Grand Jury Gets Mesa County Election Tampering Case

Heidi Ganahl and Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters.

As Denver7’s Stephanie Butzer reports, Attorney General Phil Weiser and Mesa County DA Dan Rubenstein are turning the case of Mesa County Clerk’s alleged tampering with election machines in a fruitless attempt to prove the “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen over to a grand jury:

In the announcement Thursday morning, Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said the grand jury investigation will be “thorough and guided by the facts and the law.”

Their full statement reads:

“Over the past few months, we have made progress in the multi-agency investigation into allegations of Mesa County election equipment tampering and official misconduct. The Mesa County grand jury accepted the case on January 12 and will assist with the investigation.

“A grand jury is an investigative body comprised of impartial citizens called from the community to serve. The grand jury is a core part of our criminal justice system, and the citizens who serve take their roles very seriously. Grand jury proceedings are secret and witnesses and people under investigation are dealt with privately to ensure fairness.”

A Mesa County grand jury considering state charges adds another dimension to Clerk Peters’ growing legal problems, being presumably distinct from the federal investigation disclosed by Sherronna Bishop into potential wire fraud stemming from the transmission of Dominion Voting Systems proprietary data to out-of-state conspiracy theorists after Peters assisted in its theft. Convening a grand jury also helps Rubenstein keep his promise made to Rep. Lauren Boebert that the investigation would be conducted fairly.

The underlying facts in this case haven’t changed. Despite a wave of clueless speculation, nothing in the data stolen and distributed by Peters has revealed a shred of evidence to support the “Big Lie.” And even if that wasn’t the case, there would be proper channels to make and investigate these kinds of claims that don’t involve stealing trade secrets and handing them over to the literal progenitor of “QAnon.”

As we’ve said repeatedly about this case and the “reality gap” between Peters’ unhinged supporters and reality-based critics, the bullshit ends at the courtroom door. We expect that will hold true equally for the grand jury.

5 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. RepealAndReplace says:

    It's a Mesa County grand jury? The same folks who voted for Q-bert and Tina Peters?

    Then there is a good chance that no one will be indicted.

  2. gertie97 says:

    Dan Rubenstein, the DA, lacks the guts to proceed with the case so he's taking the chicken's way out with the little-used grand jury route. No matter the outcome, he can blame the grand jury and dodge accountability for himself.

    From what little is known about it, the county grand jury is a standing one. It will do whatever Rubenstein wants it to do. I can't figure out what the DA is afraid of, honestly.

    Tina and her ilk are clowns. Local attorneys aren't clamoring to run for the job.


  3. Duke Cox says:

    One thing is for sure…

    This situation is testing the stability of the Republican framework that controls Mesa county. Another layer of cross-loyalties, testing relationships, and pissing people o off! 

    It cannot be much fun to be in Mesa county GOP leadership, just now.

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