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March 09, 2022 09:08 AM UTC

BREAKING: Clerk Tina Peters Indicted By Grand Jury

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  • by: Colorado Pols

UPDATE #2: Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and Deputy Clerk Belinda Knisley have turned themselves in and are making themselves comfortable at Mesa County Jail. Peters’ bond has been set at $500,000 all-cash in consideration of last August’s extended remote work session.

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Heidi Ganahl, Tina Peters.

UPDATE: The Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby:

If convicted on all charges, and if they run consecutively, Peters faces a maximum penalty of 28 years in jail and a $2.7 million in fines, while Knisley could see a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison and $2 million in fines.

Arrest warrants have been issued for the pair.

Colorado Public Radio says watch out, co-conspirators:

In a joint statement announcing the indictment, Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein and Attorney General Phil Weiser said, “This investigation is ongoing, and other defendants may be charged as we learn more information. We remind everyone that these are allegations at this point and that they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

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Breaking news this morning via 9NEWS’ Jeremy Jojola, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters has been indicted on multiple counts of official misconduct, criminal impersonation, and identity theft by a grand jury convened by fellow Republican DA Dan Rubenstein:

We’ll update with coverage and reactions. Keep in mind that these are the state charges Peters was facing over the theft and distribution of election system data in her failed attempt to prove the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump should still be President. A federal investigation into possible additional wire fraud charges remains ongoing.

But this is one of the moments you’ve been waiting for.

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31 thoughts on “BREAKING: Clerk Tina Peters Indicted By Grand Jury

    1. Peters will get that same 35 -40% support from the Qaucus even while serving her jail term. Remember when Republicans were the “Law and Order” party? I miss those days.

      1. I have it on good authority that not a few Republicans miss those days, too.  Forget taking the country back, can the few good souls left in the GOP take their party back?

  1. Co-conspirators? Can we please indict the "My Pillow Guy?" I know it will be a circus, but he and other oligarch-wannabes need to know that if you use your money to tamper with the election system, there will be consequences. It's bad enough that they can legally buy and sell politicians and elections, they should not be able to undermine the physical (electronic) election systems. 

    1. Being from the gambling capital of Colorado, I am betting that federal indictments will be issued for her out of state accomplices.  If anything, he was her money man financing her schemes.  It ain't over by a long shot.

      1. Is that like tracking Santa's sleigh?  He's here. He's there He is everywhere searching for the one conspiracy that links them all together.

  2. Anyone know if the district court calendar is current enough that these charges could be tried in the next six months? 

    Looking forward to the reactions of Republican Party chairs from Mesa County and Colorado.  From Mesa County's Republican Commissioners. From the other Republican candidates for Secretary of State.  And from candidates for the Mesa County Clerk's position.

    Probably too soon to ask all the candidates for Governor the hypothetical:  if Peters is elected and convicted, would they pardon her so she could serve?

    1. Well, that didn’t take TOO long: Axios Denver says

      GOP leader calls for Tina Peters to suspend campaign after indictment

      Burton Brown, who previously sought to walk a fine line and not overtly criticize Peters, acknowledged the trouble ahead.

      “The Republican Party is the party of law and order, and we need every Republican voter focused on getting Republicans and constitutional conservatives elected across Colorado in 2022,” she said in the statement. “Today, we are asking clerk Peters to consider what is best for the Republican Party in Colorado.”

      The official statement on the Republican Party webpage:

      Colorado GOP Statement on the Felony Indictment of SOS Candidate
      Basalt, Colorado – Colorado GOP Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown, Vice Chairwoman Priscilla Rahn, and Secretary Marilyn Harris released the following statement today regarding the felony indictment of Mesa County Clerk & Recorder and current Secretary of State Candidate, Tina Peters:

      “It is our belief, as leaders of the Colorado Republican Party, that any Republican candidate who is indicted with felonies by a grand jury and who will be charged by a Republican District Attorney should suspend their campaign while they undergo the legal challenges associated with those indictments. The Republican Party is the Party of law and order and we need every Republican voter focused on getting Republicans and constitutional conservatives elected across Colorado in 2022. Today, we are asking Clerk Peters to consider what is best for the Republican Party in Colorado and act accordingly as she avails herself of our judicial system.”

      Colorado GOP Executive Director Joe Jackson added the following: “The Bylaws of the Colorado GOP are clear, the Party must stay neutral during primary races. Per those Bylaws, we will continue to afford Clerk Peters the same information and opportunities afforded other statewide candidates unless notified by her campaign that her status as a candidate for office has changed. We will not be making any additional statements regarding this situation.”

      1. "Colorado GOP Statement on the Felony Indictment of SOS Candidate
        Basalt, Colorado – Colorado GOP Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown, Vice Chairwoman Priscilla Rahn, and Secretary Marilyn Harris released the following statement today regarding the felony indictment of Mesa County Clerk & Recorder and current Secretary of State Candidate, Tina Peters"

        To which any Trumpublican in good standing should reply:  Phooey. The indictment is a fake indictment and a hoax perpetrated by the usual suspects: George Soros, RINOs, the liberal media, Hugo Chavez and the Clintons. She should run even if it si from prison.

        Freedom is never free. MAGA. Yadda yadda yadda. 

    2. “Anyone know if the district court calendar is current enough that these charges could be tried in the next six months? ”

      Under the Colorado speedy trial statute, the court must offer her a trial date within six months of the date of her arraignment.

      However, a defendant can waive the six-month deadline and ask for more time for good cause. If the defendant waives, then the six-month time period starts to run anew from the date of the waiver. There are also various circumstances under which the six-month time period can tolled.

      1. Yes, but Peters is being unjustly prosecuted and is the only candidate who will fight for The Truth. Anderson is quite obviously in league with George Soros (who is a deadbeat that never paid me for my work in elevating Communist-Socialist-Nazis to power…).

  3. Thank you for keeping us all up to date on this.  While it has been frustrating to witness the slow pace of justice, it is heartening to know that we have honorable people in charge.

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