New details revealed in Florida Republican's plot to disrupt the 2020 election

New details have been released in the investigation of former Florida State Sen Frank Artiles (R) over his involvement in running "scam" campaigns in an attempt to disrupt the 2020 election.

With his trial expected to begin August 30, prosecutors are firming up their case against the former GOP lawmaker in a political corruption case the Tampa Bay Times reports, "has roped in prominent players across Florida over the last several months, including a GOP-linked research firm in Gainesville, a top not-for-profit Miami hospital network and a veteran Republican operative who leads a Tallahassee-based political organization."

According to the Miami Herald, new revelations show that Florida political operative Alex Alvarado -- linked to Artiles -- was funneling money to sham campaign officials in an effort to disrupt key 2020 state Senate elections.

The report notes that "documents released late Friday, provide new details into the breadth of the criminal investigation into Artiles and his longtime acquaintance, Alexis Pedro Rodriguez."

"Prosecutors say Rodriguez was recruited by Artiles and paid some $44,000 to change his party affiliation from Republican to no party to qualify on the ballot and attempt to sway the outcome of the Miami-Dade Senate District 37 election. GOP candidate Illeana Garcia won the race by 32 votes. Rodriguez, who shared the same surname as the Democratic incumbent, received more than 6,000 votes," the Herald reports. "Between June 15 and November 15, 2020, Artiles was under contract to work for veteran Republican political operative Pat Bainter for $15,000 a month, court documents show. Bainter paid Artiles $90,000 and reimbursed him for his travel, a courier service and $4,000 for 'research,' according to those documents."

As part of the scam, one woman who was pregnant and desperate for money agreed to take $1,500 to chair a political committee with no plans to have her do any work.

In testimony 25-year-old Hailey DeFilippis, explained to investigators she was listed as the chair of "The Truth, a dark-money-funded political committee that spent $180,000 on political mail advertisements promoting sham candidates in key 2020 state Senate elections — two in Miami-Dade and one in Central Florida."

She was later paid $2,500 more for the "inconvenience" after reporters called up asking about the group.

"Artiles signed a contract with Bainter on June 9, 2020. The next day, Rodriguez met Artiles at Artiles' Palmetto Bay residence to fill out campaign forms, according to investigators who noted in an arrest affidavit that Rodriguez had 'no prior knowledge as to what forms needed to be completed to qualify as a candidate for elected office and relied on Artiles' instructions.,'" the report adds. "Neither Bainter nor Gardner have responded to phone calls or emails seeking comment since the Herald learned they were served subpoenas. The powerful GOP-linked research firm, based in Gainesville, also served as a general consultant for Republican Senate campaigns during the 2020 election cycle."

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34-year-old who joked on Twitter about not being vaccinated dies from COVID-19: report

According to a report from KCAL Los Angeles, a 34-year-old man who joked six weeks ago that he had not been vaccinated against COVID-19 died from the novel coronavirus this week after documenting on his social media accounts his declining health while asking for prayers.

The report states that Stephen Harmon, a graduate of Hillson College, made his last social media post on Wednesday just before he was intubated.

He wrote, "i'm choosing to go under intubation, i've fought this thing as hard as i can but unfortunately it's reached a point of critical choice & as much as i hate having to do this i'd rather it be willingness than forced emergency procedure. don't know when i'll wake up, please pray."

Six weeks ago he mocked the idea of getting vaccinated by tweeting, "If you're having email problems, I feel back for you, son. I got 99 problems, but a vax ain't one."

The report goes on to note that he posted pictures of his health decline on his Instagram account.

You can watch the KCAL report below:

Stephen Harmon, Corona Man Who Tweeted About Refusing To Get Vaccinated, Dies From COVID-19

Stephen Harmon, Corona Man Who Tweeted About Refusing To Get Vaccinated, Dies From COVID-19

Three days before his death, Stephen Harmon tweeted, "If you don't have faith that God can heal me over your stupid ventilator then keep the Hell out of my ICU room, there's no room in here for fear or lack of faith!"

Blame Trump for unleashing a wave of 'insufferable Karens' on the country: columnist

In a biting column for the Daily Beast, Erin Gloria Ryan makes a compelling case that four years of Donald Trump's bullying, petulance and shamelessness has been a major factor in the rise of so-called "Karens" -- Americans who lash out in ugly ways and expose their inner bigot when they don't get their way.

While "I'd like to speak to your manager" has always been a common consumer complaint, Ryan said she couldn't help but notice that the behavior of the former president -- who is still whining, lying and lashing out because he lost the election -- is mirrored in the many videos that now litter social media of people behaving horrifically when told "no."

"For every Karen or Kevin who gets their just desserts, there are untold numbers of abusive customers, passengers, patrons, and shoppers who do get away with it, and the problem seems to be getting worse. Restaurant workers who returned to understaffed restaurants report that customer shitheadery is at an all-time high" she wrote before adding, "Predictions that the summer of 2021 would be both horny and chill have turned out to be sorely mistaken. Instead, all across the country, some Americans decided to get their pandemic ya-yas out by abusing the wait staff, flight attendants, bartenders, receptionists, baristas, nail technicians, cashiers… any worker whose job is to deal with customers, reset expectations, enforce rules."

Which, in turn, led her to remark upon the remarkable similarities between employee bullying and how Donald Trump conducts himself.

"Donald Trump's presidency damaged our standing in the global community, our public health, our government, and our democracy, but he's also done irreparable harm to the American personality, attracting people who were already kind of shitheads in the first place and encouraging them to give into their worst impulses and then cry and break things when they don't get their way," she wrote before noting "When I watch a video where a man is dragged off an airplane after refusing to wear a mask, I see a COVID-riddled President Trump ripping off his mask as he gasps for air on the steps of the White House after being released from Walter Reed. When I watch a diner screaming anti-Asian racial slurs at restaurant staff, I hear President Trump telling CBS News' Weija Jiang to 'ask China' about COVID-19. When a patron threatens to call ICE on a Texas restaurant because of its mask mandate, I hear Trump calling Mexican immigrants 'rapists.'"

Ryan goes to add that the January 6th insurrection that led to lawmakers from both sides of the aisle fleeing the Capitol to escape a violent crowd of Donald Trump supporters, angry because their man lost, was nothing less than "the ultimate Karen tantrum ....demanding to speak to the manager and then, when their demands were not placated, trying to destroy reality rather than live in it."

At the root of Karen and Trump behavior, she writes, is the inability to feel shame and belief that if you argue long enough you'll get your way.

"Trump demonstrated to this country that being an insufferable prick is a great way to get one's way," she wrote. "Once a person's sense of entitlement grows larger than their ability to feel empathy, they also inoculate themselves against shame. And shameless jerks have almost unlimited capacity to ruin everybody else's day. If you're a jerk for long enough and you don't care that everybody you're dealing with thinks you're a jerk, eventually the other party will get tired of dealing with you and give up. And you win."

Ryan concluded, "Trumpy tantrums, whether they take place in Washington or an Olive Garden in Mishawaka, Indiana, should not be tiptoed around, or given a respectful audience. Responding to these antics with anything but derision and denial teaches the fit-thrower that behaving badly gets good results. We can't let the worst customers at the restaurant dictate what's on the menu."

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Alan Dershowitz wanted nothing to do with Trump's latest lawsuit: report

According to a report from the Daily Beast's Adam Rawnsley and Asawin Suebsaeng, members of Donald Trump's inner circle reached out to noted attorney Alan Dershowitz to contribute to the former president's class-action lawsuit against the big tech companies for booting him off their platforms and Dershowitz took a pass.

With great fanfare the former president announced the lawsuit during a press conference at his Bedminster golf resort, calling it an attempt to put an "end to the shadow-banning, a stop to the silencing, and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing, and canceling that you know so well."

Despite Trump basing his suit on 1st Amendment grounds -- a specialty of Dershowitz who is advising MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in his legal squabble with Dominion Voting Systems -- the attorney reportedly stayed away from Trump's latest lawsuit.

"Two people familiar with the matter tell The Daily Beast that lawyers for the Trump class-action lawsuit against big tech companies reached out to Dershowitz in an attempt to enlist his support in the case. Specifically, the sources say, Trump's legal team has asked the celebrity attorney if he would write a filing for the lawsuit, potentially an affidavit, in support of the First Amendment and free speech arguments leveled against the companies," the report states. "But lately, Dershowitz has been acting less than enthusiastically about the prospect, the sources said. His reluctance marks another bump in the road for a legal crusade that legal scholars call a fundraising 'stunt' doomed to eventual dismissal in federal court."

Rawnsley and Suebsaeng add, "on this one, Dershowitz isn't even jumping at the chance to submit an affidavit, at least for now," before adding "Dershowitz told The Daily Beast that he 'can't discuss any conversations that may or may not have happened' on the matter."

Trump has come under fire for using his lawsuits and attempts to overthrow the 2020 presidential election results to fundraise, with questions being raised about where the money is going.

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New questions raised over Saudi and Emirates' influence over White House after Trump pal arrested: columnist

According to New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, the arrest this past week of billionaire real estate investor Tom Barrack -- who was also one of Donald Trump's biggest backers -- should be raising red flags over how much influence he exerted in the White House during the former president's tenure and whether it is deserving of another Congressional investigation.

Under the proactive headline that asked, "A Foreign Agent in Trump's Inner Circle?" Goldberg wrote that documents included in the arrest of Barrack for allegedly violating foreign lobbying laws seem to indicate that he was promising his Middle Eastern contacts that he would push their "agendas" with Trump in office.

As Goldberg wrote, "Barrack's arrest is important. Trump's dealings with the Emirates and Saudi Arabia deserve to be investigated as thoroughly as his administration's relationship with Russia. So far that hasn't happened," with the columnist also noting that Rep. Adam Schiff made a point of telling Robert Mueller, "We did not bother to ask whether financial inducements from any Gulf nations were influencing U.S. policy, since it is outside the four corners of your report, and so we must find out."

According to Goldberg, there is no better time than the present after the Barrack indictment.

Making her case, she wrote, "The bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Russian election interference discusses an August 2016 Trump Tower meeting whose attendees included Donald Trump Jr., George Nader, then an adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the Emirates' de facto ruler, and Joel Zamel, owner of an Israeli private intelligence company, Psy-Group," before adding, "If the allegations in the Barrack indictment are true, it means that while an adviser to the Emirates was offering the Trump campaign election help, an Emirati agent was also shaping Trump's foreign policy, even inserting the country's preferred language into one of the candidate's speeches. Prosecutors say that Barrack told a high-level figure they call 'Emirati Official 2' that he had staffed the Trump campaign."

Adding Barrack, "... is said to have traveled to the Emirates to strategize with its leadership about what they wanted from the administration during its first 100 days, first six months, first year and first term," Goldberg highlighted, from the report, "...prosecutors say another alleged Emirati agent named Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi — also indicted on Tuesday — texted Barrack: 'Our ppl wants u to help. They were hoping you can officially run the agendas.' According to the indictment, Barrack replied, 'I will!' Later, Barrack reportedly called Alshahhi 'the secret weapon to get Abu Dhabi's plan initiated' by Trump."

"Throughout his presidency, Trump could scarcely have been a more accommodating ally to the Emirates and to Saudi Arabia, whose crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was a protégé of Prince Mohammed bin Zayed. Trump's first foreign trip was to Saudi Arabia," the columnist wrote. "Of Trump's 10 presidential vetoes, five dealt with issues of concern to the Emirates and Saudi Arabia."

"There is no reason to attribute all of Trump's solicitude to Barrack. Trump likes and admires gaudy dictators and has his own financial interests in the Emirates. Barrack introduced Jared Kushner to some of his Gulf associates, but Kushner had his own reasons for pursuing alliances with them, particularly his push to get more Muslim countries to normalize relations with Israel," she added before concluding. "Still, if a member of Trump's inner circle turns out to have been an Emirati agent, that's a big deal. It's a reminder of all we still don't know about what went into the foreign policy of the most corrupt presidency in American history."

You can read the whole piece here.

'FORMER' fan Trump flips out over Cleveland Indians name change: 'The people will not take it anymore!'

Always one to weigh in on any red meat topic, former president Donald Trump took time out from his day to rage at the Major League Baseball's Cleveland franchise for changing the team's mascot from the "Indians" to the "Guardians."

While a little late to the party, Trump issued a statement through spokesperson Liz Harrington to get around his Twitter ban -- which read, in part, "Can anybody believe that the Cleveland Indians, a storied and cherished baseball franchise since taking the name in 1915, are changing their name to the Guardians?" before adding, "Such a disgrace..."

Trump went on to state, "and I guarantee that the people who are most angry about it are the many Indians of our Country," before eventually concluding, "A small group of people, with absolutely crazy ideas and policies, is forcing these changes to destroy our culture and heritage. At some point, the people will not take it anymore!"

You can see his statement below:

'Not too late to delete this': Ted Cruz attacks Cleveland baseball team for ditching 'Indians' name -- and it blows up in his face

Senator Ted Cruz's latest attempt to be relatable and clever ended up blowing up in his face on Friday morning after he weighed in on the announcement from Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians that they will change their mascot to the Guardians next season in honor of iconic statues close to the stadium.

The team had announced previously they would be dropping the Indians' name after eliminating the cartoonish and offensive Chief Wahoo logo.

Seeing a multitude of conservatives gnashing their teeth at the name change -- calling it "cancel culture" -- Cruz dove in by writing "Why does MLB hate Indians?" over a link from MLB displaying the new array of Guardian logos.

Needless to say, Cruz's attempt at what he probably thinks is funny or trenchant social commentary didn't gain the Texas Republican any new fans as some of the comments below show:

WATCH: Biden leaves conservative reporter speechless after bringing up the GOP's QAnon problem

A blunt-talking President Joe Biden shut down a conservative reporter on Thursday night who asked if Democrats are defunding police departments -- firing back with a question about a QAnon claim that left the reporter grasping for an answer.

As Biden walked across the South Lawn, he engaged with Shelby Talcott from the conservative Daily Caller following his town hall event in Cincinnati. The exchange went like this, according to White House transcripts:

"Mr. President, can you clarify what you said about no — that there's no — no one in the Democratic Party is anti-police"' Talcott asked.

"I didn't say that," Biden replied before adding, " I said that that — that is not the Democratic Party's position. I'm the Democratic Party; I am President. So is the Speaker of the House and so is the –- the Majority Leader. We are not defunding the police."

"Okay," she replied before asking, "And are there people who — in the Democratic Party, who want to defund the police?"

"Are there people in the Republican Party who think we're sucking the blood out of kids?" Biden shot back. His response left Talcott fumbling as Biden stared then turned on his heel and walked away.

Biden's comments has since infuriated conservatives -- a sampling of which can be seen below:

Donald Trump Jr. pushes girlfriend Guilfoyle as Meghan McCain's replacement on The View -- and it doesn't go well

Responding to a report from the East Bay Times that former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle is being considered for the "conservative" seat on ABC's "The View," boyfriend Donald Trump Jr. gave his current girlfriend his whole-hearted endorsement on Twitter, which was not received well.

According to the report, the ABC talk show is looking to fill the seat that is being vacated by Meghan McCain -- the daughter of the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) -- which has traditionally been held by a conservative personality.

The Daily Mail is reporting, "The names of controversial media personalities being floated include Kimberly Guilfoyle, Megyn Kelly and Candace Owens."

That, in turn, led Trump Jr. to tweet: "LOL, hey ⁦@ABC⁩ even I'd tune in to see ⁦@kimguilfoyle⁩ do this. Kim vs the other 4 doesn't seem like a fair fight though. You may need a few more libs"... which led critics of the son of former president Donald Trump to point out Guilfoyle's scandal-plagued firing at Fox News.

You can see a few responses below:

Conservative city councilman schooled by CNN's Keilar after dismissing COVID masks during combative interview

CNN "New Day" host Brianna Keilar was forced to call out a Los Angeles official multiple times during a combative Friday morning interview after he kept repeating misleading COVID-19 misinformation -- while admitting that he is not a doctor nor does he have a background in science.

Torrance City Council Member Aurelio Mattucci appeared on CNN to lodge his unhappiness with a new mask mandate in LA County in an effort to slow the spread of a COVID-19 variant that is sending unvaccinated Americans to the hospital in frightening numbers.

Speaking with the CNN host, Mattucci maintained that masks -- which have been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) -- are not particularly effective, which caused Keilar to pull him up short.

"Well, I think the bottom line is that this mask mandate is overstepping the boundaries of what government's role is in our lives," the lawmaker stated. " I understand a year and a half ago we had, you know, we had a very good reason to just follow, follow the science and see what would happen. We're a year and a half into it and I think the people, especially here in Torrance, in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, we're a completely different animal than the rest of the county. We are looking to be independent."

"So a group of us -- group of 11 elected officials, we joined in on a letter to the Board of Supervisors here in Los Angeles County demanding the reversal of what we find to be an order that is just unjust," he added.

"What did you think about the mask mandate during the height of the biggest surge in Los Angeles? Did it make sense to you then? Was that something you were in favor of?" Keilar pressed.

"Well, I think, you know, I mean not necessarily because I really didn't feel like a piece of cloth would stop a virus. I don't think the virus is --," he replied leading to Keilar to cut him off with, "Sir, it does in many cases."

"I'm sure it does in some cases," Mattucci replied before adding, "I really don't think a microparticle is going to be stopped by a piece of cloth like this."

"No, but it does. I'm just saying -- I mean, to a layperson that might not -- it may seem that way, but scientists say actually it does," the CNN host said.

"I think it stops projectile of somebody sneezing and coughing, but everyday -- going about every day -- again, that's not really the argument here," he attempted.

"That's central to the argument here about masking," the CNN shot back.

After discussing the new wave of COVID-19-related illnesses with Mattucci making claims about the science and then backing off and saying he's not a doctor, Keilar ended the interview with a warning to viewers without letting him reply.

"Councilmember, I appreciate you coming on," she began while addressing the camera. "I just need to be very clear with our viewers. I mean, I think they are pretty clear on this but masks do work. They slow the spread. They save lives, and we, while we may not be scientists, there is a difference between not being a scientist and listening to one or not being a scientist and not listening to one."

Watch below:

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Trump's 'closest supporters' were 'panicked' at the danger he was putting the country in during his last year: WaPo reporter

Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, Washington Post reporter Carol Leonning said that during her interviews with Donald Trump's inner circle, she was struck by the panic they expressed while believing he was putting the country in "peril."

Speaking with hosts Brianna Keillar and John Avlon, Leonnig -- the co-author of the bombshell book "I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year" along with colleague Philip Rucker -- said the one thing she came away from in interviews with the former president was that everything he did, he did for his own benefit.

"Phil and I kept seeing that, basically, his priorities were his political gain, not American democracy, not American safety, not American lives," she recalled. "It became pretty tragic and with huge consequences in 2020 a year when there was a real crisis."

"He did not have the tool kit for that because he was thinking about winning the day, winning the news cycle, short-term, my political fortune, re-election," she continued. "And I think what Phil and I found the most shocking, even though we covered this in realtime, the thing we found the most shocking as we interviewed more and more people is how panicked some of his most ardent supporters were about the peril he was willing to put America in -- again for his gain."

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'Nauseating' Mike Pence sucked up to Jared Kushner during COVID-19 Task Force meetings: book

According to a report from Business Insider, Vice President Mike Pence -- who was supposed to be heading up the White House COVID-19 Task Force -- continually deferred to White House adviser and Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner to the point where other task force members suggested he was sounding like a "supplicant."

Based on reporting from "I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year" by Washington Post journalists Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, Insider notes that some task members found Pence's behavior "nauseating" during the early days of the health crisis.

According to the report, "In the book, the authors said in one COVID task force meeting, it was 'awkwardly clear' to those sitting in that Kushner was the one calling the shots, not Pence. The authors wrote that the former vice president asked during the meeting: 'Jared, what do you think?' and 'Jared, what would you do?'" before adding, "Meanwhile, Kushner was leading the session, examining data presented to him by Trump coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx and '(challenging) other speakers' in the meeting."

The report goes on to note, "Kushner's sizeable shadow role in the COVID response might not be much of a surprise to those who read about his self-described COVID 'impact squad' last year. Dubbed the 'Slim Suit Crowd' by FEMA veterans, the team was composed of private-sector individuals with little public health experience."

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Trump infuriated an Aerosmith guitarist with a 'skeevy' comment about women in front of his wife: report

According to a report from Business Insider, fledgling presidential candidate Donald Trump hung out backstage with the rock band Aerosmith before one of his debates with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and proceeded to anger lead guitarist Joe Perry with an offensive remark in front of the band member's wife.

The report notes that band members scored tickets to the debate in Cleveland and were invited backstage where the New York businessman bantered with members of the group instead of doing last-minute prep before taking on his 2016 Democratic opponent.

According to Business Insider, all went well until Trump made an off-hand comment in front of Perry and his wife that "soured" their relationship with him and later led to them banning him from using their songs at his rallies.

The report from Business Insider states Trump made a "skeevy remark about casual sex."

"On the way out the door, Trump says something about, 'Rock stars have all the ladies,' which apparently Perry got mad at, because he's been married for decades and takes all that stuff pretty seriously," according to Trump's then-general counsel Donald McGahn.

The report adds the band later considered suing the now-ex-president, with Insider reporting, "The awkward get-together didn't even benefit Trump's campaign playlist. [Singer Steven] Tyler has repeatedly warned Trump about blasting Aerosmith songs at his political rallies, peppering the campaign with multiple cease and desist letters in 2015 and 2018."

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'Why not leave office too?': Lindsey Graham buried for boasting he'll flee DC to avoid infrastructure vote

Critics of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are ready to bid him goodbye and safe travels after he told Fox Business personality Maria Bartiromo he would rather flee the nation's capital than vote on an infrastructure bill that would help his constituents.

Taking his cue from Texas Democrats who left the state to stymie the passage of a voter suppression bill, Graham boasted, "Hell, yeah, I would leave," which many critics of Donald Trump's biggest defender in the Senate agreed would improve things considerably in Congress.

So they let him know -- as you can see below:

Arizona audit chief's claim about 74,000 suspicious ballots demolished by CNN

An attempt to create doubt about the legitimacy of over 74,000 ballots cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 presidential election was slapped aside by CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale in a column published on Sunday morning.

In an appearance before the Republican-dominated state Senate in Arizona, Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan -- who has been trying to prove voter fraud robbed Donald Trump of the state's 11 Electoral College votes -- advocated going door-to-door to prove the legitimacy of a batch of mail-in ballots.

"For example, we have 74,243 mail-in ballots where there is no clear record of them being sent," he claimed before adding the caveat that a "clerical error" may be to blame.

That claim was immediately amplified by Trump and his spokesperson Liz Harrington as proof of fraud which led Dale to investigate.

According to Dale, "There is no evidence of either fraud or any significant error with these ballots, and certainly not 'magically appearing ballots.' Both Maricopa County and outside experts say there is a simple explanation for the gap Logan claimed had not been explained: the existence of in-person early voting. Contrary to Logan's claims, the ballot lists he was talking about include not only mail-in ballots but also ballots cast early in person."

He went on to add, "Here's why it's entirely normal for Maricopa County's submitted-ballots list to include a significant number of votes that do not match up with entries on the requested-ballots list. After the deadline to request a mail-in ballot, which was October 23 in 2020, the requested-ballot list doesn't get updated by the county. But the submitted-ballots list does get updated after that October 23 deadline -- with the votes of in-person early voters."

To back up his push-back to Logan's suggestion of fraud, Dale cited Garrett Archer, an election analyst at ABC15 in Phoenix.

According to the CNN contributor, "Archer explained that the county stops updating the requested-ballots list, known as 'EV32,' after the last day people can request a mail ballot, October 23. So ballots cast in person after October 23, Archer said, were included on the submitted-ballots list, known as 'EV33,' but did not have a corresponding item on the 'EV32' requested-ballots list. Archer analyzed the files and found that there were 74,241 ballots on the submitted-ballots list without a corresponding entry on the requested-ballots list -- nearly identical to the figure Logan cited, '74,243.' But Archer found that more than 99.9% of the ballots in question were recorded in the submitted-ballots list on October 26 or later."

Summing up the confusion, Dale wrote, "That is in line with the October 23 cut-off date Archer had previously noted for the requested-ballots list. The explanation: October 24 and 25 were weekend days when county clerks didn't update the submitted-ballot list, Archer said, so they added the ballots cast by in-person voters on those weekend days to the submitted-ballot totals starting on October 26."

You can read more here.

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