State senator threatens Biden AG with jail over election meddling

Attorney General Merrick Garland late last week issued a threat to states that are adopting new rules and regulations intended to assure the integrity of U.S. elections. Some of those states even have begun audits of the 2020 results to see what problems there were then.

Garland said, according to a report in the Washington Examiner, he’s beefing up the number of lawyers in his Civil Rights Division to investigate voter rights.

“We are scrutinizing new laws that seek to curb voter access, and where we see violations, we will not hesitate to act,” he promised.

However, one state senator in Arizona, where the state senate is just about finished with an audit of all 2.1 million ballots from Maricopa County, took offense.

“You will not touch Arizona ballots or machines unless you want to spend time in an Arizona prison,” said state Sen. Wendy Rogers. “Maybe you should focus on stopping terrorism…”

The U.S. Constitution, in fact, gives state lawmakers authority over state elections.

Rogers added that her state will not “tolerate this federal meddling.”

The concern about what Garland might try was raised not by just his comments, but by a warning from a lawyer who has been pursuing a lawsuit over the accuracy of the vote count in one Michigan County.

Lawyer Matthew DePerno has a lawsuit over Antrim County voting procedures, which he said could have been manipulated, on appeal.

He said, “A source tells me Merrick Garland and the DOJ are weighing two options.”

One would be to “shut down the AZ audit by seizing everything…”

Many state legislatures have adopted new regulations for their elections following the 2020 presidential race that was rife with accusations of election fraud and mismanagement.

“Fact-checkers” across the country repeatedly have claimed that the elections were run without significant issues, but the fact is that courts almost uniformly refused to even consider the evidence provided in hundreds of sworn statements and more.

Several states still are running audits of their results.

What is not in dispute is that in multiple states various officials simply changed state laws to accommodate the ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic, even though the Constitution allows only state legislatures to make those changes.

Further, there’s still no quantification of any impact that might have resulted from $400 million from Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg that was turned over to various local election commissions on the condition that the leftist organizations he chose could have a hand in running the voting.

Garland claimed those voter integrity laws have been aimed at making “it harder to vote.”

And he charged that those audits “may undermine public confidence in our democracy.”

The Examiner noted the 2020 elections “saw an expansion of early and mail-in voting because of the coronavirus pandemic. When President Joe Biden claimed victory over former President Donald Trump, many Republican-led states disagreed with the results and challenged them at the Supreme Court.”

While that court did not accept that case for review, Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito said it should have been heard. Later, after the high court refused to even hear another case, Thomas said the court was in a position to calm fears about election integrity and suggested that should have happened.

“By doing nothing, we invite further confusion and erosion of voter confidence,” he warned.

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