On Friday, after a months-long investigation into voting machine access, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office asked for the appointment of a special prosecutor to consider potential charges against nine individuals, including the Republican candidate for Michigan Attorney General, Matt DePerno.
DePerno did several interviews with right-wing media – including Steve Bannon’s War Room – and bragged about having access to a voting tabulator, The Detroit News reported.
“Then, we got access to a tabulator, and we were able to simulate elections,” DePerno said on a May 6, 2021, episode of the podcast “Information Operation.”
“And if I can do it up here in Michigan, with just a couple guys, you don’t think China knows how to do this?” he went on to ask, “You don’t think Russia knows how to do this? You don’t think people in D.C. know how to do it?”
Vote counting machines are supposed to be kept under a strict chain of custody and security protocols, according to Nessel’s office, but the Kalamazoo attorney’s own court filings tie him to possession of the tabulators, The Detroit News reported.
DePerno used the results from the machines in his lawsuit challenging the results of the 2020 election in north Michigan’s Antrim County.
A petition signed by Danielle Hagaman-Clark, chief of the attorney general’s Criminal Trials and Appeals Division, listed conspiracy and false pretenses among the potential charges that at least some of the nine individuals could face. Hagaman-Clark also referenced a state law that criminalizes willfully damaging, “any ballot box or voting machine.”
Five tabulators are in question, after being taken from clerks in Roscommon County; Irving Township in Barry County; Lake Township in Missaukee County; and two from Richfield Township in Roscommon Country between March and June of 2021.
A video from One America News shows DePerno’s “cybersecurity expert” Jeffrey Lenberg feeding Antrim County ballots through a machine.
DePerno promoted the video on another podcast appearance, “Dark to Light with Frank and Beanz.”
“We can’t tell you what machine he’s using,” DePerno replied. “But he’s using a Dominion voting tabulator. And it’s a tabulator that is one of the same specifications of anything that we would find in Antrim County. Same model. Same brand. Same programming. Same everything,” he said.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson asserts that Michigan law restricts access to qualified personnel. The state’s top election official said in a February statement, “Michigan law is clear about the security threats that emerge when anyone gains unauthorized access to our election machines or technology, and I will have no tolerance for those who seek to illegally tamper with our voting equipment.
Despite evidence to the contrary, the candidate for statewide office called the allegations against him “total garbage,” and asserts the machines were “given voluntarily by. precinct clerk.”
Matt DePerno is considered a front runner for the GOP Attorney General nomination, and if he wins will face off against Michigan’s current Democratic AG, Dana Nessel.
Original reporting by Craig Mauger at The Detroit News.
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