving get permission or instruction from your staff on January 4th prior to denying Chief Sund’s request for the national guard?"

"As you are aware, the Speaker of the House is not only the leader of the majority party, but also has enormous institutional responsibilities. The Speaker is responsible for all operational decisions made within the House."

"These decisions [to fire Sund and demand Irving's resignation] were made in a partisan manner without any consultation of House Republicans and therefore raise questions about the political motivations of your decisions."

Pelosi has also recently come under fire for disobeying her own rules and bypassing metal detectors at the entrance to the House floor.

 

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Coons: ‘We Need to Spend Months and Months’ on a 9/11-Style Commission on Capitol Hill Riots

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Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that the Democrats need to “spend months and months unearthing all the evidence that can possibly be gotten to through a 9/11-style commission” on the Capitol Hill riots.

Partial transcript as follows:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Senator Coons, you just heard Congresswoman Dean right there on the necessity of a 9/11 Commission. You agree?
COONS: I do. George, this was a remarkable week. A powerful week. And I think the House managers, obviously Congresswoman Dean and Congressman Raskin and a very talented team put on an incredibly compelling and powerful case. But there’s still more evidence that the American people need and deserve to hear and a 9/11 Commission is a way to make sure that we secure the Capitol going forward and that we lay bare the record of just how responsible and how abjectly violating of his constitutional oath President Trump really was.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So there is more to learn. And you played a key role in working out the compromise accepted by the House managers on witnesses.
Walk us through the argument you made and what was going on in those couple of hours of confusion yesterday morning on the Senate floor.
COONS: Well, a number of senators promptly started talking to each other about what was the path forward with the unexpected request by the House managers for additional witnesses. And as lead manager Jamie Raskin recognized right after the trial, they could have had 500 more witnesses, it wasn’t going to change the outcome. Once Mitch McConnell made it clear he intended to acquit, even despite the compelling evidence, what the House managers needed wasn’t more witnesses or more evidence. What we all needed was more Republican courage.
I am grateful to Dr. Cassidy and the seven Republicans who joined with every Democrat in voting to convict President Trump. This was the most bipartisan verdict in American history, a strong rebuke to President Trump. But, frankly at the end of the day, the trial had reached its natural conclusion and I’m grateful for the terrific work the House managers did.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So you wouldn’t — you don’t believe that a full trial, more witnesses, more documents giving a sense of what was going on inside the White House, would have better serve the cause of justice and accountability?
COONS: I do think that we need to spend months and months unearthing all the evidence that can possibly be gotten to through a 9/11-style commission. I, frankly, at that time did not think that spending months fighting over additional witnesses would have changed the outcome of this trial one bit. And the House managers agreed. Many senators were making that point that they had as many votes on the Republican side as were possible to get. Frankly, they got more than even I expected given if you look back a year, the impeachment trial of President Trump that happened a year ago, only one Republican voted to convict.
 

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Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that the Democrats need to “spend months and months unearthing all the evidence that can possibly be gotten to through a 9/11-style commission” on the Capitol Hill riots.
Sounds good! The more time they waste on that drivel the less time they'll have to put in things like the PRO Act, which will kill millions of jobs.
 

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Why Are Arizona’s Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Not in Jail? They Are Reportedly Currently Breaking the Law By Not Handing Over 2020 Election Ballots

By Joe Hoft
Published February 15, 2021 at 1:45pm

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (MCBOS) is required by law to hand the ballots over to the County’s Treasurer after the election is canvassed. This is the law. Yet, this reportedly hasn’t happened.

Arizona’s Elections Procedures Manual states that after an election has been certified, the ballots are to be provided to the County Treasurer for safekeeping until the period of time for maintaining the ballots has legally lapsed. This is the law:



The problem for the MCBOS is that they are currently breaking the law. Per Arizona Representative Finchem, the MCBOS has not handed the millions of ballots that were canvassed in the 2020 election over to the County’s Treasurer. (See around the 1 minute mark below):

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This may be one reason the former Maricopa County Treasurer resigned in disgust in January after working with the MCBOS:
Outgoing Maricopa County Treasurer Royce Flora resigned early Wednesday, citing a “toxic environment” in county government.
Flora, who has been treasurer since 2016, said in his resignation letter that his last day is Thursday.
Flora was set to leave office in mid-January, but said that he was unable to complete his term in part because “the political environment at the county has become so toxic I have no desire to endure further abuse.”

…Flora said in his letter that he intends to “participate in the recall” of the supervisors, which “puts me in direct conflict with county government.”
The great people of Arizona need to stand up and demand the MCBOS be arrested for breaking the law if that indeed is the case. The ballots from this county should have been handed over to the County Treasurer weeks ago. What’s going on?
 

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GOP Ranking Members Demand Pelosi Explain Why She Refuses to Turn Over Documents on US Capitol Security and Why She Delayed National Guard Response for One Hour During Siege

By Jim Hoft
Published February 15, 2021 at 1:40pm

On Monday Republican Representatives Jim Jordan (R-OH), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rodney Davis (R-IL) and James Comer (R-KY) sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi on her failure to protect the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The four ranking members asked Speaker Pelosi to explain her decision to:
** Deny national guard support on January 4th
** What conversations did she or her staff give Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving specifit to January 6th?
** What response did you give security officials on January 6th when National Guard support was initially requested?
** Why are House Officers refusing to turn over documents relevant to that day?

The Republican lawmakers claim the hour-long delay in National Guard approval was because the sergeant-at-arms “had to run the request up the chain of command,” including Pelosi.

Republicans also note in their letter that Pelosi refused National Guard protection because the “optics” would be bad.

Pelosi delayed the request for the National Guard for an hour. Why was this?

So was this the reason Democrats folded on Saturday when Trump lawyers announced they would bring in Pelosi for questioning?


Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser also refused National Guard protection before January 6th.

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Here is the letter to Pelosi–
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Amistad Project Attorney: We’re Proving That Many Of Trump’s Claims Are True


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UPDATED 7:20 AM PT – Sunday, February 14, 2021

The Trump Impeachment Trial is finally coming to a close as legal challenges in the 2020 election continue on. White House Correspondent Jenn Pellegrino has some of the takeaway thus far.


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Why Won’t Georgia Legislature Investigate 2020 General Election Anomalies?

by CD Media StaffFebruary 15, 202148815
Second Installment – A Series On Georgia Election Integrity
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The Republican legislature in the state of Georgia has the power to find out what actually happened on Nov 3rd of last year. However, they don’t want to. That is completely obvious.

So we at CDMedia decided to lay out all the legislative election integrity issues in plain sight for the people to understand what their legislature is up to, or should I say, not up to.

Installment One
Here we go…

Speaker David Ralston formed a new Election Review Committee and tapped Barry Fleming to head it. In 2019, Fleming sponsored HB316 that legalized unverifiable voting accumulated from bar codes and allowed Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to purchase the Dominion Democracy Suite 5.5 system. The legislators who sponsored that bill were members of David Ralston’s leadership team.

The legislators were warned of future problems by hundreds of citizens who testified in legislative and SAFE Voting System Commission hearings as well as a VoterGA written recommendation report.

Senate Judiciary Sub Committee hearings and House Government Affairs hearings chaired by Sen. Ligon and Rep. Blackmon provided convincing facts & evidence of wrongdoing & cover-up: 12/3. (12/10, 12/30 – See VoterGA.org Events Tab)

There are at least four sworn affidavits from 20-year poll managers indicating they handled counterfeit ballots in the Fulton County audit as explained in the VoterGA Ballot Inspection lawsuit on Voterga.org Legal tab.

Republican leaders ignored hundreds of Georgians in public testimony.

There is visual evidence of illegal scanning ballots at State Farm Arena.

There are massive, inexplicable vote spikes in Fulton, DeKalb and other counties in both the Nov 3rd and Jan 5th election.

The Dominion voting systems failed to tabulate or operate correctly in several counties in both the Nov 3rd and Jan 5th elections.

There is evidence that the Dominion system flipped votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden in the November 3rd election.

Senate Majority leader Mike Dugan is announcing an omnibus election bill to correct the problems, however, the Senate leadership stripped chairmanships from Senators who wanted to investigate the counterfeit ballots and authorize forensic exams for Dominion voting systems that failed to tabulate results correctly.

House and Senate leaders who created the problems with HB316 now claim we should trust them to fix them. The leaders want to offer solutions to problems without investigating what the problems actually are. Now it’s their turn to act. The General Assembly should immediately instruct counties to allow forensic inspection of physical ballots and questionable Dominion election management systems and turn all evidence directly over to a federal or state grand jury for a REAL investigation. VoterGA has called on these legislators to do just that in a letter drafted to the leaders.
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The 2020-2021 Georgia Election Anomalies

by CD Media StaffFebruary 11, 2021633902
Announcing A Series On Georgia Election Integrity
Why Won’t Georgia Legislature Investigate 2020 General Election Anomalies?
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The potential election fraud in Georgia was massive during the U.S. general election on Nov 3rd. CDMedia has a team of reporters on the ground in the Peach State and we will be releasing a robust series of reports on what happened during the 2020 election and beyond. This article is specifically focused on election anomalies and not the actions prior to the poll by the GA Secretary of State who many believe illegally conspired with the Democrat Party to change election law without the knowledge of the state legislature, the only body entitled to do so by the GA Constitution. You can read more about that situation here.

Below we will walk through different election anomalies that occurred in the state on that date and the months afterward. We are going through this exercise in order to continue to educate the general public on what happened in Georgia, as the state appears to be ground zero in the conspiracy to deprive President Trump of a second term.

The battle for public opinion is key to reclaiming our Constitutional republic. We intend to fight the battle to reveal the truth, wherever it may land.

Fulton Nov 3rd Counterfeit Ballots

Arguably the most flagrant example of possible fake ballot manufacturing on behalf of Joe Biden may have occurred at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA [Fulton County]. The possible perpetrators were caught in flagrante delicto on surveillance video, wrote former Trump Trade Advisor Peter Navarro in The Immaculate Deception.

During the night of Nov 3rd, GOP monitors were told scanning was complete for the evening in the large arena where ballots were being counted for Fulton County. Once the room was cleared of Republican monitors, Democrat operatives pulled suitcases of ballots from under the tables and began running them through the machines multiple times. This all occurred in the dead of night when they thought no one was watching (the surveillance cameras were watching).

Shockingly, there was no investigation by the Secretary of State, Department of Justice or Georgia officials. In multiple polling places in Georgia, GOP poll watchers were forced to stand long distances from the actual ballot counting, preventing any Republican from effectively ensuring the ballots were real and should be counted.

Estimates are that tens of thousands of ballots were illegally processed during this ‘midnight’ operation.

The ‘spin’ of this criminal activity from the Left included claims the GOP monitors ‘left on their own’, which is absurd and unbelievable .

This escapade still deserves to be fully investigated by a Federal grand jury.

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Dekalb County Jan 5 Vote Spike

During the night of Jan 5th, as soon as Dekalb County votes were slowly being ‘counted’, or ‘created’, a large spike for the Democrat candidates happened in a similar manner to what happened in the middle of the night on November 3rd in battleground states for Joe Biden. It seems Dekalb County may have injected counterfeit ballots that resulted in roughly an 80,000 to 12,000 initial advantage for the U.S. Senate Democrat candidates.

In addition, it appears they had ‘election leverage’ and slowed the vote count to see how many ballots needed to be added to ensure Democrat control of the U.S. Senate. “Due to technical issues, the remaining 19,000 ballots must be manually scanned in order to be tabulated and added to the total vote count,” Erica Hamilton, the county’s voter registration and elections director, said in a statement, reported The Washington Times.

“Due to technical issues, the remaining 19,000 ballots must be manually scanned in order to be tabulated and added to the total vote count,” Erica Hamilton, the county’s voter registration and elections director, said in a statement, reported The Washington Times.

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“Georgia’s voting system provides built-in safeguards, in the form of paper ballots that allow us to quickly process ballots that are electronically cast.”

Ms. Hamilton said the manual scanning “will be completed as quickly as possible.”

At the least, this needs to be independently investigated. No one has done so.

Coffee County Nov 3rd Recount Failures

In Coffee County, GA, election officials could not recreate the Nov 3rd election night numbers during the mandatory recount in December of 2020, as the machines produced different numbers each time they attempted a recount.

Coffee County election officials refused to certify the electronic recount earlier this week, citing irreconcilable anomalies with the voting machine results in a letter to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, reported WALB in Douglas, GA in early December of last year.

“Any system, financial, voting, or otherwise, that is not repeatable nor dependable should not be used. To demand certification of patently inaccurate results neither serves the objective of the electoral system nor satisfies the legal obligation to certify the electronic recount,” the letter says.

Along with the letter, Coffee County elections officials also sent Raffenserger’s office a document that “illuminates that the electronic recount lacks credibility.” Election officials also said that no election board has the ability to “reconcile the anomalies” that are shown in that document.

Ware County – Nov 3, 37 Vote Swap & False “Fact Checkers”

In Ware County, GA, election officials’ audit report of the Dominion System found votes were switched from Trump to Biden.

An elections expert alleged that the Dominion tabulating machine flipped votes from President Donald Trump to Democratic candidate Joe Biden in Ware County. It was estimated that the percentage of mis-applied votes, if distributed across the rest of the state, would be slightly greater than Biden’s lead over Trump, reported The Tennessee Star.

An email from Ware County Elections Supervisor Carlos Nelson, confirming that the audit discovered 37 votes that were incorrectly assigned to Biden instead of Trump.

“We did find that they had flipped votes – we didn’t have to obtain the machine to figure that out. The hand count showed that they had flipped votes somewhere in that county,” said the head of VoterGA.org in early December last year.

Favorito was prevented from testifying at the first hearing of the GA State Senate into the election irregularities in December.

“My testimony would’ve exposed the Secretary of State of Georgia, the Elections Director of Georgia, and the legal counsel of Georgia all for wrongdoing,” Favorito said. “And, being an independent, I expose corruption on both sides of the political spectrum.”

Floyd County – Nov 3 Tabulation Failure

In Floyd County, over 2,500 ballots were found uncounted after the Nov 3rd system failure that occurred somewhere in the adjudication process.

Guess what? Lo and behold, they found some more votes that, for some unknown reason, hadn’t been counted in one county. Guess who most of those votes were for? If you guessed President Donald Trump, you win the prize, reported Red State.

Turns out that Floyd County apparently failed to count 2,631 votes. The votes were cast during early voting.

According to Coosavalley News, of 2,631 votes that hadn’t been counted, it appeared that between 1,600 and 1,900 were cast for President Trump.


Fulton County – Jan 5 Tabulation Failures

Again, in Fulton County on Jan 5th, tabulation failures were found after the results were certified.

During the November 3rd election’s recount, Real America’s Voice reporter Heather Mullins captured video at the World Congress Center where single individuals were scanning and adjudicating ballots without Republican observers. Screens were all facing away from media pen. No observers were allowed within 6’ so they could determine whether or not counterfeit ballots were being scanned.

During the November 3rd election’s hand count audit at the World Congress Center there was no dual control by representatives of each opposing campaign or candidate. A single individual entered all hand count tallies into the controversial ARLO system without monitoring of the data entry.

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Any sane, intellectually honest person would have to conclude from the above that a full investigation should be conducted on what happened in GA from Nov 3rd to today, where officials are still stonewalling independent analysis of ballots and machines.

Our series will answer the question why Georgia election officials did not investigate these obvious, concerning irregularities.

More on voter issues in GA can be found at VoterGA.org.
 

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IO Episode 15 – Interview With GA Election Expert Garland Favorito Of VoterGA.org

by CD Media StaffFebruary 15, 20210344
What The Hell Is Wrong In Georgia?
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Garland Favorito of VoterGA.org tell our audience what is wrong in the Peach State and what is being done about it.

Rumble video on website 20:33 min
 

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Previous Study on AccuVote Voting Machines Like Those Used in New Hampshire Found Serious Flaws and Ability to Steal Votes with Little Risk of Detection

By Jim Hoft
Published February 15, 2021 at 4:41pm
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The Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine

A recent hand recount in the Rockingham District 7 NH House Race in Windham, New Hampshire, found that the Dominion-owned voting machines shorted EVERY REPUBLICAN by roughly 300 votes.


Via Facebook

The Dominion machine counted results were wrong for all 4 Republicans in Windham by almost exactly 300 votes or roughly 6% of their votes.

Granite Grok reported:

The Town of Windham used Dominion machines to count paper ballots and upon a believable hand recount, it was confirmed each Republican was machine-cheated out of roughly 300 votes.
You would think this would have been solved by the Dominion machine company, the Secretary of State, the Elections Unit of the AG’s Office, or the laughable Ballot Law Commission. (Kathy Sullivan, d (Term expires July 1, 2024)
Nope.
Just like every other state that used machines that alter ballot counts in favor of one political party over another – here we are.
Dominion Voting Systems owns the intellectual property of the AccuVote machines used in New Hampshire.

This should not be a surprise.

A previous study found that the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machines are highly unreliable and susceptible to fraud.

From reader Bryan:
I saw your article. I knew that a single random voting district in New Hampshire was going to be analyzed, “to prove that there had not been any voting improprieties.” It was a promise made to a Republican poll watcher. That was in December. I did not know which one would be studied or when but I knew that they were going to look at a Dominion AccuVote machine. So I tried to find if anyone had ever examined the machines previously. Pay dirt! I’m still waiting to see if the state of New Hampshire will disclose the machine model and vintage year of manufacture, but here is what I found. I think you will find it interesting. The researchers have quite a pedigree.
A study performed on the Diebold AAccuVote-TS machines in 2006 found that the voting machines were able to easily steal votes. Anyone who has physical access to a voting machine, or to a memory card that will later be inserted into a machine, can install said malicious software using a simple method that takes as little as one minute.

MAIN FINDINGS
The main findings of our study are:
  1. Malicious software running on a single voting machine can steal votes with little risk of detection. The malicious software can modify all of the records, audit logs, and counters kept by the voting machine, so that even careful forensic examination of these records will find nothing amiss. We have constructed demonstration software that carries out this vote-stealing attack.
  2. Anyone who has physical access to a voting machine, or to a memory card that will later be inserted into a machine, can install said malicious software using a simple method that takes as little as one minute. In practice, poll workers and others often have unsupervised access to the machines.
  3. AccuVote-TS machines are susceptible to voting-machine viruses—computer viruses that can spread malicious software automatically and invisibly from machine to machine during normal pre- and post-election activity. We have constructed a demonstration virus that spreads in this way, installing our demonstration vote-stealing program on every machine it infects. Our demonstration virus spreads via the memory cards that poll workers use to transfer ballots and election results, so it propagates even if the machines are not networked.
  4. While some of these problems can be eliminated by improving Diebold’s software, others cannot be remedied without replacing the machines’ hardware. Changes to election procedures would also be required to ensure security.
The details of our analysis appear below, in the main body of this paper.
 

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Group “Our Vote Matters” Is Suing Facebook, Dominion, Mark Zuckerberg, Certain State Officials, Others for Infringing Upon Right to Vote, Assemble and Speak Freely – You Can Join Too

By Joe Hoft
Published February 15, 2021 at 6:23pm


The group “Our Vote Matters” is suing Facebook, Dominion Voting Systems, Mark Zuckerberg, certain state officials, and others for infringing upon our right to vote, assemble and speak freely. You can join them too.

AMERICANS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY FILE $160 BILLION CLASS-ACTION CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT AGAINST DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS, ZUCKERBERG, FACEBOOK, ELECTED OFFICIALS AND OTHERS

Voters from multiple states have filed a class-action lawsuit against Dominion Voting Systems, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, his wife, Priscilla Chan, individual state officials, and others for $160 billion.

“It doesn’t matter for whom you voted,” say the Plaintiffs, who filed the suit in federal district court in Denver, Colorado, “The Defendants have infringed upon the rights of every registered voter in America.”

The lawsuit, filed on December 22, 2020, alleges that Dominion Voting Systems burdened the equal protection and due process rights of all voters in the 2020 presidential election. The Plaintiffs contend that Dominion’s voting machines do not record the vote expressed by the voter, are associated with known risks of hacking and high error rates that can cause vote changes, do not produce a convincing public record, and are unable to be effectively audited to ensure results.

The suit also claims that Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, improperly funneled over $400 million dollars through Defendant, Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), to pay ballot harvesters, fund illegal drop-boxes, deputize and pay political activists to manage ballots, and remunerate local election officials to recruit other cities and counties to apply for the “grants” offered by CTCL.

As outlined in the 84 page complaint, Zuckerberg and Chan unconstitutionally used their enormous wealth to become “inextricably woven” in the presidential election process—while Facebook was actively censoring its users for sharing information on election fraud. The Plaintiffs have also filed a constitutional challenge to Facebook’s application of Section 230, as a shield against liability.

Unlike other election lawsuits, this case names four governors, three secretaries of state and the members of the Wisconsin Election Commission specifically in their personal, rather than professional capacity. As cited in the Complaint, the Supreme Court held in ex parte Young that “a state actor who violates federal law is in that case stripped of his official or representative character and is subjected in his person to the consequences of his individual conduct.”

The Plaintiffs allege that the Defendants have “damaged the reputation of the country, violated the civil rights of hundreds of millions of people, caused incalculable financial loss due to lack of productivity and mental anguish, destroyed the people’s faith in their government and elected officials, caused massive internal strife inside the United States and, among many other things, increased the risks of civil war, and other violent and uncivil behavior.”

In the end, the Plaintiffs, who describe themselves as “a class of similarly situated persons,” request the “nominal amount of $1,000 per registered voter equaling damages in the approximate amount of $160 Billion.”

“Our goal is free and fair elections,” assert the Plaintiffs, “To accomplish this we must hold those who engage in election interference accountable for their individual behavior.”

For information about the lawsuit, contributing, or viewing a copy of the Complaint, go to https://www.dominionclassaction.com.

Otherwise, you can follow the case at Docket for O'Rourke v. Dominion Voting Systems, Inc., 1:20-cv-03747 - CourtListener.com

Here is a video with an explanation of the case:
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What Did Pelosi Know, & When? Bipartisan Support Builds For 9/11-Style Commission On Capitol Riot

MONDAY, FEB 15, 2021 - 21:30
Via Planet Free Will News,
Bipartisan support for a 9/11-style commission to further investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has grown bipartisan support with lawmakers urging such a body to get to the root cause of the events that day.

“I’d like to know, did the Capitol Hill police inform the House sergeant at arms and the Senate sergeant at arms the day before the attack that they needed more troops?” Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News on Sunday after mentioning he believed there was a preplanned element to the highly publicized actions that took place.
We need to look at did Nancy Pelosi know on January 5 that there was a threat to the Capitol...
What did President Trump do after the attack...
We need a 9/11 commission to find out what happened and make sure it never happens again, and I want to make sure that the Capitol footprint can be better defended next time,” he continued.
Graham would add that the preplanned element had no connection to former president Donald Trump’s speech during a rally earlier that day.

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Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy, who unlike Graham, voted to convict the former president during the impeachment trial, also called for a 9/11-style commission, telling ABC over the weekend that “there should be a complete investigation about what happened.”
I think there should be a complete investigation about what happened on Jan. 6. Why was there not more law enforcement, National Guard already mobilized, what was known, who knew it, and when they knew it, all that, because that builds the basis so this never happens again in the future,” Cassidy said.
On the other side of the aisle, Democrat Senator Dennis Coons also vocalized support for such a commission, telling ABC “there’s still more evidence that the American people need and deserve to hear.”
A 9/11 commission is a way that we make sure that we secure the Capitol going forward and that we lay bare the record of just how responsible and how abjectly violating of his constitutional oath president Trump really was,” Coons said on Sunday.
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Democrat House impeachment manager Rep. Madeleine Dean also appeared on the same ABC news program Sunday, saying:
“Of course, there must be a full commission and impartial commission, not guided by politics, but filled with people who would stand up to the courage of their conviction, like Dr. Cassidy.”
The growing calls for the commission preceded the failure of the Senate to obtain the 67-vote threshold to convict Trump on inciting an insurrection as charged in the House’s article of impeachment.

A 9/11-style commission is in reference to the bipartisan body set up in the wake of the collapse of the 3 World Trade Center buildings in New York in 2001. The commission’s goal was to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11 attacks.
 

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Blumenthal: We Need 9/11 Type Commission to Stop Future ‘Would-Be Trump Tyrants’

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Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Beat” that an independent commission investigation into the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol would help to stop any future “would-be Trump tyrants.”

Blumenthal said, “We need to reverse the rising tide of extremist violence in this country. The mob that Donald Trump mobilized was armed. The Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police recovered firearms on that day. That mob is still out there and still dangerous, and part of the reason that I believe we need a 9/11 commission, that type of commission. I’m drafting a bill that I hope will be bipartisan, to uncover the causes and impose accountability, and provide more protection against that kind of a mob, that violent extremism.”

He added, “There’s a need for more truth-telling. There’s a need for more facts. That’s why a 9/11 type commission will be important to uncover the larger causes, the individuals who should be held had accountable, and as you have said, an unsuccessful coup attempt without accountably is a dress rehearsal. The would-be Trump tyrants waiting to mobilize that mob again must be stopped.”

[COMMENT: This will be a "show trial" on all Trump supporters "the mob." It will be used to justify crack downs on First, Second and Fourth Amendment rights.]
 

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Judicial Watch Sues Capitol Police for Riot Emails and Video from January 6

By Jim Hoft
Published February 16, 2021 at 1:45pm

Judicial Watch is suing the Capitol Police for riot related emails and video from January 6 rioting at the US Capitol.

This comes after the Capitol Police told Judicial Watch the requested information was no public records and they did not need to turn it over.

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch announced Tuesday that it filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Capitol Police seeking for emails and videos concerning the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 (Judicial Watch v. United States Capitol Police) 1:21-cv-00401.

Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit under the common law right of access to public records after the Capitol Police refused to provide any records in response to a January 21, 2021 request for:
  • Email communications between the U.S. Capitol Police Executive Team and the Capitol Police Board concerning the security of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The timeframe of this request is from January 1, 2021 through January 10, 2021.
  • Email communications of the Capitol Police Board with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concerning the security of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The timeframe of this request is from January 1, 2021through January 10, 2021.
  • All video footage from within the Capitol between 12 pm and 9 pm on January 6, 2021
MASSIVE: Judicial Watch SUES Capitol Police for Emails, Video Tied To Riot!
The public has a right to know about how…
Posted by Tom Fitton on Tuesday, February 16, 2021
 

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Maricopa County Continues To Block Ariz. Senate

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UPDATED 6:16 AM PT – Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Maricopa County and the Arizona state Senate remain at a stalemate over the election audit in Arizona. The county is now requesting an injunction to try to block the Senate from investigating claims of election fraud.

One America’s Christina Bobb spoke with State GOP Rep. Mark Finchem and has more from Washington.

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Maricopa County Continues To Block Ariz. Senate

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UPDATED 6:16 AM PT – Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Maricopa County and the Arizona state Senate remain at a stalemate over the election audit in Arizona. The county is now requesting an injunction to try to block the Senate from investigating claims of election fraud.

One America’s Christina Bobb spoke with State GOP Rep. Mark Finchem and has more from Washington.

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At this point it's pretty much an admission that "something is off".
 

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Sen. Johnson: Capitol Breach Didn't Seem Like An "Armed Insurrection" To Me

TUESDAY, FEB 16, 2021 - 11:19
Authored by Janita Kan via The Epoch Times,

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said on Monday that he doesn’t think the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol was an “armed insurrection,” while pointing out that the Democrat’s rhetoric was hypocritical.

Johnson made the comments during an appearance on the radio talk show 1130 WISN where he told host Jay Weber that while he thinks the violence at the Capitol was reprehensible, he doesn’t believe the narrative pushed by the Democrats and the media was entirely accurate.

He underscored that the violence was perpetrated by “groups of agitators,” not the tens of thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump.
“The hundreds of thousands of people that attend those Trump rallies, those are the people that love this country. They never would have done what happened on Jan. 6,” Johnson said. “That is a group of people that love freedom. That is a group of people … we need to unify and keep on our side.”
Johnson acknowledged that unacceptable behavior played out on Jan. 6. He condemned the conduct of the rioters but also took issue with the Democrats’ characterization of the event by calling it an “armed” insurrection.
When you hear the word ‘armed,’ don’t you think of firearms? Here’s the questions I would have liked to ask—how many firearms were confiscated? How many shots were fired? I’m only aware of one, and I’ll defend that law enforcement officer for taking that shot. It was a tragedy, but I think there was only one,” Johnson said.
“If that was a planned armed insurrection, man, you had really a bunch of idiots,” he added.
Johnson, who has been frequently targeted by the media for being a vocal supporter of the former president, said that he and his colleagues were aware of the hypocrisy surrounding the Senate impeachment trial and the criticism against former President Donald Trump.

He said Trump and other Republicans received “attacks” and scrutiny for doing things that were previously done by Democrats.
“To my mind, while the house managers are making their case … okay you’re accusing Donald Trump of all this stuff, but what about Hillary Clinton telling [President Joe] Biden … never to concede the race, you know. How about all the folks that, you know, never condemned the [Black Lives Matter] and Antifa peaceful protest turned to riots that burned down dozens of buildings in Racine,” Johnson said, adding that some of these lawmakers were supportive of the “defund the police” movement.
“So you’re sitting in that trial, you’re listening to all this, and you understand, it’s just dripping with hypocrisy.”
He also added that the House impeachment managers’ arguments were easily dismantled by Trump lawyers because they did not address the core questions of the trial and took quotes and footage out of context. He also criticized the impeachment prosecutors for allegedly doctoring evidence and selectively editing footage, accusations that Trump lawyers brought up during the trial. Democrats have denied the allegations.

The Wisconsin senator said that while he learned new details about the Jan. 6 incidents from the House’s case, there were still many unanswered questions from the day that Americans would like to know. He added that he has sent letters to the Sergeant at Arms of both the House and the Senate and has not received any responses.

Several House Republican leaders on Monday sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asking for information about what she knew about the breach prior to Jan. 6.

Lawmakers have indicated that they would like a 9/11-style commission to probe into the Jan. 6 incident in order to prevent it from happening in the future. Pelosi on Monday expressed commitment to establishing such a commission.
 

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Fulton County board votes to fire elections director in Georgia

by Mica Soellner, Breaking News Reporter |
February 16, 2021 12:07 PM

Fulton County voted on Tuesday to fire its elections director after a tumultuous 2020 presidential election and two Senate runoff contests.

The Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections voted 3-2 on Tuesday in favor of firing Richard Barron, who has held the post since 2013, despite pleas from the election chief's staff, who wrote a letter in support of their boss, according to WABE, Atlanta's local NPR affiliate.

“The person who is responsible for our success, the County’s success amid all of this, is current Director Richard Barron who has shown his ability to guide, motivate, steer and maintain the course of integrity, honesty, and fairness,” the staff wrote in a letter to the board.

Jessica Corbitt, a county spokeswoman, said the acting county attorney is reviewing whether Fulton County commissioners would need to ratify the elections board’s choice to fire Barron, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Fulton County is the largest county in Georgia, containing most of Atlanta and a population of about 1 million people. It was also a focus of election fraud claims by former President Donald Trump and his allies following President Biden's victory in the historically red state. Multiple counts and audits turned up no widespread discrepancies in the contest.

Aaron Johnson, a Democratic appointee to the board, said removing Barron leaves the elections department in an unfortunate situation, adding that the move to terminate Barron will "cause chaos."

Kathleen Ruth, a Republican, supported the move to fire Barron, citing the need for new leadership after last year's contentious presidential election. “This is not political. This is a bipartisan vote,” Ruth said. “The department needs new leadership that can take Fulton to the next level, modernizing the elections process, making the county’s elections system more accurate and cost-effective and efficient."

Vernetta Keith Nuriddin, the other Democrat on the board, sided with her GOP colleagues in voting to fire Barron. Nuriddin said she was happy with Barron's decision to expand mail-in voting but felt there were too many problems in elections in recent years that could not be overlooked.

“My decision was not based on 2020′s election, but 2017, 2018,” Nuriddin said. “We have just consistent, continual issues around the absentee ballot process.”

The county made headlines during the June primary, with reports of long lines, a COVID-19 outbreak among election workers, and problems with voting machines. Barron called the primary the "single worst day" of his career. Following the presidential contest, Barron dismissed allegations, including by Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, that officials seen in surveillance video from State Farm Arena in Atlanta used secret "suitcases" of fraudulent votes to ensure that Biden won the Peach State.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is conducting a criminal inquiry into whether Trump and his allies broke state laws by trying to overturn Georgia's election results.
 

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Fulton Country Director of Elections, Richard Barron, Is Removed From Office – Will They Now Ensure a Valid Audit on Their 2020 Results? Americans Want the Truth!

By Joe Hoft
Published February 16, 2021 at 5:04pm


Just the News reports today:
Georgia’s Fulton County’s Board of Registration and Elections voted Tuesday in favor of removing its election director following a mistake-marred and disputed 2020 election cycle.
The board removed Director Richard Barron in a 3-2 vote, according to 11alive.com.

Problems with balloting in the county emerged in the June primaries and resurfaced in the November General Election when incumbent President Trump narrowly lost the state to Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
The county’s efforts were criticized by the state and the Trump campaign, which argued the results were tainted by voter fraud.
A similar vote against Barron was held last week but ruled invalid because it was taken in an executive, or private, session, 11alive.com also reports.
Dr. Kathleen Ruth, Mark Wingate, two Republicans, and board vice chair Vernetta Keith Nuriddin, a Democrat, voted to remove Barron.
Board Chairperson Mary Carole Cooney and Aaron Johnson, two Democrats, voted to retain him.
Barron was on TV a lot after the 2020 election. He was even quoted as saying that no one was told to leave the Atlanta State Farm Arena on Election Night. He shared this when news of the fake water main break was released and the suspected election fraud occurred late at night by poll counters after all the poll observers went home.


Individuals present at the arena Election night signed affidavits saying that they were told to go home that evening. Baron never signed an agreement stating that they were not told to go home.

It’s no surprise that Baron is gone, now will the Fulton County Board bring in an auditor to review every ballot in the county to ensure every ballot was free of fraud and only valid ballots were counted?
 

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With impeachment over, Donald Trump MUST reengage in the voter fraud scandal

There are voices on both sides of the aisle calling on President Trump to "move on" and focus on the future. But there are three important reasons this would be a mistake. He needs to bring forth the truth about voter fraud because every effort on his behalf has been quashed.

by JD Rucker
February 16, 2021


With impeachment over, Donald Trump MUST reengage in the voter fraud scandal



The left wants President Trump to be convicted of… something. Anything. They’re desperate to place the blame for everything bad that has happened under his watch and everything that will happen under Joe Biden’s watch. If that were the whole story, Donald Trump would have plenty of incentive to reengage in the sharing of information regarding massive voter fraud in the 2020 election.

But that’s not the whole story. It gets worse. Many on the right are pushing for him to move on and focus on the midterm and 2024 elections. They want him to either fade into the shadows or actively engage in Republican politics. Those are the semi-patriotic but feckless leaders of the GOP who still want to ride his coattails, and as semi-despicable as they are, they’re not the worst side of the Republican Party. The Mitch McConnells and Adam Kinzingers of the party are even worse as they side with the Democrats in wanting Donald Trump’s head on a platter.

In the latest episode of NOQ Report, I dove into three important reasons Trump must ignore calls to move on and instead use his post-impeachment time to finally get the word out about voter fraud. The first reason is very simple. Tens of millions of Americans simply do not know.

They listened to mainstream media, Big Tech, Democrats, the Deep State, The Swamp in general and the Uniparty Establishment Democrats and Republicans in particular as this cabal pushed the narrative that voter fraud didn’t happen. It did. Most Trump-supporters know this, but only because they’re reading sites like this and others who are telling the truth.

The lie that voter fraud was tried in court has spread to the masses. It was never truly tried in court. It wasn’t reported on by most in the media. Those who did not actively seek the thousands of affidavits, dozens of videos, or dozens of statistical analyses that demonstrate widespread voter fraud likely believe it’s a conspiracy theory that has been debunked. Despite efforts by Mike Lindell, Patrick Byrne, and a handful of truly conservative media outlets, the message was not widely received. Only Donald Trump can get that message out properly now.

The second reason is less obvious. Ask a thousand Trump-supporters if there’s any chance of fixing the election results to properly reflect the will of the people and 997 will say no. Some lost hope in December. Others fell off after January 6th. The remnant that still held onto hope likely gave up on January 20. But there’s still an opportunity for Donald Trump and possibly others to expose voter fraud in a court of law and challenge the authority by which Joe Biden was named president. A Writ of Quo Warranto is the perfect vehicle for this. Most are not pushing it, but we continue to seek those who will take up the mantle, those who have standing to demonstrate grievance caused by voter fraud. If a Writ of Quo Warranto is filed and works its way up the judicial ladder, we truly do have an opportunity to have our day in court.

Last but not least, getting the truth out about voter fraud would help Donald Trump prepare for whatever he has planned in the future, whether that’s as a powerful activist or a future run for president. Whether he addresses the issue or not, it will be attached to everything he says and does. Media and his opposition will use terms like “baseless” and “debunked” to categorize his past claims of voter fraud. If he wants to stay in politics, it behooves him to explain to the American people why he believes so adamantly that the election was stolen. Whether they agree or not, presenting a mountain of evidence can demonstrate that his claims were not baseless and that they’ve never been debunked.

We have entered into the fading-memory phase of post-election politics. Even many in conservative media are starting to pretend like there was no voter fraud that took place. Some are acknowledging it was there but not widespread. Others admit it was widespread but add the asterisk that it wasn’t enough to sway the results of the election. It’s necessary for Donald Trump to show voter fraud happened, it was definitely widespread, and it almost certainly changes the results in at least six states, perhaps more.

The safe play for Donald Trump is to move on. Regroup. Accept defeat and try again. But the righteous move would be to stand tall and expose to the world what he knows about an election that was stolen from him and the American people.

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BREAKING: Capitol Rioter paid $70,000 for footage capturing Ashlee Babbitt Shooting

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Known terrorist John Sullivan's attorney's introduced evidence showing that Sullivan was paid a combined $70k for the murder footage, the day of the violent riot at the Capitol

[COMMENT: Steve is a regular restreamer and commentator from months of the ANTIFA/BLM riots. He has been following John Sullivan for months. Although charged with 7 felonies from the Capitol riots, the judge has allowed him bail and keeps allowing him to violate terms of bail and to block him from social media. He runs an organization called Insurgence USA, but keeps claiming he is a videographer. CNN paid him 6th day of Jan. $35,000. NBC paid $35,000 for footage at the Capitol.

The judge ordered Sullivan stay in home detention but be taken off 24 hour ankle monitor and just have his internet monitored by probation. He is not to incite violent insurrection and cease involvement in Insurgence USA. See 24:40 for a video of Sullivan doing an instruction video for kitting out for Black Bloc riots. His company sold the equipment. ]
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Steve points out the right hand corner of this poster says "Insurgence USA"
 
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The Capitol Hill Riot Was Pelosi’s Fault, Not Trump’s
Why couldn’t Congress’ private police force of 2,000 protect it from a mob of hundreds?

Fri Jan 15, 2021
Daniel Greenfield


Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

The Capitol Police have over 2,000 sworn officers. A police force dedicated to protecting Capitol Hill has more personnel in its service than the police forces of most of the country.

Congress' private cops are the 19th largest police force in the country. It’s a larger force than the police forces of Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, or Milwaukee with a massive $460 million budget.

It’s the only legislative federal force in the country that is answerable exclusively to Congress.
While Democrats advocated defunding the police, their private police force budget shot up from $375 million in 2016 to $460 million in 2020. After the Capitol Hill riot, expect it to go higher.

Much higher.

The media claimed that the Capitol Police were overwhelmed by a massive riot. Except that the number of violent rioters was, at most, in the hundreds, while the Capitol Police could deploy a force the size that protects entire cities to protect a few buildings from hundreds of people.

Media narratives have blamed President Trump for not calling out the National Guard, but the military should not have been needed to supplement a police force as big as those of Atlanta or Denver, but was not tied down with an entire city to police, and really only had one simple job.

And it catastrophically failed at that one job.

When Black Lives Matter rioters, incited by Democrats and the media, besieged the White House, 60 members of the Secret Service’s Uniformed Division were injured holding the line while President Trump and his family were taken to a bunker. 11 members of the Service were hospitalized due to the violence of the BLM riot that Democrats falsely claimed was peaceful.

Much of the heavy lifting was done by the Park Police, another one of the innumerable mini police forces swarming the city, which has only 641 sworn officers spread across three cities.

65 Park Police officers were wounded in the BLM riots and 11 had to be hospitalized.

This roughly matches the 60 Capitol Police and 58 D.C. cops injured in the Capitol riot.

Attorney General Barr listed a figure of 150 officers injured in total in the BLM riots in D.C.
That puts the lie to the false Democrat claim that those riots were peaceful and these weren’t.

The only objective metric for measuring what is and isn’t a riot is the amount of violence involved. Both sets of riots targeted a center of government, the White House for BLM and Capitol Hill for the alt-right, and the BLM riot was objectively more destructive.

In the Capitol riot, Brian Sicknick, a pro-Trump veteran, was struck on the head, suffered a brain clot and died. During the BLM riots, law enforcement officers suffered concussions. None died, but that’s a matter of luck, not restraint on the part of BLM thugs using clubs and bricks.

Despite the heavy toll on the injured officers from the Secret Service and the Park Police, Democrats and the media falsely accused both forces of violently assaulting “peaceful protesters”. Instead of condemning the violence which included bricks, bottles, fireworks, and bodily fluids being thrown at law enforcement officers, Democrats formed a lynch mob.

Rep. Grijalva demanded that White House fencing come down and that the head of the Park Police come down to testify. The Park Police were attacked for using tear gas. The Washington Post assailed a Secret Service officer for using mace against a BLM rioter attacking him.

Unlike the Capitol Police, the Park Police and the Secret Service did not kill a single BLM rioter despite provocations and bodily injuries. The same can’t be said of Congress’ keystone cops who managed to kill an unarmed woman who was not physically assaulting them at the time.

During the BLM riots, Democrats and their media considered mace against a violent assailant an overreaction, but think that shooting an unarmed woman who was not attacking anyone to be an underreaction proving that it’s not about policing, but that leftist lives matters, others don’t.

But the tactical question is why the Capitol rioters got into Congress and the BLM rioters never made it inside the White House. Intruders have gotten into the White House before, but the Secret Service and the Park Police kept the violent racist mob from getting through.

The White House has better security, but the question is why is Congress’ security so bad?

It’s not for a lack of money or manpower. The Capitol Police force is ridiculously huge. It has a massive budget. But it also has virtually no oversight except from a corrupt congressional system. The last time anyone paid attention to the Capitol Police, they were bungling the Awan investigation under pressure from Congressional Democrats. But that’s what the ‘Caps’ are for.

The Capitol Police are a patronage force. Things have improved since the days when joining meant knowing the right people. But not by that much. The level of professionalism of the various D.C. forces is fairly low, and the Capitol Police are notorious as the worst of them.

There’s very little oversight of the Capitol Police whose leadership is notorious for ignoring information requests and complaints. The massive force answers to Congress and it acts less like a police force than as bodyguards for a fairly corrupt organization with no accountability.

But that’s what it is.

When the FBI raided Rep. William ‘Cold Cash’ Jefferson’s office, there was outrage and Rep. Nancy Pelosi signed on to a statement demanding that the feds return the papers that they had “unconstitutionally” seized from the corrupt Dem’s office. The issue at stake was the FBI, which answers to the executive, was not supposed to operate on Capitol Hill and on Pelosi’s turf.

"Not anyone here is above the law," Pelosi argued. But that was exactly the point. Congress had its own private police and the FBI was not supposed to set foot in her domain.

Now, Pelosi is complaining that the executive didn’t dispatch a force quickly enough to her aid.

President Trump, despite false claims by Democrats and the media, did not tell anyone to attack Congress. Like Pelosi and other Democrats, he supported political protests. The violence began while President Trump was giving his speech and had nothing to do with his words.

It was up to Congress and its private police force to secure the premises and stop the violence.

The Capitol Police failed badly where the Secret Service and the Park Police had prevailed against BLM’s attack on the White House. They failed in ways that are baffling and inexcusable.

The most obvious problem is that some Capitol Police appeared to allow many of the protesters inside. Why this happened is a subject of heated debate, but the range of possibilities include an environment where leftist protesters storming and occupying Capitol Hill had been normalized, sympathy by the police, provocation by some higher authority, or miscommunication. All of this reflects badly on Congress and on its private police force.

The Capitol Police had the manpower and the budget to secure Congress. And there’s no excuse why Congress could not and should not have been secured. There was no brilliant strategy here. And the Capitol Police, despite being praised as heroes, behaved ineptly and showed no coherent plan, some trying to deescalate, while others lashed out violently.

These mixed messages may have been due to the Black Lives Matter effect, a successor to the Ferguson Effect, which left many police officers afraid to resist criminals for fear of losing their jobs and even going to jail. When the White House came under attack, Attorney General Barr and national security officials rallied law enforcement personnel to make a strong stand.

When Capitol Hill came under siege, there was no congressional leadership to respond to it.

Instead of taking command of the situation, House members panicked, squabbled, and let their private police flail with the situation while they hid away. The sharp contrast between President Trump and Attorney General Barr in Lafayette Square, and members of Congress waiting for their police force to protect them isn’t just ideological. It’s a basic question of crisis leadership.

Democrats and the media falsely claimed that what happened in Lafayette Square was a photo op for which peaceful protesters were gassed, but it’s how you show leadership in a riot.

Congress waited for their private police force to protect them whose members knew that whatever happened, they would be blamed for overreacting or underreacting to the protest by a leadership that doesn’t understand what they do and is sacrificing them to cover its asses.

President Trump, AG Barr, and administration officials gave clear orders to federal law enforcement to stand their ground. Administration officials then protected officers from the fallout as the same Democrats howling for the heads of Capitol rioters were howling for the heads of Secret Service and Park Police leaders who were holding back the hordes of racist BLM rioters.

Capitol Police members had no sense that Pelosi or that members of Congress were behind them. They were operating in a BLMized law enforcement environment in which violent attacks against police and timid responses to them by the authorities had been normalized. They had no clear orders, they were divided by their own political sympathies and by internal politics.

The Capitol riot should have been just another stressful encounter that would have been contained at the expense of injuring some officers and rioters without breaching Congress.

The media has constructed a false narrative in which the White House overreacted to BLM and underreacted to the Capitol riot. But it wasn’t the White House’s job to protect Congress. That’s why Congress has a force of 2,300 people and a $460 million budget with just one job to do.

The question of why it failed at that job ought to be directed to Pelosi and congressional leaders.

The Capitol riot is Pelosi’s disaster and she’s making the most of it by blaming it on everyone else. Her private police force had the resources and the people to keep out the Visigoths, never mind a few hundred people, and instead turned what should have been a riot into a disaster.

Whether that was intentional or not is a question that pits Hanlon’s Razor “never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity” against Washington D.C. cynicism.

But there is little question that Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats have massively profited from their mismanagement, initiating proposals to impeach President Trump, expel legislators, purge Republicans from social media platforms, and to cut off corporate donations to them.

While the media propaganda blares non-stop, heads are quietly rolling at the Capitol Police, but don’t expect that to do anything except lower morale and water down the force even further.

Meanwhile the party of police defunding will see to it that the Capitol Police budget tops those of most major cities, that its ranks continue to swell, and that it remains as incompetent as ever.

And then the next disaster in Congress will also be blamed on someone who isn’t in Congress.
Why couldn’t Congress’ private police force of 2,000 protect it from a mob of hundreds? Don’t ask Congress. Just pay the $460 million, cry over the headlines, and keep your mouth shut.
 

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THIS RAISES SERIOUS RED FLAGS: CNN and NBC Paid Black Lives Matter Leader John Sullivan $35,000 a Piece for His US Capitol Riot Footage

By Jim Hoft
Published February 16, 2021 at 10:22pm
Antifa-Black Lives Matter leader John Sullivan
Antifa-Insurgence leader John Earl Sullivan was arrested in Utah after the US Capitol riots.
As reported previously Antifa protester John Sullivan was caught on video posing as a Trump supporter during the rioting at the US Capitol on January 6th.

Footage obtained by the Gateway Pundit from militant Black Lives Matter and Antifa activist John Sullivan’s Discord server shows the so-called “civil rights activist” reveling inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6 as he damaged federal property.

Sullivan has maintained in multiple interviews that he regularly attends protests only to record what’s going on, but did not actively partake in the insurgence in Washington. This is a lie. He is a leader of the Utah Antifa-BLM movement and has been previously arrested.

“It’s just recording, solely, and not being active in it,” he told Fox News last week.

Sullivan also organized an Antifa-Insurgence rally on January 6th at the Washington Monument at 11 AM before they stormed the US Capitol.

The mainstream media refuses to report these facts.

On Tuesday Politico reporter Kyle Cheney reported that John Sullivan was paid $35,000 from both CNN and NBC for his footage inside the US Capitol on January 6th.


That is quite a haul!

Cheney posted the receipts on Twitter on Tuesday.

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Tayler Hansen, a Gateway Pundit contributor, was also at the US Capitol protests. Taylor is an actual videographer and reporter, unlike John Sullivan who is a Black Lives Matter-Antifa organizer.

Tayler told us, “This raises serious red flags.” Tayler told us that the average beat reporter and videographer makes $300 to $1,000 for coverage from an event like the US Capitol riots. — Sullivan made $35,000 for his coverage.

Tayler Hansen added this,
“With over 6 months of experience as an independent Journalist I have captured some of the most viewed and circulated media content on the internet. I have NEVER made over $1,000 on an individual video. The highest I have ever seen a news source pay for breaking news footage is $3,000. John Sullivan being paid $35,000 by CNN and NBC for ONE EVENT is criminal. An average paid journalist out of Utah makes $3,021 a month, NOT $75,000 IN A MATTER OF DAYS. Let’s not forget that John has always been an ANTIFA and BLM organizer and activist. He has never before reported in a journalistic capacity. Even while “reporting” he is seen breaking a window, telling people he has a knife to get to the front of a crowded hallway, and is heard saying, “LETS BURN THIS SHIT DOWN!”
John Sullivan is not and has never been a journalist. He is an avowed BLM organizer and activist, his group InsurgenceUSA has a history of violence. There is something nefarious going on here, and I intend to find out what it is.
 

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Judge refuses to ban Capitol riot suspect from Twitter and Facebook
But the court ordered John Sullivan of Utah, a videographer, to stop work with his Insurgence USA website and social media platforms.

Rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol.


Rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol. | Julio Cortez/AP Photo
By JOSH GERSTEIN
02/16/2021 08:42 PM EST

A federal magistrate judge has turned down prosecutors’ effort to block a man accused of participating in the Capitol riot from using Twitter and Facebook, but ordered him to end his involvement with a business he founded that the Justice Department says promotes and glorifies violent protests.

The defendant, John Sullivan of Utah, has maintained that he attends raucous demonstrations as a journalist, sharing videos through his Insurgence USA website and social media platforms.

Sullivan’s defense attorney even filed invoices with the court showing that CNN and NBC each paid Sullivan’s firm $35,000 last month for rights to video he filmed of chaotic scenes outside and inside the Capitol, including the deadly shooting of protester Ashli Babbitt by a U.S. Capitol Police officer.

However, prosecutors contend that Sullivan is not a mere bystander or chronicler of protests. Instead, they say, he actively encourages violence, telling viewers how to make Molotov cocktails and evade identification by police. He was arrested last month on charges stemming from the Jan. 6 riot, including interfering with police during a civil disorder. Sullivan was later hit with an additional charge: obstruction of Congress.

At a hearing on Tuesday afternoon on Sullivan’s release conditions, Washington-based Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather split the difference between prosecutors seeking to eliminate Sullivan’s presence on the United States’ most popular social media platforms and a defense lawyer who decried what he said was an assault on his client’s constitutional rights.

“I am rejecting the broader prohibition on Twitter and Facebook and encrypted social media platforms,” Meriweather said, also ordering that Sullivan be taken off of 24-hour location monitoring via GPS.

However, the judge said Sullivan “is to no longer work for Insurgence USA,” will have his internet use monitored by probation officials, and will be banned from using any social media platforms to incite riots, violent protests, armed conflict or violence. He’s also under home detention.

Sullivan has become one of the more prominent individuals charged in the Capitol riot because of interviews he did with news outlets like CNN and a vigorous debate about whether he’s an Antifa provocateur. Figures such as former President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer Rudy Giuliani have pointed to Sullivan as evidence that leftists were part of the mob that stormed the Capitol.

Liberal activists have denounced those claims as disinformation.

Sullivan’s politics remain murky. He has described himself as an opponent of Trump and a backer of Black Lives Matter. However, BLM activists in Utah have disowned him, saying he seemed intent on provoking violence at protests. They’ve also noted that Sullivan often seems to work in tandem with his brother, James, who spoke at a right-wing, Proud Boys event.

Defense attorney Steven Kiersh denounced the prosecution’s initial proposal as wildly excessive and insensitive to the role that Facebook and Twitter play in the lives of many young people.

“The social media limits are incredibly oppressive, incredibly overbroad and serve no purpose other than to basically oppress Mr. Sullivan,” Kiersh said. “Mr. Sullivan is very involved in exchanging of ideas amongst his peers, and this is how he does it.”

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Candice Wong also skewered Kiersh’s suggestion that John Sullivan is using Twitter and Facebook the way others his age do. “The defendant’s social media presence … does not read like a typical 20-something’s social media presence,” she said. “It’s not about the weather. It’s not about communicating with friends.”

Kiersh insisted that there was “no connection” between Insurgence USA and the crimes Sullivan is accused of, notwithstanding the sales of the video footage of the Capitol riot to major news outlets.

However, Wong maintained that Sullivan’s social media presence was integral to his activities on Jan. 6 and earlier violent protests he was involved in.

“Insurgence USA is absolutely the instrumentality through which Mr. Sullivan committed the relevant acts,” she said. “It is Mr. Sullivan’s reason for being there and for his criminal participation in the riot.”

At one point during the hearing, Meriweather questioned whether Sullivan’s videos are urging protest or rioting. “There is a distinction,” she said.

Wong said Sullivan’s videos unambiguously urge violence and attacks on police. She said he serves as “a sort of expert resource for rioters.”

“Under the guise of journalism …. he is engaged in and incited violent activity, including the kind of destructive society we saw on Jan. 6,” the prosecutor said. She said that Twitter and Facebook sought to block some of Sullivan’s accounts, but that he has a variety of handles that cross-promote one another.

Wong also noted that the request to ban Sullivan from Twitter and Facebook was actually narrower than the conditions a magistrate in Utah imposed on Sullivan, banning him from use of 13 different sites or platforms. She also mentioned that Sullivan’s former counsel agreed to that.

“I cannot account for why the lawyers representing Mr. Sullivan in Utah agreed to these conditions,” Kiersh said.
 

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Fulton election board votes to fire its election director but unclear if it has authority to do so

Fulton County Election Board votes to fire county election director

By: Justin Gray, WSB-TV
Updated: February 16, 2021 - 5:52 PM

After a year of national attention and controversy surrounding elections, the Fulton County election director was fired on Tuesday. Or maybe not.

The Fulton County Registration and Elections Board voted 3-2 to fire election director Richard Barron during a public session meeting Tuesday.

Barron has led Fulton’s elections since 2013 and the board originally voted to fire him during a closed-door meeting last week. It was later decided the vote was not binding because it didn’t happen in a public setting.

Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts told Channel 2 investigator reporter Justin Gray that it’s unclear if the election board has the power to fire Barron. without the approval of the county commission.

“Actually it’s sort of the beginning rather than the end. I guess I’m sort of classifying or characterizing it as uncharted territory,” Pitts said.

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They are Lying to You: States That Claim That Audits of a Few Machines and Ballots Will Confirm Election Validity Are Just Plain Lying

They are Lying to You: States That Claim That Audits of a Few Machines and Ballots Will Confirm Election Validity Are Just Plain Lying

By Joe Hoft
Published February 17, 2021 at 8:00am

Every state that claims that by ‘auditing’ a couple of machines and running a few ballots through these machines, that election results can be confirmed as valid, are lying. They will never be able to confirm an election’s validity using this approach.


A reader shared this with us. She forwarded our post about the 200,000 ballots in Wisconsin that the Wisconsin Supreme Court said were likely invalid. Nothing has been done to address these ballots from the 2020 election and we asked why.


The response from Wisconsin Senator Alberta Darling was to provide the voter a canned letter from the Wisconsin Election Board (who many believe are corrupt) and end it there. Senator Darling shared the following:

Wisconsin Letter Regarding Audits by Jim Hoft on Scribd

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The second page of the canned letter says this:


This letter says absolutely nothing and shows Senator Darling does not care. How could any elected official be alright with this year’s election results? In Wisconsin over a hundred thousand ballots were dropped late on election night, perhaps some in her district, all for Biden, and she doesn’t seem to give a damn – like so many Republicans across the country.



The politicians either don’t want to do anything that will address the issues from the election, or they don’t know what to do. Five days ago the Wisconsin Senate announced that it was ordering an audit of the state’s 2020 election results:
The state’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee voted six to four along party lines to order the audit, which will be conducted by the Legislative Audit Bureau, a non-partisan body that enjoys the trust of both Republicans and Democrats.
All four Democrats on the committee voted against the audit, however, and voiced concerns that it could further undermine trust in the system. There have been widespread unsubstantiated allegations of nationwide voter fraud since the November election.
The problem is that the legislative body that will perform the audit does not have the capabilities to perform a forensic audit of the ballots from the 2020 election. It is doubtful that this body will be able to analyze the Wisconsin ballots like a professional like Jovan Pulitzer can. It is a step in the right direction but as we’ve seen already, performing work that does not address the target area in an audit is an audit that might as well not be performed.

The answer is to perform a forensic audit of all ballots in a designated state or area to determine if the ballots are legitimate or not. We shared this before. An audit of a few machines and a review of a few ballots through those machines will not confirm the validity of an audit. The only way an audit can confirm the validity of the election is to look at every ballot and determine its validity based on the proper characteristics of that ballot (e.g. paper type, the ink used, the structure of ballot, folds in ballots, etc…). This can be done in a very short period of time using modern technology and inventor Pulitzer has this technology:


The people of Wisconsin should demand an adequate forensic review of the 2020 ballots or they will never have free and fair elections again. The Democrats will steal every single election going forward unless this is done.

(The author speaks from an expert’s point of view. He was involved in hundreds of audits during his career auditing millions of records. When looking at a large data set of records, the machine functionality is almost irrelevant. The focus of the audit should be on the input and the output of the system. The ballots that are counted must be valid and the results should equal the total of valid ballots. If these don’t agree then you know the machines are not working properly.)
 

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Virginia Now Starting Another Garbage Audit – Using a 1980 Audit Program to Catch 2020 Voter Fraud

By Joe Hoft
Published February 17, 2021 at 12:14pm

Virginia announced it started an audit of the 2020 election results yesterday on February 16th. The state publicizes the audit as the answer to any questions about the 2020 election. Unfortunately, this is not true.

The state of Virginia announced this week that their audit started yesterday statewide. The Department of Elections shared:
Virginia’s 133 localities will take part in a statewide post-election Risk Limiting Audit of the 2020 U.S. presidential and Senate elections, a procedural step where ballot scanner machines used in November will be inspected.
The Virginia Department of Elections then provided the following summary of what they will do:

● Creating a ballot manifest – Localities will create a simple spreadsheet that lists all of the containers or the batches that contain the ballots cast and how many ballots are in each batch. All types of ballots are to be included (in person, mail-in, provisional, etc.).
● Uploading the ballot manifest – once the ballot manifest is completed, localities will upload the spreadsheet into VotingWorks’ audit software.
● Generating a Random Seed Number & ballot selection – ELECT and VotingWorks will hold another virtual meeting on February 22 to generate the random seed number. The random seed number is a 20-digit number created by a roll of dice. The random seed number entered into the audit system software generates the list of ballots for retrieval by each locality.
● Ballot Retrieval lists – Localities will receive a list of ballots to review. The lists will include which batches to open and the ballot(s) to retrieve. Localities will have three days to upload the vote tallies from the ballots retrieved.
● Ballot retrieval – Each locality will hold a public meeting to retrieve the ballots on the ballot retrieval list. A review board of two people from each participating locality will retrieve ballots and record the Presidential and Senatorial votes on a tally sheet. Some localities in the Commonwealth will not have to retrieve any ballots and not need to have a meeting.
● Entering ballot tallies – After retrieving the ballots, localities will enter the vote(s) cast for the Presidential and Senatorial contest on each ballot VotingWorks’ audit software.

A voter might think this work is alright – a worthwhile exercise. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This audit is like performing a 1980 audit to catch 2020 election fraud. This audit is garbage.
Here’s why:
  • The Virginia audit samples election results. – It does not audit all the ballots counted in the election (which can be done).
  • The Virginia audit wastes people’s time. The first couple bullets list an exercise where the localities will put together information for the auditors, so the auditors can create their sample. – If the entire population is included in the audit, none of these tasks are necessary, because the result will be 100% accurate since all the ballots are included in the population.
  • The review of the ballots consists of counting and recording the selections on each ballot. – This sampling approach is garbage. It was maybe good in 1980 but in 2020 it will not suffice.
  • The problem with this audit is it will never address invalid ballots. It counts the ballots but does no adjudication of the validity of the ballots being counted.
A 2020 audit will review all the ballots, not just a sample. Every ballot will be reviewed for the paper the ballot is on, the ink used, the shape of the circles being filled in, the sequence of the ballots, the creases in ballots, etc. This type of physical review, just of the ballots, will identify invalid ballots. These ballots can then be reviewed and eliminated if no proper excuses for their oddities are available. This can be done for every ballot in every audit.
We’ve discussed this in prior posts. We discussed this in a post regarding an audit in Wisconsin.


Our recommendation is to use the process designed by Jovan Pulitzer as noted above. Look at every ballot and identify the low-hanging fruit (the ballots that are obviously fraudulent) and remove these from the basket (election results). If the paper, ink, format, and paper creases are ok, then move on. But these garbage 1980 audits are a joke.
 

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BLOOD MONEY: CNN, NBC, Etc Paid BLM/Antifa Activist Who Broke Into Capitol On Jan 6 $77,000

John Sullivan – the founder of a left-wing activist group – received $77,000 from various media outlets including CNN and NBC for his footage of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt being shot at the U.S. Capitol.

Facing criminal charges for his involvement in the riots, Sullivan was forced to disclose payments he received for the footage of Babbit being fatally shot by a Capitol police officer.

Among the media companies that paid Sullivan were CNN, NBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and Left/Right Productions. CNN and NBC each paid $35,000, ABC paid $2,500, and Left/Right Productions paid $5,000.

“Defendant is legitimately self-employed as a documentarian and it is oppressive to require that he not be allowed to continue his primary area of employment for an extended period of time,” Sullivan’s lawyer reasoned in a court filing where Sullivan requested to be allowed to continue using Facebook and Twitter.

CNN AGREEMENT.

Sullivan, the founder of “an activist group formed after the killing of George Floyd in the summer of 2020” entitled Insurgence USA which “calls itself anti-fascist and protests police brutality,” insisted he was only inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6th to “record.”

“I just wanted to be able to show people how it was, and I knew I would be able to get to the truth and to the front and be able to show you, I’m talking to these people, I’m conversing with these people in the crowd, but I can’t tell you that I agree with Trump or MAGA supporters,” Sullivan told Fox News.

Despite these remarks, the 18-page affidavit reveals that Sullivan allegedly incited violence by exclaiming “we gotta get this shit burned” and “it’s our house mother****ers.”
 

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The False And Exaggerated Claims Still Being Spread About The Capitol Riot: Greenwald
WEDNESDAY, FEB 17, 2021 - 16:20
Authored by Glenn Greenwald via greenwald.substack.com,

What took place at the Capitol on January 6 was undoubtedly a politically motivated riot. As such, it should not be controversial to regard it as a dangerous episode. Any time force or violence is introduced into what ought to be the peaceful resolution of political conflicts, it should be lamented and condemned.


Damage is seen inside the US Capitol building early on January 7, 2021 in Washington, DC (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)


But none of that justifies lying about what happened that day, especially by the news media. Condemning that riot does not allow, let alone require, echoing false claims in order to render the event more menacing and serious than it actually was. There is no circumstance or motive that justifies the dissemination of false claims by journalists. The more consequential the event, the less justified, and more harmful, serial journalistic falsehoods are.

Yet this is exactly what has happened, and continues to happen, since that riot almost seven weeks ago. And anyone who tries to correct these falsehoods is instantly attacked with the cynical accusation that if you want only truthful reporting about what happened, then you’re trying to “minimize” what happened and are likely an apologist for if not a full-fledged supporter of the protesters themselves.

One of the most significant of these falsehoods was the tale — endorsed over and over without any caveats by the media for more than a month — that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick was murdered by the pro-Trump mob when they beat him to death with a fire extinguisher. That claim was first published by The New York Times on January 8 in an article headlined “Capitol Police Officer Dies From Injuries in Pro-Trump Rampage.” It cited “two [anonymous] law enforcement officials” to claim that Sicknick died “with the mob rampaging through the halls of Congress” and after he “was struck with a fire extinguisher.”

A second New York Times article from later that day — bearing the more dramatic headline: “He Dreamed of Being a Police Officer, Then Was Killed by a Pro-Trump Mob” — elaborated on that story:




The New York Times, in a now-”updated” article, Jan. 8, 2021

After publication of these two articles, this horrifying story about a pro-Trump mob beating a police officer to death with a fire extinguisher was repeated over and over, by multiple journalists on television, in print, and on social media. It became arguably the single most-emphasized and known story of this event, and understandably so — it was a savage and barbaric act that resulted in the harrowing killing by a pro-Trump mob of a young Capitol police officer.

It took on such importance for a clear reason: Sicknick’s death was the only example the media had of the pro-Trump mob deliberately killing anyone. In a January 11 article detailing the five people who died on the day of the Capitol protest, the New York Times again told the Sicknick story: “Law enforcement officials said he had been ‘physically engaging with protesters’ and was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher.”

But none of the other four deaths were at the hands of the protesters: the only other person killed with deliberate violence was a pro-Trump protester, Ashli Babbitt, unarmed when shot in the neck by a police officer at close range. The other three deaths were all pro-Trump protesters: Kevin Greeson, who died of a heart attack outside the Capitol; Benjamin Philips, 50, “the founder of a pro-Trump website called Trumparoo,” who died of a stroke that day; and Rosanne Boyland, a fanatical Trump supporter whom the Times says was inadvertently “killed in a crush of fellow rioters during their attempt to fight through a police line.”

This is why the fire extinguisher story became so vital to those intent on depicting these events in the most violent and menacing light possible. Without Sicknick having his skull bashed in with a fire extinguisher, there were no deaths that day that could be attributed to deliberate violence by pro-Trump protesters.

Three weeks later, The Washington Post said dozens of officers (a total of 140) had various degrees of injuries, but none reported as life-threatening, and at least two police officers committed suicide after the riot. So Sicknick was the only person killed who was not a pro-Trump protester, and the only one deliberately killed by the mob itself.

It is hard to overstate how pervasive this fire extinguisher story became. Over and over, major media outlets and mainstream journalists used this story to dramatize what happened:



Clockwise: Tweet of Associated Press, Jan. 29; Tweet of NBC’s Richard Engel, Jan. 9; Tweet of the Lincoln Project’s Fred Willman, Jan. 29; Tweet of The New York Times’ Nicholas Kirstof, Jan. 9


Television hosts gravely intoned when telling this story, manipulating viewers’ emotions by making them believe the mob had done something unspeakably barbaric:

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After the media bombarded Americans with this story for a full month without pause, it took center stage at Trump’s impeachment process. As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy noted, the article of impeachment itself stated that “Trump supporters ‘injured and killed law enforcement personnel.’” The House impeachment managers explicitly claimed on page 28 of their pretrial memorandum that “the insurrectionists killed a Capitol Police officer by striking him in the head with a fire extinguisher.”

Once the impeachment trial ended in an acquittal, President Joe Biden issued a statement and referenced this claim in the very first paragraph. Sicknick, said the President, lost “his life while protecting the Capitol from a violent, riotous mob on January 6, 2021.”

The problem with this story is that it is false in all respects. From the start, there was almost no evidence to substantiate it. The only basis were the two original New York Times articles asserting that this happened based on the claim of anonymous law enforcement officials.

Despite this alleged brutal murder taking place in one of the most surveilled buildings on the planet, filled that day with hundreds of cellphones taping the events, nobody saw video of it. No photographs depicted it. To this day, no autopsy report has been released. No details from any official source have been provided.
Not only was there no reason to believe this happened from the start, the little that was known should have caused doubt. On the same day the Times published its two articles with the “fire extinguisher” story, ProPublica published one that should have raised serious doubts about it.

The outlet interviewed Sicknick’s brother, who said that “Sicknick had texted [the family] Wednesday night to say that while he had been pepper-sprayed, he was in good spirits.” That obviously conflicted with the Times’ story that the mob “overpowered Sicknick” and “struck him in the head with a fire extinguisher,” after which, “with a bloody gash in his head, Mr. Sicknick was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support.”

But no matter. The fire extinguisher story was now a matter of lore. Nobody could question it. And nobody did: until after a February 2 CNN article that asked why nobody has been arrested for what clearly was the most serious crime committed that day: the brutal murder of Officer Sicknick with a fire extinguisher. Though the headline gave no hint of this, the middle of the article provided evidence which essentially declared the original New York Times story false:
In Sicknick's case, it's still not known publicly what caused him to collapse the night of the insurrection. Findings from a medical examiner's review have not yet been released and authorities have not made any announcements about that ongoing process.
According to one law enforcement official, medical examiners did not find signs that the officer sustained any blunt force trauma, so investigators believe that early reports that he was fatally struck by a fire extinguisher are not true.
The CNN story speculates that perhaps Sicknick inhaled “bear spray,” but like the ProPublica interview with his brother who said he inhaled pepper spray, does not say whether it came from the police or protesters. It is also just a theory. CNN noted that investigators are “vexed by a lack of evidence that could prove someone caused his death as he defended the Capitol during last month's insurrection.” Beyond that, “to date, little information has been shared publicly about the circumstances of the death of the 13-year veteran of the police force, including any findings from an autopsy that was conducted by DC's medical examiner.”

Few noticed this remarkable admission buried in this article. None of this was seriously questioned until a relatively new outlet called Revolver News on February 9 compiled and analyzed all the contradictions and lack of evidence in the prevailing story, after which Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, citing that article, devoted the first eight minutes of his February 10 program to examining these massive evidentiary holes.

That caused right-wing media outlets to begin questioning what happened, but mainstream liberal outlets — those who spread the story aggressively in the first place — largely and predictably ignored it all.
This week, the paper that first published the false story — in lieu of a retraction or an explanation of how and why it got the story wrong — simply went back to the first two articles, more than five weeks later, and quietly posted what it called an “update” at the top of both five-week-old articles:



Caption that now sits atop both New York Times articles from Jan. 8 about Officer SIcknick’s death.

With the impeachment trial now over, the articles are now rewritten to reflect that the original story was false. But there was nothing done by The New York Times to explain an error of this magnitude, let alone to try to undo the damage it did by misleading the public. They did not expressly retract or even “correct” the story. Worse, there is at least one article of theirs, the January 11 one that purports to describe how the five people died that day, which continues to include the false “fire extinguisher” story with no correction or update.
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The fire extinguisher tale was far from the only false or dubious claim that the media caused to circulate about the events that day. In some cases, they continue to circulate them.

In the days after the protest, numerous viral tweets pointed to a photograph of Eric Munchel with zip-ties. The photo was used continually to suggest that he took those zip-ties into the Capitol because of a premeditated plot to detain lawmakers and hold them hostage. Politico described Munchel as “the man who allegedly entered the Senate chamber during the Capitol riot while carrying a taser and zip-tie handcuffs.”

The Washington Post used the images to refer to “chatters in far-right forums explicitly discussing how to storm the building, handcuff lawmakers with zip ties.” That the zip-tie photo of Munchel made the Capitol riot far more than a mere riot carried out by a band of disorganized misfits, but rather a nefarious and well-coordinated plot to kidnap members of Congress, became almost as widespread as the fire extinguisher story. Yet again, it was The New York Times that led the way in consecrating maximalist claims. “FBI Arrests Man Who Carried Zip Ties Into Capitol,” blared the paper’s headline on January 10, featuring the now-iconic photo of Munchel at the top.


But on January 21, the “zip-tie man’s” own prosecutors admitted none of that was true. He did not take zip-ties with him from home or carry them into the Capitol. Instead, he found them on a table, and took them to prevent their use by the police:
Eric Munchel, a pro-Trump rioter who stormed the Capitol building while holding plastic handcuffs, took the restraints from a table inside the Capitol building, prosecutors said in a court filing Wednesday.
Munchel, who broke into the building with his mom, was labeled "zip-tie guy" after he was photographed barreling down the Senate chamber holding the restraints. His appearance raised questions about whether the insurrectionists who sought to stop Congress from counting Electoral College votes on January 6 also intended to take lawmakers hostage.
But according to the new filing, Munchel and his mother took the handcuffs from within the Capitol building - apparently to ensure the Capitol Police couldn't use them on the insurrectionists - rather than bring them in when they initially breached the building.
(A second man whose photo with zip-ties later surfaced similarly told Ronan Farrow that he found them on the floor, and the FBI has acknowledged it has no evidence to the contrary).

Why does this matter? For the same reason media outlets so excitedly seized on this claim. If Munchel had brought zip-ties with him, that would be suggestive of a premeditated plot to detain people: quite terrorizing, as it suggests malicious and well-planned intent. But he instead just found them on a table by happenstance and, according to his own prosecutors, grabbed them with benign intent.

Then, perhaps most importantly, is the ongoing insistence on calling the Capitol riot an armed insurrection. Under the law, an insurrection is one of the most serious crises that can arise. It allows virtually unlimited presidential powers — which is why there was so much angst when Tom Cotton proposed it in his New York Times op-ed over the summer, publication of which resulted in the departure of two editors. Insurrection even allows for the suspension by the president of habeas corpus: the right to be heard in court if you are detained.

So it matters a great deal legally, but also politically, if the U.S. really did suffer an armed insurrection and continues to face one. Though there is no controlling, clear definition, that term usually connotes not a three-hour riot but an ongoing, serious plot by a faction of the citizenry to overthrow or otherwise subvert the government.

Just today, PolitiFact purported to “fact-check” a statement from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) made on Monday. Sen. Johnson told a local radio station:
"The fact of the matter is this didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me. I mean armed, when you hear armed, don’t you think of firearms? Here’s the questions I would have liked to ask. How many firearms were confiscated? How many shots were fired? I’m only aware of one, and I’ll defend that law enforcement officer for taking that shot.
The fact-checking site assigned the Senator its “Pants on Fire” designation for that statement, calling it “ridiculous revisionist history.” But the “fact-checkers” cannot refute a single claim he made. At least from what is known publicly, there is no evidence of a single protester wielding let alone using a firearm inside the Capitol on that day. As indicated, the only person to have been shot was a pro-Trump protester killed by a Capitol police officer, and the only person said to have been killed by the protesters, Officer Sicknick, died under circumstances that are still completely unclear.

That protesters were found before and after the riot with weapons does not mean they intended to use them as part of the protest. For better or worse, the U.S. is a country where firearm possession is common and legal. And what we know for certain is that there is no evidence of anyone brandishing a gun in that building. That fact makes a pretty large dent in the attempt to characterize this as an “armed insurrection” rather than a riot.

Indeed, the most dramatic claims spread by the media to raise fear levels as high as possible and depict this as a violent insurrection have turned out to be unfounded or were affirmatively disproven.

On January 15, Reuters published an article about the arrest of the “Q-Shaman,” Jacob Chansley, headlined “U.S. says Capitol rioters meant to 'capture and assassinate' officials.” It claimed that “federal prosecutors offered an ominous new assessment of last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters on Thursday, saying in a court filing that rioters intended ‘to capture and assassinate elected officials.’” Predictably, that caused viral social media postings from mainstream reporters and prominent pundits, such as Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe, manifesting in the most ominous tones possible:

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Shortly thereafter, however, a DOJ “official walked back a federal claim that Capitol rioters ‘intended capture and assassinate elected officials.’" Specifically, “Washington's acting U.S. Attorney, Michael Sherwin, said in a telephone briefing, ‘There is no direct evidence at this point of kill-capture teams and assassination.’"


NBC News, Jan. 15, 2021


Over and over, no evidence has emerged for the most melodramatic media claims — torn out Panic Buttons and plots to kill Vice President Mike Pence or Mitt Romney. What we know for certain, as The Washington Post noted this week, is that “Despite warnings of violent plots around Inauguration Day, only a smattering of right-wing protesters appeared at the nation’s statehouses.” That does not sound like an ongoing insurrection, to put it mildly.

All this matters because it inherently matters if the media is recklessly circulating falsehoods about the most inflammatory and significant news stories. As was true for their series of Russiagate debacles, even if each “mistake” standing alone can be dismissed as relatively insignificant or understandable, when they pile up — always in the same narrative direction — people rightly conclude the propaganda is deliberate and trust in journalism erodes further.

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But in this case, this matters for reasons far more significant than corporate media’s attempt to salvage the last vestiges of their credibility. Washington, D.C. remains indefinitely militarized. The establishment wings of both parties are still exploiting the emotions surrounding the Capitol breach to justify a new domestic War on Terror. The FBI is on the prowl for dissidents on the right and the left, and online censorship in the name of combatting domestic terrorism continues to rise.
One can — and should — condemn the January 6 riot without inflating the threat it posed. And one can — and should — insist on both factual accuracy and sober restraint without standing accused of sympathy for the rioters.
 

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RNC Chair McDaniel announces group's new Election Integrity committee

"Election integrity is one of the most critical issues we face as a party and as a country," McDaniel said.
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By Joseph Weber
Updated: February 17, 2021 - 2:27pm

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Wednesday the group has formed a new Committee on Election Integrity "dedicated to restoring election transparency and ensuring voters have confidence in future election processes."

The announcement follows the 2020 election cycle, the results of which remain under a cloud of voter fraud allegations and concerns about the actions of state election officials and leaders.

"Election integrity is one of the most critical issues we face as a party and as a country," McDaniel said in making the announcement. "What we saw this past election – states undoing important safeguards, bypassing the proper legislative processes, and changing election laws in the eleventh hour – was deeply troubling and brought chaos and uncertainty to our sacred democratic processes. As RNC chair, I will not sit idly by and the party will respond."

The RND said that in the 2020 election cycle, "its most comprehensive legal strategy to date" – that it spent over $30 million on election protection efforts in battleground states across the country.

McDaniel, a supporter of President Trump who was elected this year to a third term as the RNC leader, also said committee will work closely with state parties and other stakeholders on voting policies and best practices, such as ensuring poll watchers are allowed to properly observe counting processes, meaningful voter ID laws are codified, and all Americans have faith in our elections process.

The committee will be led by Florida Republican Party Chairman Joe Gruters, with Ashley MacLeay, national committeewoman from the District of Columbia, serving as co-chairperson.

The full, temporary RNC committee will consist of 12 men and 12 women, representing the RNC from 21 states and the District.
 

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Son of prominent conservative leader Bozell arrested in connection with Capitol siege

Bozell is charged with three federal offenses after numerous videos of him appearing to be inside the Capitol emerged online.

Updated: February 17, 2021 - 6:51pm

Leo Brent Bozell IV, the son of conservative leader L. Brent Bozell III, is facing federal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 breech of the U.S. Capitol.

Bozell is charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct, according to a federal complaint unsealed Tuesday.

The official affidavit includes photos and videos that appear to show Bozell inside of the U.S. Capitol Building, including the Senate chambers.

At least one photo shows Bozell wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with a logo for a Christian school at which he once coached girls basketball, according to the Huffington Post.

The FBI obtained a photo of him posing with a student of a school, in Hershey, Pa.

His father founder, who founded the Media Research Center and other conservative groups, has condemned the riots, saying, "You can never countenance police being attacked. You cannot countenance our national capitol being breached like this. ... I think it is absolutely wrong," according to NewsBusters.
 

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Woman charged in Capitol riot alleges Proud Boys recruited her

To prove she had been recruited, the defendant showed off a two-sided "challenge coin" from the Proud Boys' Kansas City chapter.
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Updated: February 17, 2021 - 1:56pm

An Arizona woman charged in connection with participating in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot says she was recruited by a chapter of the extremist group Proud Boys, considered a misogynistic group.

The woman, Felicia Konold, said in a Snapchat video that she was recently recruited by the group's Kansas City chapter, which had previously not permitted female members.

"It is ironic that such a deeply misogynistic organization has attracted someone who is a woman to join their organization," said Eric Ward, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center. "It tells us there is dissension in the ranks of Proud Boys right now."

Konold, 26, is being charged with conspiracy, civil disorder and other federal charges as a result of the riot at the Capitol, according to the Associated Press.

Konold said in the video of her at the riot that she never would have pictured having such an impact on what occurred.

"All my boys, behind me, holding me up in the air, pushing back," she said.

In the video, in an attempt to prove that she had been recruited by the chapter, she showed a two-sided "challenge coin" that displays markings intended to prove it belonged to the group.

"The fact she has that coin, the challenge coin, tells me there is something happening around gender in the Proud Boys — and it is something worth paying attention to," continued Ward, also the executive director of the Western States Center, a civil rights advocacy group that works to advance gender equity, the wire service also reports.
 

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New 16:29 min Rumble video by Mike Lindell on the evidence of digital fraud in the elections of 2020.


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