Armed groups descended upon state Capitols around the country on Sunday, ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. In Lansing, Michigan., men to believed to be part of the “boogaloo” seeking the overthrow of the U.S. government were seen at the Michigan Capitol, according to the Detroit Free Press. The group had about 10 to 20 men, an official was quoted as saying, some of them armed. “That’s why I’m here, because my vote got stolen,” a small business owner at the protest told the New York Times. “Biden is never going to be my president. I’m going to fight him whenever I get the ...
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On Wednesday, The Nevada Independent reported that Joey Gilbert, a former professional boxer turned personal injury attorney who ran for governor of Nevada on a pro-Trump platform, suffered a resounding loss in state court in his bid to overturn the results of the GOP gubernatorial primary.
"District Court Judge James Wilson issued the ruling for summary judgment in favor of Clark County sheriff and Republican gubernatorial nominee Joe Lombardo from the bench on Wednesday, blocking the election contest from proceeding further," reported Riley Snyder. "Gilbert’s election contest, filed after a statewide recount on July 15, heavily relied on testimony from Edward Solomon, identified by the suit as an 'expert mathematician,' who has alleged since the 2020 election that 'algorithms' have been responsible for switching votes in multiple states. Wilson called the Solomon report 'hearsay, first of all,' and said there was no showing that the information provided by 'the admitted non-expert Mr. Solomon … is the product of a reliable methodology.'"
"Gilbert lost his race to Lombardo by more than 26,000 votes in the June primary election, but refused to concede the race and later filed for a statewide recount that did not substantially change the results," said the report. "The recount and the legal challenge to the result have been funded by Reno-based cryptocurrency millionaire and conservative activist Robert Beadles. In a blog post after the hearing, Beadles said the case would be appealed to the state Supreme Court."
"Broadly speaking, the election contest lawsuit claims an 'illegal formula' was used to tabulate votes, and that the distribution of reported 2022 primary election results from mail, early and Election Day voters do not line up with expected results in a 'fair election,'" said the report. "Those claims center largely on a 40-page analysis from Solomon."
Gilbert, who was present at the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, ran a campaign laden with QAnon undertones. He released one ad that claimed billionaire philanthropists Bill Gates and George Soros "want to enslave every generation" and another promoting a Florida health official linked to a group whose leader claims "lizard people" run the government.
The Nevada Republican Party, which has separately been struggling with an attempted hostile takeover of a key county chapter by the Proud Boys, has pushed back against Gilbert's election fraud conspiracy theories, with party chair Mike McDonald telling the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "There's no indication that there's any fraud right now. It's disappointing that those comments come out of the Republican Party."
Intel expert: Trump will suffer paranoia as he hunts for Mar-a-Lago mole because he has ‘no one to trust’
Donald Trump may have trust issues in his marriage as he seeks to find out the mole who reportedly was instrumental in the FBI search warrant executed at Mar-a-Lago on Monday.
On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that following a June meeting with the FBI at Mar-a-Lago, "someone familiar with the stored papers told investigators there may be still more classified documents at the private club after the National Archives retrieved 15 boxes earlier in the year, people familiar with the matter said.
Following the report, prominent conservative attorney George Conway wondered on Twitter, "Who is CI-1?"
Under standard abbreviation in a federal court filing, "CI-1" would refer to the first "confidential information" mentioned, with subsequent CIs receiving subsequent numbers.
Peter Strzok, who served as deputy assistant FBI director running the counterintelligence division responded to Conway, wondering "And -2? And -3?"
Strzok posted a photo of legendary CIA counterintelligence official James Angelton, who was the top Russian spy hunter for two decades during the cold war.
"So much paranoia in a mole hunt, no one to trust, so much to do, so much to lose, so many walls closing in so fast," Strzok explained.
He noted it also "might be Melanie" Trump, the former president's third wife who spent four years as his first lady.
Conway added, "If there's probable cause for a physical search, there could be probable cause to intercept electronic communications and phone calls."
After the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago on Monday and seized the cellphone of Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) on Tuesday, the DOJ is now reportedly dropping subpoenas inside the Pennsylvania state Capitol.
"Federal investigators delivered subpoenas or paid visits to several House and Senate Republican offices in the Pennsylvania Capitol on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to multiple sources," PennLive reported on Wednesday. "At least some of the individuals receiving subpoenas were told they were not targets of an investigation, according to at least six sources reached by PennLive, but that they may have information of interest to the FBI. All of the sources had been briefed on the investigative moves in some way, but demanded anonymity in order to discuss them."
GOP leaders did not confirm whether members of their caucuses were subpoenaed.
"The information being requested centered around U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and the effort to seek alternate electors as part of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to remain in office after the 2020 election, several sources said," PennLive reported. "Perry, a York County Republican in his 5th term in the House, has come under as much scrutiny as any Pennsylvania office-holder over his involvement in Trump’s efforts to stay in power after his 2020 election loss to Joe Biden. The primary focus on Perry from multiple congressional investigations that have played publicly has been his connection to former Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Clark, one of the few Department of Justice officials who appeared to be sympathetic to Trump’s false claims that the vote in several swing states had been rigged against him."
State Sen. Doug Mastriano, who is now the GOP nominee for governor, was considered by Trump campaign to be the "point person" for the alternate electors slate, The New York Times reported in July.
PennLive noted, "The Trump slate included a number of well-known GOP luminaries, including former congressman Lou Barletta, Allegheny County Republican Committee Chairman Sam DeMarco III, Comfort, the current vice-chair of the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee, and Andy Reilly, one of Pennsylvania’s members on the Republican National Committee."
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