About that not so insurrection, even Reuters admits Amid setbacks, prosecutors abandon some claims in U.S. Capitol riot cases
Prosecutors made some serious claims after the deadly U.S. Capitol attack, saying they had evidence rioters planned to kill elected officials, suggesting a Virginia man at the building received directives to gas lawmakers, and accusing another suspect of directing mayhem on Jan. 6 with encrypted messages.
But the Justice Department has since acknowledged in court hearings that some of its evidence concerning the riot - carried out by a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump to try to overturn his election loss - is less damning than it initially indicated.
The department suffered another blow this week when U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta threatened to impose a gag order on prosecutors after Michael Sherwin, its former head prosecutor on the Capitol cases, told CBS’s “60 Minutes” program that evidence pointed toward sedition charges against some defendants.
PM, DOJ admits there's little evidence to support Jan. 6 sedition charges, Ace, Department of (In)Justice Admits That Maybe They Were Just Lying to Support The Next Democrat Propaganda Operation in Claiming There Was an Organized Armed "Insurrection" "The DO(In)J now admits that maybe the dog ate their homework."
Julie Kelly at Am Great wonders Where is GOP Outrage Over Justice Department’s Capitol Probe? "The U.S. government now holds political prisoners in jail in the nation’s capital, and the party that purports to stand for freedom, liberty, and rule of law refuses to defend them."
And from Georgia, by way of the UK's De Mail, Georgia state rep is removed by capitol police AND arrested after she tried to BLOCK Gov. Brian Kemp from signing voting overhaul law. Will she be charged with insurrection? If you believe that the Capitol incursion was an insurrection (an attempt to block the function of government), this is too.
As the SEC Eyes Forcing Companies To Disclose Data On ‘Social’ Issues, Sparking ‘Politicization’ Concerns (Da Wire), Sundance at CTH reports that DHS is Preparing to Use Private Contractors to “Scour Public Data and Social Media” To Compile Dissident Citizens for Watch List and No Fly Lists Do you now, or have you ever supported Donald Trump?
Ace, Jack Dorsey Says That Censoring News About Hunter Biden Was a "Mistake," and Claims Twitter Isn't Running a "Censoring Department." He Refuses To Tell Congress Who Made This "Mistake." Liar. "All they do is censor and deplatform."
Weird how these "mistakes," "blunders," and "process errors" only seem to befall conservatives, and especially before an election, when the rabid left is making more and more demands for censorship.
Mike Huckabee at Stream has a Surprise: Some Courts Are Looking at the 2020 Election, also an interesting take on Sidney Powell.
Don’t believe the media narrative that court challenges to the 2020 election are over and that we need to “move along; there’s nothing to see here.” Yes, most courts dismissed their cases without even looking at evidence, but some rulings have been made and there are still cases to be adjudicated. John Solomon has been keeping up with the activity.
In fact, now that Joe Biden is comfortably situated in the White House and Trump has dropped his own legal challenges, courts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Virginia are starting to rule that the way widespread absentee balloting was handled in these states violated state laws.
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Powell also doesn’t say she lied. That would be cause for her disbarment, which is what the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit are after.
It’s an interesting argument, although to make it she has to impugn her own claims as over-the-top crazy. Are they crazy? Whether “reasonable people” believe them or not, only an expert examination of the machines will tell us for sure. If Dominion wants to show how off-base she is, that would be an excellent way, unless, of course, there’s some reason they don’t want to.
But from the Bulwark Girlz, Powell’s Pathetic Dominion Defamation Defense. It doesn't have to look pretty, it just has to win.
A River of Doubt Runs Through Mail Voting in Montana. Pretty much the same story as whenever mail-in voting collides with a urban center.
Seaman’s office complied with Tschida’s request for access to all of the county’s ballot envelopes, and on Jan. 4 a team of volunteers, overseen by Rhoades, conducted an audit with the assistance of the Missoula County Elections Office. The audit consisted of both a count and review of all ballot envelopes and comparing that to the number of officially recorded votes during the Nov. 3, 2020, general election.
Its conclusions were troubling: 4,592 out of the 72,491 mail-in ballots lacked envelopes— 6.33% of all votes. Without an officially printed envelope with registration information, a voter's signature, and a postmark indicating whether it was cast on time, election officials cannot verify that a ballot is legitimate. It is against the law to count such votes.
What’s more, according to auditors, county employees claimed that during the post-election audit, some of the envelopes may have been double-counted, possibly indicating an even higher number of missing envelopes.
Auditors also tested a smaller, random sub-sample of 15,455 mail-in envelopes for other defects. Of these, 55 lacked postmark dates, and 53 never had their signatures checked — for a total of 0.7% of all ballots in the sample. No envelope had more than one irregularity.
Extrapolating from the sub-sample, that would make more than 5,000 of Missoula County’s votes — roughly 7% — with unexplained irregularities.
Still another issue arose during the audit that aroused auditors’ suspicions: Dozens of ballot envelopes bore strikingly similar, distinctive handwriting styles in the signatures, suggesting that one or several persons may have filled out and submitted multiple ballots, an act of fraud.
One auditor asserted that of 28 envelopes reviewed from the same address, a nursing home, all 28 signatures looked “exactly the same” stylistically.
Another auditor reported that among the envelopes she reviewed, two very unique signatures appeared dozens of times, describing one such signature as starting out flat, moving to a peak, and tapering out, and another as consisting of numerous circles — a “bubble signature.”
Auditors were unable to conduct a more comprehensive count because, they say, Missoula County elections officials refused to permit them to take pictures of the signatures, and envelopes were not shared across the different tabulation tables at the audit, so reviewers could not cross-compare ballot samples.
And this is the system Democrats want to mandate nationally via HR. 1, CNS News Bill Passed by House Requires States to Let People Without ID Vote by Mail.
Blunt was commenting on the Democrats’ “For the People Act,” also known as H.R.1 and S.1, which is an attempt to overhaul the nation’s election system in radical ways that would virtually guarantee Republican defeat in future elections.Don't you dare remove our dead voters!
In addition to criticizing the text of the law, Blunt noted that Democrats’ claims that their law was necessary to counteract Republican efforts to change voting at the state level were unfounded. While Republicans had introduced some 253 bills to change voting, Democrats themselves had introduced 700. Moreover, 100 Democrat proposals had passed, and just two Republican ones. Those two, Blunt noted, had nothing to do with “voter suppression,” as Democrats had falsely alleged:
“One bill, in Arkansas, further defines the implementation of photo ID requirements,” Blunt noted. “And the other bill, in Utah, requires the lieutenant governor to send the Social Security list of deceased recipients to county clerks so they can initiate the process of removing the names of dead people from the voter rolls.” Democrats called these “voter suppression.”
My sense of this is that Pelosi is not going to pull the trigger on ejecting Miller-Meeks in favor of Rita Hart because it would create a lot of blowback she doesn’t need at this moment. Then again, naked partisan power grabs seem to be the zeitgeist on the left. Taking this seat and ending the Senate filibuster would be a perfect one-two combo to show anyone paying attention that Democrats never cared about norms, only about power.