Judge Considers Unsealing Absentee Ballots In Fulton County, GA Following Credible Allegations of Fraud

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In the age of technology, it’s almost impossible to get away with a crime. There are 100 ways to get caught and a criminal may think of 99 of them. But somewhere in the paper or the digital trail, resides the one item that was overlooked. And a diligent, persistent investigator will find it.

In the wake of the 2020 presidential election, over 1,000 poll watchers in swing states signed sworn affidavits stating they had witnessed irregularities on and in the days immediately following Nov. 3.

One of the complainants, Garland Favorito, is the co-founder of the Voters Organized for Trusted Election Results in Georgia, a conservative government watchdog group.

RealClearInvestigations‘ Paul Sperry recounted Favorito’s story. “A curious thing happened as Fulton County, Ga., election officials counted mail-in ballots at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena in the days after the election. In the early hours of Nov. 5, a surge of some 20,000 mail-in votes suddenly appeared for Joe Biden, while approximately 1,000 votes for President Trump mysteriously disappeared from his own totals in the critical swing state.”

Favorito observed this “suspicious shift in votes while monitoring the interim election results on the Georgia secretary of state website.”

In the affidavit Favorito had filed with the secretary of state’s office, he wrote, “I concluded from looking at these results that this was an irregularity, since there was no obvious reason for President Trump’s totals to have decreased while former Vice President Biden’s totals increased dramatically.”

Favorito’s claims, along with virtually all of the other allegations were quickly dismissed by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

Refusing to be rejected so easily, he filed a lawsuit in Fulton County Superior Court. At a court hearing held on Monday, Henry County Judge Brian Amero appeared to take his case seriously.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Amero may unseal absentee ballots in Fulton County so a government watchdog [Favorito’s group] can investigate allegations of voting fraud in the November election.”

Amero said he’s “inclined to order the ballots to be unsealed and reviewed by experts hired by Favorito.” The ballots are currently under seal in the Fulton County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.

AJC reported:

At Monday’s hearing, Amero said he’s willing to order the absentee ballots to be unsealed if he’s assured their security will not be compromised. He requested a detailed plan, including who would review the ballots, how they would analyze them and how they would secure them.

The judge also discussed a protective order that would prohibit Favorito’s experts from disclosing their work without permission from the court. And he plans to appoint a special master — perhaps a retired superior court judge — to oversee the analysis. If Amero allows it, the review of ballots could begin in late April.

“I can’t sign an order until such time as I’m satisfied that the manner and method (of review) proposed by the petitioners is reasonable,” the judge said.

“We want to do this in such a way that dispels rumors and disinformation and sheds light,” Amero said at the hearing. “The devil’s in the details.”

Favorito is seeking to review absentee ballots in Fulton County. He says county workers fabricated ballots and counted some ballots multiple times on election night. As evidence, his lawsuit cites video of the counting, as well as sworn statements from people who were present.

The observers were suspicious of ballots that were printed on a different stock of paper than regular ballots, appeared to have been printed instead of marked by ink in a voter’s hand or were not creased, indicating they had not been placed in an absentee ballot envelope and mailed.

Naturally, state and county election officials dispute Favorito’s allegations. According to the AJC, these officials have explained that many ballots had been damaged and had to be duplicated before their scanners would process them. The scanners sometimes jam and when that happens, officials said, all of the ballots from a particular batch must be rescanned.

AJC quotes Gabriel Sterling, chief operating officer for the secretary of state’s office, who declared that “the witness statements in the lawsuits are wrong.”

Sterling told a reporter last week that, “It’s not people who are lying, they don’t understand what they’re saying.”

Of course.

Obviously, none of us know what happened with the ballots. But there seems to be too much smoke here for there to be no fire. And taking the Georgia election officials at their word is akin to taking the word of your teenager who swears he didn’t have a party when you were away, even though several bags of beer bottles were found and there’s a huge cigarette burn in the carpet.

Except that the stakes are exponentially greater. In fact, they have already changed the course of America’s future.

The majority of Trump voters, including myself, believe that fraud occurred in the election. We need to pursue each and every one of the allegations made in the sworn affidavits.

I am convinced that somewhere there exists that one detail that was overlooked. We need to find it.

Like a commander regrouping with his troops after a major defeat, Trump assessed the damage and offered a path forward

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We welcomed back an old friend.

With his theme song, “God Bless the U.S.A.,” playing in the background, former President Donald Trump took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday looking better than he has in years. Six weeks away from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has renewed him. He even appeared to have lost some weight.

Like a commander regrouping with his troops after a major defeat, Trump assessed the damage and offered a path forward.

He also cleared up any doubts about the leadership of the Republican Party.

I’m sure you all saw either Trump’s entire address or caught the highlights on the news, so there’s no need to recount the entire speech. I’d just like to hit a couple of items that stood out to me.

The former president made a key observation about the Democratic Party which Republicans would be wise to learn from.

Democrats stick together.

The Democratic Party doesn’t have any Mitt Romneys or (little) Ben Sasses. Or any Lincoln Projects. They have no anti-Clintoners or anti-Bideners. Party members rally behind their own regardless of their personal feelings toward a candidate. Because, for them, any Democrat is better than a Republican.

Here’s what Trump had to say (via rev.com):

The Democrats don’t have grandstanders like Mitt Romney, little Ben Sasse, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey, and in the House, Tom Rice, South Carolina, Adam Kinzinger, Dan Newhouse, Anthony Gonzalez. That’s another beauty. Fred Upton, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Peter Meyer, John Katko, David Valadao. And of course the warmonger, a person that loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney. How about that? The good news is in her state, she’s been censured, and in her state, her poll numbers have dropped faster than any human being I’ve ever seen. So hopefully they’ll get rid of her with the next election. Get rid of them all.

Democrats are vicious. Remember this, it’s true. Democrats are vicious. He said evil, well, there is evil there, but they’re vicious, they’re smart, and they do one thing. You got to hand it to them. They always stick together. You don’t have Mitt Romney’s in the group. They always stick together.

Back in October, Mitt Romney’s office confirmed to The Hill that he did not vote for then-President Trump. They declined to say whether he had voted for Biden, a third-party candidate or no one. Only that he did not vote for Trump, whose policies largely line up with his own. Romney and so many others can’t possibly be happy with all of the far-left policies that have been put into place since Jan. 20. Yet, he put his personal hatred for Trump above what he believes is best for America.

Ditto for so many other Republicans.

Are they pleased with the liberal assault on our once-great nation?

How do they feel about the Democrats’ undisguised attempt to silence Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News Network?

Are they happy to provide food, shelter and health care for the throngs of illegal immigrants pouring into our country when there are millions of homeless Americans?

Trump pointed out that Biden administration officials are bragging about providing education for the children of illegals at the border while American children are falling behind because Biden has bowed to the powerful teachers’ unions.

Democrats would never allow this to happen. Bernie Sanders couldn’t have been pleased about losing the party’s nomination to Biden. Whatever Sanders’ private feelings may be, he supported Biden publicly. Republicans need to do the same.

Early on, Trump threw cold water on the persistent rumor that he was planning to start a third political party (the Patriot Party). He said this had been fake news. He fully understands that such a move would divide Republicans and guarantee defeat.

We’re not starting new parties. They kept saying, he’s going to start a brand new party. We have the Republican party. It’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before. I am not starting a new party. That was fake news, fake news.

No. Wouldn’t that be brilliant? Let’s start a new party and let’s divide our vote so that you can never win. No, we’re not interested in that.

That came as a tremendous relief to many of us.

He offered a definition of Trumpism.

It means low taxes. It means eliminating job-killing regulations. Trumpism means strong borders, but people coming into our country based on a system of merit so they can come in and help us as opposed to coming here and not being good for us, including criminals.

It means no riots in the streets. It means law enforcement. It means very strong protection for the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms. It means support for the forgotten men and women who have been taken advantage of for so many years.

And he set out a four-year plan for the GOP. Trump assured the crowd he intended to play an active role in realizing these goals. However, he stopped short of saying he was planning a 2024 run. He’ll likely tease us about this for at least two more years. Whether or not he runs, he will be busy behind the scenes implementing his vision for the party’s future. And settling political scores.

To the Democrats, Trump may pose an even greater threat outside of the White House where he can’t be monitored so closely.

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Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother!

New Poll Delivers a Warning to Establishment Republicans; ‘When You Strike at a King, You Must Kill Him’

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A new Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll finds that, despite the drama of Jan. 6 and the farcical Senate impeachment trial that ensued, Trump’s support remains “largely unshaken.”

The survey of 1,000 Trump voters was conducted between February 15 and 19 by landline and cell phone. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 points.

If Trump were to create a new party, 46% of those surveyed would join him, while 27% would not. The remainder were undecided.

50% say GOP should become “more loyal to Trump,” even at the cost of losing support among establishment Republicans.

19% say the party should become less loyal to Trump and more aligned with establishment Republicans.

54% expressed stronger loyalty to Trump the person than the 34% who said they were more loyal to the Republican Party.

(Note: The creation of a third party is a bad idea. The larger point is that so many remain loyal to him.)

For most Trump voters, this is personal. The results speak for themselves.

Trump is seen as a fighter. He rarely backs down. Far more than most politicians, he delivered on his campaign promises. He loves his base and they love him back. Never in my lifetime have I watched a candidate stir up so much emotion from his supporters. Perhaps most important of all, he loves America. He is the most patriotic president since Ronald Reagan.

These results may come as a surprise to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who sanctimoniously denounced the former president shortly after the Capitol riot, on the Senate floor on the afternoon of his acquittal and again two days later in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. These actions triggered calls for his resignation from the Senate leadership position he holds by Republican Party officials in his home state of Kentucky. McConnell is 79 years old and won’t face re-election until 2026.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appears frequently on Hannity and talks tough. But his words are rarely followed by actions. Following the Jan. 6 capital riot, the (mostly) cowardly senator quickly folded. He told colleagues, “All I can say is count me out. Enough is enough.” It was time to move on from the election.

These are the same people who had control of the House and the Senate for the first two years of Trump’s presidency, an opportunity they squandered in many ways. Had then-House Speaker Paul Ryan not been such an anti-Trumper, the Trump Administration could have accomplished so much more. How many times did Paul Ryan counsel Trump to leave funding for his border wall out of spending bills only to lose the opportunity forever after the 2018 midterms?

Pollsters interviewed Republican Brandon Keidl, 27, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a small-business owner. “We feel like Republicans don’t fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can, every single day. But then you have establishment Republicans who just agree with establishment Democrats and everything, and they don’t ever push back.”

Other findings (via USA Today):

73% say Biden wasn’t legitimately elected. Most don’t want their representatives to cooperate with him, even if that means gridlock in Washington.

80% say they would be less likely to vote for a Republican candidate who supported Trump’s impeachment.

80% say the seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump were motivated by political calculations, not their consciences.

62% say congressional Republicans “should do their best to stand up to Biden on major policies, even if it means little gets passed.”

26% say congressional Republicans “should do their best to work with Biden on major policies, even if it means making compromises.”

4% say the impeachment trial made them less supportive of Trump…42% say it made them more supportive…54% say it didn’t affect their support.

90% say the former president isn’t guilty of inciting an insurrection…80% say the crowd would have stormed the Capitol even if Trump hadn’t urged them to “fight like hell” at a rally outside the White House that day.

59% say they want him to run for president again in 2024…29% do not.

If he runs, 76%, would support him for the nomination…85% would vote for him in a general election.

Trump voters aren’t ready to acknowledge Joe Biden as president despite his margin of victory of 7 million votes nationwide.

The authors of the USA Today piece wrote that many “senior GOP figures who had hoped Trump’s decisive defeat for reelection and his subsequent impeachment might mean a post-Trump era was poised to begin.”

Trump’s decisive defeat? It was anything but decisive. Trump’s supporters (myself included) are finding it very hard to move on from the election because we are convinced that fraud occurred. Trying to present Biden’s victory as fact, in light of all the unexplored evidence, is just gaslighting the American public. Maybe that’s why the left tried to distract from the election results by impeaching the President again.

With over 1,000 sworn affidavits testifying that fraud had occurred, why were McConnell and so many other members of the Republican establishment so willing to accept Biden’s victory and move on?

The Republican Party does not need or want members who voted for Trump’s impeachment in the House like Liz Cheney (R-WY) or for his conviction in the Senate like Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

Did those who voted against him do so to disqualify him from running in 2024?

Very possibly.

I believe it may have been Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.”

When the chips were down for Trump, he was deserted by many who should have supported him. The results of this poll indicate that, unfortunately for the RINOs, the former president still remains a king or a kingmaker inside the Republican Party.

Establishment Republicans would be wise to recognize this.