Thursday, December 24, 2020

Election 2020: A Christmas Present from Vice President Pence?

Did you think that the 2020 election would still be in contention at Christmas? I didn't. 

It seems to be all coming down to the electoral college vote, and the Vice President's role in certifying the electors.Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 12.23.20 (Afternoon Edition), Pam Geller, Law Prohibits Pence From Accepting Electoral Votes From Fraudulently Certified States — Constitutional Lawyer  From Andrea Widberg at Am Think,  Mike Pence is being held out as the potential savior of a fair election

On December 22, Raiklin sent out a tweet urging Pence to inform the Secretaries of State in those six contested states that, despite overwhelming evidence of fraud, certified Electors, that he cannot accept those certifications because the electors were not legally appointed.

The tweet has attached a memorandum for President Trump that purports to come from the White House itself, for it’s written on what appears to be official White House letterhead. Here’s my attempt to summarize in plain English the core claims in the memorandum:

Under Art. II, Section 1 of the Constitution, each state, as its legislature “may direct,” will “appoint” its Electors. Because the six disputed states (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) ran entirely fraudulent elections, and because their Legislatures did not dictate fraudulent elections, there is nothing to certify. (For the vast scope of both traditional and electronic fraud in each state, you can find an excellent short summation here and an excellent long summation here.)

Because the legislatures in those six states did not authorize fraud as a basis for selecting Electors, those six states, on December 14, could not and did not validly certify their Electors. The problem is one of fraud in the inception: When fraud permeates an election, the state lacks the power to appoint Electors because no law authorizes the state to act in the absence of an honest election. Notably, more than 50 courts have refused to examine the mountains of evidence attesting to illegality in the elections. The cases were decided only on procedural grounds. Thus, no authority within these states has ever properly ruled upon election fraud. There is, however, one person who can examine that evidence and act accordingly.

First, of course, the Vice President (who is also President of the Senate) has available to him all the evidence the public has seen. However, he also has unique information available to him that state representatives, Supreme Court justices, and other senators haven’t seen. He gets classified information, which includes evidence about foreign intervention in the election under President Trump’s 2018 Executive Order 13848. (We’re still waiting on DNI Ratcliffe’s final report, although he has confirmed that Iran and China interfered in the election.)

Additionally, Pence has access to federal information about other criminal investigations, including investigations at the DOJ, Election District Offices, FBI Field Offices, US Attorneys’ Offices, the US Post Office’s Postmaster, and the US Post Office’s Inspector General.

The combination of his special knowledge and his special authority means that Pence has the sole right to demand proper certification from the states and the “sole plenary power” to determine whether the Elector appointments he receives are legitimate.

Will it happen? I doubt it, but in the era of Trump, Pelosi and McConnell, anything can happen. Paul Goldberg at NewsThud,  Trump met with allies who plan to raise electoral college objections.

Per Fox News, Greene said the White House meeting included Trump, Vice President Pence, Trump’s legal team and about 15 House members, including GOP Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Matt Gaetz of Florida and Louie Gohmert of Texas.

John Wohlstetter at Am Spec,  SCOTUS Election Challenge: Will Politics Defeat Law?. Doesn't it usually? 

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger joined Republicans on Wednesday in calling for an end to allowing all voters in the state to submit absentee ballots without reason because it causes voter fraud.

That’s right, the guy that screamed there was no voter fraud in the State of Georgia during the 2020 November election just admitted the state’s absentee ballot policy is causing voter fraud.

“The no-excuse system voted into law in 2005 — long before most of you, if not all of you, long before I was in the General Assembly — it makes no sense when we have three weeks of in-person early voting available,” Raffensberger said. “It opens the door to potential illegal voting, especially in light of the federal rules that deny us the ability to keep voter lists, registration files, clean.”

He just spent a month telling us there was no voter fraud.

 Roger Simon at ET, The Senate: Throw Them (Almost) All Out

Speaking of which, simultaneous to learning about said bill, I received the draft of a press release from Garland Favorito, an IT expert in Atlanta and co-founder of VoterGA, who is one of the good guys and a true public servant for his work on voter fraud.

Apparently, an emergency lawsuit has been filed against the Fulton County (Atlanta) Elections Director and Elections Board members. That suit alleges a small group of workers at State Farm Arena illegally scanned thousands of secretly hidden mail-in ballots into the election results on election night.

Two affidavits from witnesses attest this scanning began after monitors left because they were told scanning was over for the evening. About 40 minutes after this renewed scanning of hidden ballots was complete, an election line feed showed an unprecedented 100,000+ vote spike that turned the election in favor of Joe Biden.

The lawsuit petitioners, concerned those ballots may be fraudulent, are petitioning to examine them. They contend the ballots were not creased from mailing and made of an unfamiliar card stock.

Also from the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 12.23.20 (Afternoon Edition), Power Line, Democrats Feel Gloomy Over Election and Victory Girls: Joe Biden Will Never Be My President.

Detroit News tell us it's actually illegal to try to resist Democrat election fraud, Sanctions sought against lawyers who pushed to overturn Michigan's election

Attorney General Dana Nessel said she plans to seek sanctions against lawyers who filed lawsuits against the state's election results with claims that featured "intentional misrepresentations."

The Democratic attorney general also plans to pursue court costs and fees and to file complaints with the attorney grievance commission, Nessel told reporters Tuesday. Her remarks came as the City of Detroit and an attorney for Wayne County voter Robert Davis took their own steps in search of sanctions against lawyers involved in one of the cases to overturn the state's presidential election.

John Sexton at Hot Air, with a race that has almost become comical, NY-22 Race Down To 3-5 Votes With More Than A Thousand Left To Review

Earlier this week we learned that a recanvas of votes in three counties had left Republican Claudia Tenney with an unofficial lead of 19 votes. However, Oneida County had informed Judge DelConte, who is overseeing this circus, that they wouldn’t have their recanvas done before Christmas. But in the past two days, Oneida County has been walking through various challenged ballots and as a result the race is now down to 3-5 votes, though Anthony Brinidisi’s sttorney wouldn’t say which candidate currently has the lead.

Mike Brest, WaEx, Dominion tells Trump lawyers to preserve records with legal action 'imminent' and AllahPundit crows Dominion Warns Giuliani, White House That Defamation Litigation Is “Imminent” Hey remember when Diebold threatened to sue all those Democrats because they alleged voter fraud using Diebold systems? Me neither. 

Da Caller, Karl Rove Blasts Powell, Flynn: ‘The President Has Been So Ill-Served By This Crowd’ Are you telling me he would have won, except for their efforts? Of course not, so shut up!

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