What lurks beneath that mild exterior of Attorney General (AG) Merrick Garland is a will of steel. He has already gone after AG William Barr for lying to Congress and the American people, a rash of January 6 insurrectionists and domestic terrorists, civil rights, and immigration. Now, he is hot on the trail of the Arizona so-called audit. The man is a machine.
He just asked Congress for one billion dollars to go after “violence against women” according to The Washington Post:
‘Appearing via videoconference at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing about the Justice Department’s budget request, Garland highlighted proposals for a $45 million increase in funding for the FBI for domestic terrorism investigations and a $40 million increase for U.S. attorneys to manage the ensuing caseloads.’
He said the department is seeking a “historic investment of $1 billion” in its Office of Violence Against Women.’
The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division is concerned about the “security of ballots and potential voter intimidation” as Cyber Ninjas has been performing its Arizona so-called audit. The contractor has people holding up the ballots checking for bamboo, because there was a rumor that Asia had sneaked 40,000 ballots into the Arizona voting system during the 2020 presidential election.
The “audit” is being performed in Arizona’s most populous county, Maricopa County. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the division Pamela Karlan, was concerned about how Fann responded with “the steps that the Arizona Senate will take to ensure that violations of federal law do not occur” during the audit.
Three organizations with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights taking the lead asked the DOJ to send federal monitors to oversee the audit. The DOJ was equally concerned about the ballot security and possible voter intimidation.
- ‘Attempting to recount all ballots cast in the election.
- Examining the voting machines to see whether votes were counted correctly.
- Reviewing voter information for potential voter fraud.’
The Arizona Democratic Party and Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo filed a lawsuit to stop the audit, because there appeared to be a “lack of clear procedures for safeguarding the ballots and regarding the transparency around the audit.”
Karlan wrote that the DOJ reviewed “news reports and complaints regarding the procedures being used for this audit.” He had been worried about the numerous accounts about the ballots not being kept properly:
‘The ballots, machines and voter information are no longer under the control of state and local elections officials, aren’t being kept secure, and are at risk of “being lost, stolen, altered, compromised or destroyed.” Federal law creates a duty to safeguard and preserve federal election records.’
Beyond that, Karlan was highly concerned about the contractor, Cyber Ninjas’ plan for verifying voter nformation.
Cyber Ninjas had stated that it planned to go door-to-door to speak to voters, which would fall under voter intimidation. It would:
‘[Reach voters via a] combination of phone calls and physical canvassing [to] collect information of whether the individual voted in the election.’
Voter intimidation is illegal in federal courts. Karlan wrote:
‘[No one can] intimidate, threaten, or coerce [voters or party enthusiasts.]’
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