WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Whoa.
NEW: Mesa County search warrants show investigators want logs, docs, texts, voicemail, email from Clerk Tina Peters (R) and her office regarding election voting equipment. Also seeking Peters’ cell phones to review stored media. (Replaced prior tweet w/personal info) #copolitics pic.twitter.com/tFZ5l42WZT
— Marshall Zelinger (@Marshall9News) August 18, 2021
UPDATE: Fugitive from justice, anyone?
Lindell is talking about Tina Peters this morning. Says he is helping her stay at a “safe place.” According to audio of cyber Josh Merritt Lindell shared yesterday, Peters is in Texas. pic.twitter.com/pWgSzsuqxb
— Heidi Beedle (@HeidiBeedle) August 17, 2021
It seems to us as though Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters ought be in Colorado where so many people want to talk to her, for example the Mesa County DA and the FBI. On the upside, if Peters is on the lam she can’t complain much about being relieved of her elections duties.
How will it end? Your guess is as good as ours, but it’s getting crazier by the minute.
CNN updates with the latest developments in the investigation into a security breach in the Mesa County clerk’s office that resulted in passwords and data from Dominion Voting Systems election computers being publicly distributed by Ron Watkins, who is alleged to be in large part behind the “QAnon” conspiracy theory movement.
Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, who fled the state last week while search warrants were executed on her office to attend Mike Lindell’s thoroughly discredited “Cyber Symposium,” could get a one-way ticket to Club Fed before all is said and done:
The FBI Denver field office has joined a Colorado district attorney’s investigation into the County Clerk’s office and how voting machine logins from the county wound up in a QAnon-affiliated video, an FBI spokeswoman told CNN.
Voting machine logins from Mesa County were featured in an August 3 video posted on a QAnon-affiliated Telegram channel about 2020 election fraud claims.
In a press conference last week, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold blamed Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters for the leak, saying the secretary of state’s office could not establish a verifiable chain of custody for the machines, and that Peters brought a “non-employee” to a May 25 “trusted build” meeting where closely guarded voting machine login credentials were visible to attendees. Griswold said her employees had been misled to believe that the “non-employee” in question was a county employee.
The FBI joining the case is important for two reasons: first and foremost obviously they are investigating potential violations of federal law. But there’s also been some concern expressed as this scandal has developed that fellow Republican Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein might not be as eager to press charges against Peters out of partisan loyalty. The FBI in addition to Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s close eye on the situation should go a long way toward encouraging Rubinstein to faithfully execute his responsibilities.
Meanwhile, as the Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby reports, the usual-suspect far-right mobs who have been showing up to Mesa County Board of Commissioner meetings to threaten civil war over having to wear facemasks turned out in force yesterday to defend Tina Peters:
Earlier on Monday, a large group of Mesa County residents asked the county commissioners to condemn Griswold for her investigation and to stand behind Peters, saying the clerk is a hero for trying to uncover cracks in the state’s election system…
Monday’s appearance by two dozen local residents, many of whom were part of an effort in June calling on the county to declare itself a “constitutional sanctuary,” questioned the results of the 2020 election, all offering anecdotal evidence to support their claims.
When these same angry mobs were threatening civil war over public health orders to control the spread of COVID-19 a few weeks ago, the all-Republican Mesa County Board of Commissioners found itself in the strange position of having to argue against the message of the area’s representative in Congress, Rep. Lauren Boebert. After all, Boebert’s regular attacks on preventative measures and the “experimental vaccine” directly fueled the fire of the mob who showed up to threaten Mesa County commissioners. It’s difficult to have sympathy for Republicans who have benefited from this same irrational political movement when it turns and bites them as it has in Mesa County, but the conflict was and remains highly revealing.
In that spirit we turn to Commissioner Janet Rowland, who can best be described as distastefully conservative, yet nonetheless rebutted yesterday’s mob questioning the results of the 2020 elections so perfectly we couldn’t have written it better ourselves:
“There is an ongoing investigation, not just by the Secretary of State, but by our own elected district attorney, Dan Rubinstein, who I’m guessing most of you voted for,” Rowland said…
“When I hear questions about the election results being compromised in Mesa County, what I hear is you are saying (U.S. Rep.) Lauren Boebert wasn’t legally elected in Mesa County,” Rowland said. [Pols emphasis] “(Rep.) Janice Rich, (Rep.) Matt Soper, (commissioners) Janet Rowland, Cody Davis, none of us were legally elected, there was fraud. That’s what I hear. I’m having a hard time understanding that.”
Folks, Janet Rowland is not just right. With one simple counterpoint, Rowland has effectively refuted every Republican–especially every Republican elected to office in 2020–who claims without evidence that the 2020 elections were stolen. Because if we can’t trust the system in one case, how can we trust it in any case? Boebert has no answer for this, neither does Rep. Matt Soper who baselessly second-guessed Dominion Voting Systems hardware after his preferred candidates lost the Grand Junction City Council elections last spring–despite his own victory the prior November being counted on Dominion machines.
By the time this is over, Mesa County’s Republican commissioners, simply by being forced to confront the byproducts of Republican misinformation in their jurisdiction, could do more to undo the GOP narrative in 2021 than any Democrat possibly could. For whatever reason, this deep-red county is where the rubber of Republican rhetoric is meeting the road–and it is not going well.
Every American should know what’s happening here.
If I won the election, there was no fraud. If I lost, there was.
If I like it even though it's not true, it's fantastic journalism. If I don't and it is true, it's fake news.
If it's a Democrat, lock her up. If it's me, I am being politically targeted.
If it's Antifa, start shooting the savage criminals. If it's the idiots storming the Capitol, it's just a peaceable assembly.
Trumpism is nothing more than a giant ball of contradictions in a feeble attempt to provide cover for unethical and criminal behavior, and makes no sense whatsoever.
Enjoy jail Tina !
Let's not forget the reported mentions by Ashby, Griswold of Peters also making copies of two hard drives?
"Every American should know what’s happening here."
I would be pretty happy if every Mesa County voter knew.
The list of things I wish every American knew is long.
How is Texas safe? Seems likely their power grid will not freeze for awhile.
But its governor tested positive for COVID after attending a large
fundraisingsuper spreader event.
Nothing says "thank you" to people who write big checks for the candidate like than the candidate infecting the donors.
When you've lost Janet "Beastiality Rant" Rowland, you really have lost your base, Tina Peters…..
As for people in Colorado wanting to talk with her, I suspect her lawyers will tell her to clam up and plead the Fifth.
What a frigging moron.
I am not a lawyer. But I do not think her lawyer (s) will call her a frigging moron.
I could be wrong.
Wow, as the good Dr. Thompson once said:
Digression, but you should be sitting down for this shocker.
Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas has tested positive for COVID!
And sorry, R&R, I should've read your earlier comment on Abbott more carefully.
Republicans had been wondering who would step up to be candidates for statewide office. With all this publicity, perhaps Tina Peters is positioning herself to pursue a higher profile job.
Sec of State Griswold's announcement today: https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/newsRoom/pressReleases/2021/PR20210817MesaCounty.html
So, Ms. Peters will have a bit of spare time.
why the rush? "Given the deadline to purchase, certify, and install trusted build on election equipment before August 31st, a swift appointment was required to ensure safe and secure elections in Mesa County."
I do hope we learn what the Republicans in charge have done to the County Clerk & Recorder's budget.
That's a real in-your-face appointment by Griswold. Definitely no love lost between Reiner and the present commissioners. Those three want Wayne Williams who just happens to shill for a rival nothing machine company and guess who has to buy new voting equipment.
Has anyone figured out what Tina Peters and company were trying to accomplish? I have read several articles, but I can't figure out what they were trying to do. Why make copies of the hard drives? Why put the passwords on the internet?
Maybe the same reason they unplugged the security cameras, then used their county IDs to get into the building after hours? Maybe they're idiots?
In general I agree that when "stupidity" is a valid explanation for why someone did something, stop looking.
Also, the first rule of Dunning Krueger is people do not know that they do not know. So, unless evidence can demonstrate otherwise, I am going with Occam.
TazJen, you might gain perspective by reading through this entire thread. Heavy disclaimer – I'm not saying it's gospel truth, it could be just one person's story line. I did not take the time to watch all the videos linked with the thread.
Thanks. That's disturbingly plausible
No fraud has been proven…anywhere. So Peters/Pillow Guy and their ilk provided some.
In their twisted minds.
Actually fraud has been proven. The guy in Chaffee County who allegedly killed his wife voted her ballot for Trump, along with his. There also is the guy in Pennsylvania who got caught voting twice for Trump.
It's happened, but not as the far right would want it.
The Supervisors have decided to create a new power for the Supervisors and to deny the state law regarding the power of the Secretary of State.
Seems like a strange law suit and an awkward time to pick a fight. It will be headline grabbing, so is it possible one of the supes is running for guv? or Senate?
I know – they plan to partner with the rogues from Oregon, secede and join Utah.
I think the rogues wanted to join Idaho. They would not like Utah now that Governor Cox has written to Joe Biden inviting Afghan refugees to Utah.
Aaaaaaand of course now the Mesa Co. Commissioners are going to war with Griswold so they can try to install a Trumpist in the Clerk’s office: Commissioners set up fight with SoS over elections overseer | Breaking News | gjsentinel.com
Remember when good ol’ Wayne threw his lot in with Trump’s conspiracy theorists? Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams turns over state voter data to White House commission | News | coloradopolitics.com
yeah…Wayne and I exchanged a few emails about this…it really didn't matter in the end, but my point was, he blindly and without any critical thought process, gave in to the corruption…
so…the republicans got caught setting up to cheat in the upcoming election…I wonder where else this is happening…
If the Republicans aren't getting caught elsewhere, it probably means they're smarter elsewhere? . . .
. . . I know — kinda' goes without saying, huh?
Based on the silence out of Arizona from the Cyber Ninjas regarding mythical cheating by Democratic candidates which turned up nada or the MyPillow piss ant proving nothing, it's on to Plan B which is to rig the machines themselves for their candidates. I guess they might also being trying to steal the Dominion software so they can create hoax versions to release and get hysterical about. Definitely not going in the direction of free and fair elections.
So the SOS set up a supervising committee to over see elections in Mesa County — where there is smoke, there's got to be fire in this instance.
Another question arises when discussing Tina Peters. If she HAS fled the state, does this mean she has also abandoned her elected post?
The question is WHY would she leave the state? She works in the 2nd biggest MAGAT center in the state behind Colorado Springs. If federal crimes have been committed, the feds can arrest her in Texas as easily as Grand Junction. Makes absolutely no sense to leave the state unless it is an actual “vacation”.
She's likely been "on vacation" since she got elected.
Those incompetent and worthless government employees.
Any Fluffy sightings throughout this debacle? Maybe Tina's hiding in his basement?
Probably busy trying to buy his new shirt.
I think it is important to remember that like the Jan. 6th insurrectionists, Trump doesn't care if Ms Peters goes to jail. The minions are disposable people in his world view.
Quite true. Rudy Giuliani, Michael Cohen, and Mike Pence can attest to that.