New details continue to emerge about the attempts by former President Trump and his allies to subvert the results of the 2020 election — attempts that have morphed into frivolous ballot reviews that threaten to undermine future elections.
This week, ABC News published a Dec. 28 draft letter that was part of a plan to overturn President Biden’s victory in Georgia. The letter, which urged top officials in Georgia to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud, was written by Jeffrey Clark, the former DOJ official who in early January had plotted with Trump to replace acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. Clark asked Rosen and acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue to sign off on the letter; Rosen and Donoghue refused.
Of course, the attempts to cast doubt on the results 2020 election and weaken confidence in the integrity of future elections didn’t end there. The Arizona Senate’s partisan election “audit” has been dragging on for months longer than planned, giving the big lie plenty of time to fester and grow.
The state Senate is fighting hard to avoid transparency in its sham operation. This week, an Arizona judge ordered the Senate to “immediately” begin releasing records that American Oversight requested in our lawsuit, again rejecting the Senate’s argument that records held by contractor Cyber Ninjas could be shielded from the public. On Thursday, the Senate appealed the decision.
Judge Michael Kemp had on July 15 ordered the Senate to produce records, including information about the cost of the “audit.” Last week, Cyber Ninjas said that in addition to the $150,000 provided by the Senate, a whopping $5.7 million had been raised by groups promoting Trump’s lies about a stolen election.
The big money that is financing the big lie was also the subject of a major story by the New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer this week, who painted an alarming picture of the groups raising money in service of those lies and of the danger of the Arizona stunt being replicated elsewhere: A “well-funded national movement has been exploiting Trump’s claims of fraud in order to promote alterations to the way that ballots are cast and counted in 49 states. … The chair of Arizona’s Republican Party, Kelli Ward, has referred to the state’s audit as a ‘domino,’ and has expressed hope that it will inspire similar challenges elsewhere.”
That’s already happening. Here’s an update on the anti-democratic rumblings in other states:
The Delta variant continues to spread, leading to an increase in breakthrough cases among the vaccinated and a new surge in hospitalizations among the unvaccinated. Here are the latest headlines from the states:
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