Weeks after the 2020 election, which Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden, aides to the then-former US president have tampered with sensitive voting equipment in a rural Georgia county. The images can be seen in newly released security camera videos and raise new questions about the possibility that Trump aides in several swing states may have tried to gain access to and copy sensitive electoral software, with the help of like-minded local officials.
The images were revealed by New York Timeswhich reports that the group included members of an Atlanta-based firm called SullivanStrickler, which had been hired by Sidney Powell, one of Trump’s attorneys and a proponent of Trump’s conspiracy theory about the alleged fraud. election that never presented evidence.
“We are on our way to Coffee County, Georgia to collect what we can from the voting machines and systems,” one of the company’s executives, Paul Maggio, wrote to Powell that January morning. Weeks later, Scott Hall, a Trump-affiliated official in the Atlanta area, said that “we scan every damn ballot” in a recorded telephone conversation. According to Hall, the team had the blessing of the local board of elections and “scanned all the equipment, got images of all the hard drives and scanned every ballot.”
According to a complaint filed by an NGO in court, it is suspected that the “personally identifiable information” of approximately seven million Georgia voters may have been compromised.
Also featured in the new footage is Cathy Latham, then head of the Coffee County Republican Party, with members of Trump’s team. Latham is among the targets of a criminal investigation in Atlanta, related to his involvement in an attempt to overturn Trump’s defeat in Georgia. Latham’s attorney declined to comment, but earlier this month he had told the CNN that his client “had not been involved in any irregularity in any election.”
Georgia is not the only state under suspicion. In Michigan, a special prosecutor is investigating efforts by Trump loyalists, including Republican candidate for attorney general Matthew DePerno, to gain access to voting machines. And in Colorado, the secretary of state’s office disclosed that nearly $1 million had to be spent to replace voting equipment in the county after a pro-Trump supervisor of elections was accused of tampering with voting equipment.
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