After a couple of weeks of precious little real movement at all, some significant developments took place today on the Trump election challenge front.
First, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) let it be known via a tweet that he will file a formal challenge to the certification of the Electoral votes by both houses of congress scheduled to take place on January 6:
Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object on January 6 on their behalf pic.twitter.com/kTaaPPJGHE
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 30, 2020
Although several GOP members of the House of Representatives have stated that they would also challenge the certification, Hawley becomes the first Republican senator to make a similar commitment.
“I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws,” Hawley said in a statement.
“And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden. At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act,” Hawley added.
Hawley’s commitment ensures that a formal debate and roll call vote will now have to be held on the certification, eliminating the possibility of the clearly fraudulent electoral vote being certified via unanimous consent. While the group of GOP representatives – led by Alabama’s Mo Brooks – have been lining up to object for over a week now, they needed at least one senator to file a similar objection in order to force the debate and vote.
This will only be the third time congress has had such a debate and vote since 1887, according to the Congressional Research Service, the previous two times coming in 1969 and 2005, two times in which Democrats forced the process to take place following wins by Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. Hawley’s announcement comes as a direct affront to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had urged his senators not to take the action, and to the RINO contingent among the Senate GOP caucus, who are anxious to get the Senate back into go-along-to-get-along money making mode.
Ultimately, barring major movement on other fronts, Hawley’s action is not expected to change the final outcome of the certification process, but it will at least force each and every member in both houses to put their names on the record one way or the other. That in and of itself is a positive development, and will allow conservative Republicans to identify members of the House and Senate who need to face stiff primary challenges in coming election cycles.
Speaking of movement on other fronts… – We may have had a possible game-changing moment take place in Georgia today, where a subcommittee of the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee held a formal hearing on election fraud that included live witness testimony and presentation of hard evidence.
One of the witnesses was analyst Jovan Pulitzer, a digital expert who explained to the Committee how all Dominion machines are in fact interconnected with the Internet despite the company’s consistent denials, and that he was in fact connected via computer to one such machine in Fulton County as he was speaking:
— Tracy Beanz (@tracybeanz) December 30, 2020
It is unlawful under Georgia law – and in most, if not all other states – for vote tabulating machines to be linked to the Internet or networked with one another.
Pulitzer explained to the committee that he had the ability to quickly audit the paper ballots counted by the Dominion machines and could easily identify fraudulent ballots due to physical artifacts that such ballots contain:
He made a simple request of the Committee to allow him to conduct an audit of Fulton County ballots, a process that he said would only take a few hours, given that it is entirely automated. After hearing his compelling testimony, the Committee members voted along partisan lines – of course – to approve his audit:
HUGE Breaking: Georgia State Senate Judiciary Subcommittee unanimously pass motion to audit Fulton County’s absentee ballots pic.twitter.com/8cQkrMN4cO
— USG (@rusttt34) December 30, 2020
Assuming everything Mr. Pulitzer described today is on the up and up and that he can a) prove the Dominion machines are in fact linked to the Internet, and b) identify enough fraudulent ballots to change the outcome of the presidential contest in Georgia, this could be a game-changer.
After all, if this is all factual in Georgia, why would things be any different in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Arizona, along with every other state in the union that uses Dominion hardware and software?
That is all.
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