The Latest on Sham Election Investigations
This week, the Arizona Republic published the first installments of an in-depth look at the weeks surrounding the 2020 presidential election. The series explores how former President Trump and his allies used his supporters’ surprise at his election loss to boost lies about voter fraud — and how Senate President Karen Fann caved to pressure from Trump and conspiracy believers to set up the bungled “audit” of Maricopa County ballots. The consequences of that partisan exploit are grave:
Another state leader who caved to Trump’s anti-democratic demands is Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, whose partisan investigation of the 2020 election is currently being led by attorney Michael Gableman. And now Wisconsin Republicans, led by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, are targeting the bipartisan elections commission and calling for a takeover of federal elections in the state.
Meanwhile, Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have renewed a legislative push to create an office dedicated to conducting election reviews, overseen by the state auditor general, a partisan elected official. This effort is separate from the investigation initiated in the state Senate. The company conducting that investigation was identified this week: the Iowa-based Envoy Sage.
Trump Administration Accountability
Ten months after the end of Trump’s presidency, we’re still learning alarming details about his disdain for accountability and his encouragement of those who sought to overturn the election, including during the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Here are some other headlines related to the Jan. 6 attack and attempts to overturn the election:
White Supremacy in the Military
American Oversight obtained records that provide more information about how the military has handled incidents of racist extremism within its ranks. This includes the 2008 investigation of a white supremacist gang within the Marine Corps, the members of which were all “administratively separated” from the armed services, a non-punitive discharge. Read more here about our ongoing investigation, and about the lawsuit we filed this week for records from the Coast Guard and the National Guard.
Florida Gov. DeSantis and Covid
Last December, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s team drafted a press release highlighting his 2020 accomplishments. We obtained a document showing that the release was edited to remove mentions of Covid-19 safety measures, including encouragement of mask-wearing and other prevention measures. This week, DeSantis’s opposition to Covid-19 safety measures was taken a step further with the passage of four bills he had promoted that curtail vaccine and mask mandates.
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