Elias and Soros Fund CO Newsline. Young’s Hit Job Falsely Accuses Vet of Violence.

The hit piece penned by Quentin Young raises serious questions. Was the paid propaganda attack on Col. Shawn Smith USAF (ret.) requested by Griswold or her legal handlers and carried out by Young? Smith’s months-long work has exposed alleged crimes by SecState that are now required by law to be investigated. Is the press smear meant to build a case for law enforcement action as retaliation against Smith?

On February 13, 2022 Colorado Newsline editor contacted Col. Shawn Smith USAF (ret.) for comment on a video Young had surfaced from “Sedition Hunters” showing Smith at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Smith mentioned he did not know which video Young was referencing, Young did not initially send the video to Smith, so Smith made an agreement with Young that he would watch the video and prepare comments to be submitted the morning of Feb. 14th.

Young acknowledged the exchange, yet a few hours later, Young published his article without Smith’s comments. Young’s headline reads Jan 6 videos said to show Colorado election denier Shawn Smith clashing with Police. The article’s subhead Activist on Thursday called for Colorado Secretary of State to hang. Interestingly, Quentin Young had numerous exchanges back and forth with Smith on the 13th. Clearly Young was penning the article, yet the byline of the piece credits NEWSLINE STAFF. Obviously Young avoided taking personal or public responsiblility for the piece.

Through creative editing, conflating bits of information some true, some false, failing to include Smith’s full quotes; the piece is so riddled with inaccuracies and falsehoods, there’s no way to correct the record effectively. In Smith’s words, “Young states that I am an ‘election denier,’  ‘clashing with police’ on Jan. 6 videos, and that I ‘called for CO secretary of state to hang.’   THESE ARE LIES.” To remedy the situation, Smith has requested the entire article be fully removed from the internet and all social media platforms. Given it’s a specifically crafted hit piece based on “lies” designed to discredit Smith and pin him as a violent, threatening individual Smith’s demands are reasonable.

The 30,000 foot view

Smears and attacks from the press against anyone working on restoring free and fair elections are common and predictable at this point. The latest announcement from the DHS posted last week ratchets up the pressure by outlining more specifics on identifying domestic terrorists and linking anyone who questions the U.S. election process. This latest release signals the DHS and DOJ are serious about pursuing “domestic terrorists” associated with election integrity. With the DHS announcement, this now gives the press more power to vilify anyone speaking out about election integrity. Lies, falsehoods and smears in the press can now be used to build cases against citizens who are simply exercising their first amendment rights.

The curious confluence of events suggest the timing of the hit piece and the false accusations is no accident. Young writes a hit piece on Smith based on video more than a year old, yet tells Smith its “breaking news”. Coincidentally, DHS release had just been published. Meanwhile, in the background SecState Griswold is facing a serious lawsuit filed by election officials in Colorado (Hanks et al vs. Griswold.) A lawsuit on which Smith has been publicly commenting.

The connection between the DHS announcement and Young’s press hit job on Smith seems plausible, but weak. However the backdrop of the events that unfolded over the past few weeks in Colorado show the connection is hard to dismiss. The question is what role is Quentin Young and CO Newsline playing in building a potential case against Smith, and why?

Follow the money

It’s important to understand how Colorado Newsline and Young is funded. Links have been discovered starting with George Soros, et al, through Arabella. That connects through 1630 dark money fund, links through North Fund, through States News, which supports Colorado Newsline. In addition, North Fund also supports Democracy Docket LLC/-Action Fund/-Legal Fund.  These are Russiagate/Clinton lawyer Marc Elias’ funds. 

Why is the funding critical? Marc Elias formerly of Perkins Coie now has his own law firm Elias Law. Elias has a strong staff of former Coiers and substantial financing backing his firm. Elias has been in the news most famously for playing a key role in the Transition Integrity Project which is widely known for wargaming how to ensure Biden emerged victorious in the 2020 election. Most recently, Elias is all over headlines associated with the Durham Report. Earlier this year, Elias’ Perkins Coie partner, Michael Sussman was indicted for lying to the FBI for his role in Russiagate.

Marc Elias emerges across the U.S. in activity attempting to change election laws, working on lawsuits focused on redistricting, attempting to block the disclosure of public information related to elections etc. Elias is also defending CO Secretary of State Griswold in Judicial Watch v. Griswold, an ongoing case in Colorado.  To recap so far, Young of Colorado Newsline is funded by Griswold’s attorney, Elias; who works for Soros, who backed Griswold in her first bid for Colorado Secretary of State.

Team Griswold essentially has a wholly owned propaganda outlet and a running dog “reporter” at their disposal. Handy, given Griswold is running for office and taken around 30 campaign donations from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the lobbyists for Dominion. Griswold is currently navigating a multi-dimensional legal hellscape of her own making; and showing obvious signs of sheer panic. Her wild actions against CO County Clerks based on rumors from fringe social media chats about the existence of more forensic backups. Griswold has got to be sweating the publishing of additional expert forensic reports that are proving Griswold’s claims that Colorado elections were the most secure in history are false. Griswold is visibly cracking under the pressure based on her tic-riddled press appearances on friendly corpo media. Is Griswold finally realizing that for all she’s done to toe the party line as the youngest sec state, she may be set up to be the patsy?

Smith fuels Griswold’s and Weiser’s nightmares

It’s well known that Smith, a retired Colonel with 25+ years service in the U.S. Air Force has emerged as one of Colorado’s leading experts in election integrity. In fact, he is known nationwide as an expert in election systems, processes, security, laws, and testing. Smith has earned the reputation as being a formidable opponent of election fraud and is relentless in his pursuit of truth when it comes to U.S. elections. So far, the substance of Smith’s work has yet to be debunked.

Smith has challenged Sec. State Griswold, her staff including Chris Beall, Trevor Timmons, and Judd Choate on their command of election law, ethics, ability to follow their own laws and emergency rules. Its rumored that for election officials fighting against free, fair, and transparent elections, Smith fuels their nightmares.

Smith’s open records requests (CORAs) have shined the light on numerous infractions originating from the Sec State’s office. Griswold, AG Phil Weiser, and DA(s) in Colorado as of this week have received affidavits and supporting evidence of Griswold’s crimes from Smith. By law affidavits submitted to the AG and DAs showing evidence of crimes MUST be investigated.

Smith states he has more affidavits and evidence. He plans to submit a bevy of these official notices to the proper authorities. Smith has taken measures to secure his information in the event there is any law enforcement retaliation action, attempting to seize Smith’s records caused by Young’s false reporting. Smith is on the record as a whistleblower, affording him whistleblower status. Now Griswold and the Elias/ Soros sponsored press have to deal with the fact that any attacks on Smith will likely raise legal issues of retaliation. In fact, Griswold has already made a false claim to law enforcement based on Newsline’s false reporting. Making a false claim to law enforcement is a crime in Colorado.

The key issue to be tracked is how AG Weiser will cope with his numerous conflicts of interest. Right now he’s defending Griswold in the Hanks et al vs. Griswold case. Weiser has also rubber stamped Griswold’s emergency rules designed to ensure only the state can audit the state elections. This particular rule is being challenged in the Hanks case. How is this going to work? Are Colorado citizens to believe that Weiser is going to honestly investigate his current client’s alleged crimes? How is it possible that Weiser can be involved in the defense of Griswold given Weiser has supported Griswold’s emergency rules that may be found illegal? It seems as if Weiser should be investigated for his role in Griswold’s legal dumpster fire via independent counsel. Even those who take issue with the topic of election integrity are questioning Weiser’s obvious conflicts of interest including funding Griswold’s SoS campaign and taking funding himself from Dominion lobbyists – same as Griswold.

Griswold loses it – goes HAM. Eats crow.

Adding to Griswold’s troubles, are the forensic backups that Tina Peters made of the Mesa County election systems to preserve election records in order to uphold her oath of office. It turns out that in legal filings in the Hanks et al vs. Griswold case plaintiffs (county clerks) made the same complete backups of their systems in order to comply with the law. Ironically, they also followed Griswold’s own instructions that she disseminated prior to the infamous Dominion “Trusted Build.”

Upon learning of the additional system backups, Griswold went absolutely HAM (means giving it all you got – as the kids say), demanding information from the plaintiffs in the Hanks case. In court submissions, the plaintiff’s lawyer presented the judge with a strong case showing Griswold went far beyond her authority by engaging in illegal pre-discovery. The lawyer also effectively called out Griswold’s attempt to use inapplicable laws to justify her actions. In the end, Griswold was forced to eat crow. She admitted after her reckless and lawless witch hunt, that there are no problems with the security of any election equipment. Curiously this story was not covered in the Colorado Newsline. Why?

It’s obvious

There’s no question that Griswold is panicked, backed into a corner, and lashing out in all directions to protect herself from the inevitable accountability she shoulders for all types of election infractions. We don’t know how all of the cases, evidence and affidavits are going to work their way through the system. We do know that Griswold, her handlers, and her media lapdogs are all-in on fighting against the truth coming out. They are employing all tactics and willing to hit below the belt, including using the owned media to lie about a vet, Col Shawn Smith USAF (ret) who is on Team Griswold’s radar. Need more proof? Griswold just moments ago posted this release announcing she’s suing another Colorado County Clerk who is following the law by backing up and preserving election records. Guess who is named in the press release… Col. Shawn Smith. Why? For speaking on the phone to the County Clerk Griswold is suing.

Weld County Clerk Koppes Denies Poll Watchers Access During Election

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What just happened in Weld County? Another County Clerk, Carly Koppes, is in the news but this time for rejecting poll watchers. Fortunately, there are laws around how elections are run. “Elections belong to the people.” – Abe Lincoln. NOT the politicians, even though the elitist political types would not like you to know that. State and Federal laws protect the right of citizens to monitor the polling places for funny business. Clerks are subject to these laws and cannot over rule them. Through ignorance or malice poll watcher were kept from doing their duty of overseeing the election process during the 2021 election.

Certified Poll Watcher, Shelley Rowe said when contacted by USEIP, “I was not allowed to be in close proximity to have access to the election process such that I could attest to the accuracy of election related activities.”

Colo. Const., art. II, § 5. The Statute, 8 Colo. Code Reg. 1501-1 Rule 8.10.2, states: “Watchers must be permitted access that would allow them to attest to the accuracy of election-related activities. This includes personal visual access at a reasonable proximity to read documents, writings or electronic screens and reasonable proximity to hear election-related discussions between election judges and electors.”

The Constitutional Notice, Complaint, and Demand states that the poll watchers were not allowed to witness essential election processes and so there fore had their rights violated. All USEIP and everyone who supports election integrity wants is free and fair elections. Whether it is one party or the another we want transparency so we can rebuild the public trust in our election process.

Full text of the official documents.

Gateway Pundit talks about Election Integrity in Colorado!

Efforts to improve the integrity of election in Colorado are now getting national coverage. We have interviews of Tina Peters (Mesa County Clerk) on War Room with Steve Bannon and now our favorite firebrand blogger AsheInAmerica is getting discussed on Gateway Pundit.

Read More to see what Gateway Pundit has to say about Colorado!

New Evidence in Colorado Catches Embattled Secretary of State Off Guard

Ashe in America has written another enlightening post about the fiery drama around Jena Griswold, Colorado’s infamous Secretary of States.

This is a developing story, but I want to get this out so that everyone understands what’s happening. Things are heating up in Colorado. Here is what we know.

jena gets some bad news

On Monday, January 24, 2022, Jena Griswold was having a very bad day. 

As everyone should know by now, Jena is facing a pretty explosive lawsuit from elected officials around the state of Colorado. If you need to catch up, you can read about that here: Griswold is in Hot Water

A big part of that case is the saga of Tina Peters and Mesa County, so you should read up on that as well, especially if you’re new to Colorado’s role in the stolen election on November 3, 2020. 

Continue reading at AsheInAmerica.com.

This Week: Corrupt WI RINOs Trying to Legalize Dropbox Scam

Wisconsin is in the spotlight this week. The legislative session ends shortly, which means that laws that are voted on and passed stand until the legislature reconvenes in the fall. The Wisconsin legislature is going to try and legalize the dirty Mark Zuckerberg’s Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) drop-box scam…


1) Wisconsin legislators – driven by the RINOs are proposing legislation to legalize ballot drop boxes in WI. 
2) This week its expected the legislators will try to make this an official bill.  As of now, they have not put this proposed legislation into an official bill, but the word from WI grassroots is that the bill is eminent and everyone in WI is geared up for the bill to be given a number and put on the docket for a vote most likely next week.
3)  The impact is that essentially the RINOs are legalizing a well-known vector for voter fraud in WI – ballot drop boxes.
4)  It gets sinister –  the grassroots see what’s coming.  The legislators are going to try to ram this bill through and then close session until the fall – which would be too late to dispute/repeal the law before 2022 elections. 


  1. Contact WI legislators and let them know that they better not even propose this bill.
  2. Make the consequences clear if they create the bill. This is not the type of legislation voters want. In fact, voters WILL NOT STAND for the legalization of voting methods that are a PROVEN method and vector for election fraud.  
  3. If they’re as feckless as the legislators appear, and it goes to a vote – they’d better NOT VOTE FOR IT or the consequences will be severe. There will be political and media action from across the nation. 
  4. Pay special attention to Robin Vos. She’s the lead RINO in the WI legislature

Vos, Robin (R – Rochester)
District 63
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(888) 534-0063



We’re Over the Target… They’re Panicked… Let’s Act Quickly!


This coming Tuesday (yes, two days from now), the Colorado House of Representatives will be asked to vote on a Resolution to:

1 Reassert the validity of the 2020 presidential elections as legitimate and verified.

2 Offer Colorado’s election system as a model for states across the country.

3 Call on the federal government to pass comprehensive voting rights legislation.

You will find the text of the Resolution below.https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/HR22-1004

please call and email all of the Representatives and KINDLY explain:

1 The validity of the 2020 election – presidential or otherwise – is questionable and deserves a full forensic audit.

2 Colorado’s election system should not be exported to other states, since according to the Heritage Foundation’s Election Integrity Scorecard, Colorado is ranked 34th in the nation.

3 The federal government needs to stay out of election law.

We’re over the target, people… Let’s press for the win.

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FBI Raids in Colorado

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and America’s Mom Sherronna Bishop have been raided by the FBI the week before last. Below is a sample of interviews where they tell their stories. Please share these links via social media, email, and text.

Sherronna Bishop on the Mike Gallagher Podcast: Salem Media

Sherronna Bishop on Warroom with Steve Bannon

Tina Peters Full Interview on Warroom with Steve Bannon

Gold Star Mother, Tina Peters interviewed on Warroom with Steve Bannon

Sherronna Bishop, First American Mother raided by the FBI on FrankSpeech.com



Colorado citizens [Editor’s note, this suit is not a USEIP lawsuit. USEIP is only reporting on the official court case filing] sue Secretary of State Jena Griswold over election violations. Case requests full forensic audit of Colorado voting systems and 2020 election to ensure free and fair elections for Colorado voters.

[Denver, Colorado, November 19, 2021] – Today an explosive case, Hanks et al v. Griswold was filed in Denver District Court. The most damning facts of the case claim that Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold and her employees destroyed election records from the 2020 election. Griswold and other Colorado election officials are required by state law to preserve those election records for twenty-five months, and by federal law for twenty-two months. The relief sought in this case is a full, independent forensic audit of Colorado voting systems and the 2020 election in Colorado so citizens’ trust in their elections might be restored.

When asked whether the deleted elections records were significant or simply inconsequential extra files on election servers, or electronic voting equipment, Col. (ret.) Shawn Smith USAF systems testing expert stated, “The Federal Election Commission’s 2002 Voting System Standards, which are a mandatory standard for Colorado voting systems, require voting systems to maintain and produce ‘all audit trail information,’ including operating system and hardware. The Department of Justice has already confirmed that digital records ARE election records. The federal and state statutes that require preservation of election records were written for the EXACT purpose of ensuring the availability of records EXACTLY like the those destroyed by the Secretary of State.”

A second claim in the case states that Griswold “failed to employ a federally accredited laboratory to test Colorado voting systems before the 2020 election.” When investigating whether the claim is a mere clerical oversight, the exhibits included in the case show otherwise. Griswold’s selected testing lab’s, Pro V&V’s, accredited status expired in 2017. The next time Pro V&V was officially accredited was 2021. However, in 2019, Griswold issued an official letter [exhibit 1] approving Pro V&V’s test plans, and Griswold cited that testing in her certification of Colorado voting systems used in November 2020. Within the forty-seven months Pro V&V was unaccredited, meaning the lab was not qualified to conduct proper electronic voting equipment testing, Griswold repeatedly used the testing lab and cited its testing reports.

Colorado voters shouldered all the risk when Griswold approved an unaccredited lab to test voting systems. Every single Colorado county used voting equipment during the 2020 election that was not properly tested, and the lapsed lab accreditation likely affected the voting systems used in the 2021 election, as well.

The final claim in the case against Griswold addresses what appears to be Griswold’s attempt to cover-up potential wrongdoing. In June 2021, Griswold issued emergency election rules limiting who can access electronic voting equipment; “Defendant’s [Griswold’s] employees, County Clerk’s employees, election judges, and voting system vendors. No independent consultants are allowed.” Griswold’s emergency election rules impact Colorado elections in two distinct ways.

First, the rules ensure that any independent forensic audits of election equipment, which is exactly what Colorado citizens are asking for, are forbidden. Secondly, none of the people or parties Griswold identifies as being allowed to access voting equipment have adequate technical expertise to verify the electronic voting equipment.


To share, repost, and republish download the official USEIP press release below that covers the contents of the official court case filing. Editor’s note, this case is not a USEIP lawsuit.


A Colorado Supreme Court ruling supports the state stripping power from county officials and citizens. Local election control, administration, and oversight now under Sec State Griswold’s power

[Mesa County Colorado, October 21, 2021] – The Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear Clerk Tina Peters’ appeal based on last week’s ruling in Mesa County.  The lower court ruling does not address Secretary of State Griswold’s misconduct and potentially illegal action of destroying Mesa County election records which are required by state and federal law to be preserved.  The Supreme Court case addresses the legality of whether or not Secretary of State Griswold has the authority to remove a duly elected official from office.  The Supreme Court’s inaction does not confirm the validity of the legal claims, or act as an endorsement of the lower court’s ruling.  The Supreme Court simply confirmed legal procedures were followed in the Peters’ case.  

The implications of the high court’s failure to act confirms that last week’s ruling in the lower court stands.  This means Secretary of State Griswold has successfully circumvented the will of the voters by removing another elected official.  This ruling concentrates election power at the state level which is in direct contradiction to the fundamentals of the U.S. Constitution.  The electoral structure in the U.S. is designed to be decentralized, administered, and overseen on the local level by citizens in each locality – not state or federally run.

“The inaction of the Colorado Supreme Court is a very unfortunate day for self-government and the balance of power in Colorado.  Secretary of State Griswold believes that duly elected County Clerks serve at the pleasure of her and the Secretary of State’s Office.  The people who voted for their local election officials have been severely violated with this action.” said Clerk Peters

What spurred Griswold’s overreach was that Clerk Peters arranged for forensic images (complete backups) to be taken of the county’s election equipment before and after a May 2021 software modification.  The equipment modification was performed by the office of Secretary of State Gena Griswold and Dominion Voting Systems.  Peters suspected that the update would destroy critical election records that Peters is required by state and federal law to preserve. 

Griswold has taken nearly thirty separate campaign donations from Dominion Voting Systems in 2021 alone.  This clear conflict of interest raises questions about why Griswold has relentlessly attacked Clerk Peters simply for following the law and upholding her sworn duty as Clerk and Recorder of Mesa County.  

In Peters’ diligence to protect Mesa County election records, Clerk Peters commissioned a forensic analysis of the backups with the purpose to confirm or deny whether Griswold and Dominion destroyed election records.  The forensic analysis generated a peer-reviewed report by a renowned cyber expert, Doug Gould.  The report vindicated Peters’ concerns. It showed that some 29,000 critical election records were unequivocally and completely destroyed.

The implications of Griswold and Dominion Voting Systems destroying the election records are serious. Griswold has successfully prevented any future forensic audit of the 2020 election in Mesa County.  This creates legal questions for Mesa County citizens.  According to Colorado State Law, they have the right to call for and have an audit conducted at any time for twenty-five months.  Additional court action is expected to resolve this issue.

The Mesa County Forensic Image Analysis Report is publicly available as part of the Peters official court filings and at useip.org.

Started by volunteers in Mesa County Colorado, StandwithTina.org is the official site for news, events, fundraising, and media enquiries for Clerk Tina Peters.

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Help distribute the real news. Download a .pdf copy of the official press release (above) and submit to your local news tip lines, online outlets via email, and on social media pages.

Bombshell Report Proves State and Federal Election Crimes Were Committed – County Commissioner Leaks to Press Instead of Reporting Crimes

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters in good faith delivered an initial forensic cybersecurity report covering election machine analysis to County Commissioners. The report proves destruction of evidence. One or more Commissioners misrepresent report to the press -fail to report crimes.

[Mesa County Colorado, September 21, 2021] – Tina Peters hand-delivered an initial peer-reviewed forensic cybersecurity report prior to the late Friday evening filing of her official defense pleading alerting County Commissioners of crimes.  The extensive report vindicated citizens’ concerns about 2020 election malfeasance, justifies Peters preservation of election records obligated by federal and state law, and proves crimes were committed by others – not Peters.  Instead of submitting the report to the authorities which is their civic duty, one or more of the Commissioners forwarded the report to the press.  There is no question the Commissioner(s) leaked the confidential document given the version of the report was initial, lacking some detail which the official report included.

The expert-generated forensic cybersecurity report signed by cyber-expert Doug Gould, detailed a pattern of systematic destruction of election records in Colorado voting systems by the Secretary of State’s staff and voting system vendor during the “Trusted Build” updates that took place in Colorado over the summer. It’s expected the report will become a part of several pending investigations and lawsuits.  Additional legal questions are now raised regarding premeditation and conspiracy.

Peters commissioned the detailed forensic examination by court-recognized expert cybersecurity witnesses including Gould as part of her duties as Clerk and Recorder. The report now supports her legal defense against Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s legal accusations.

The report proves a simple storyline of events and subsequent implications

  1. The Destruction of evidence. Destruction of election records, election-related data that’s required to be preserved under federal and state law.
  2. Thousands of election records were destroyed.
  3. Secretary of State Griswold and the vendor deleted the election records.
    1. Through the “Trusted Build” hardware and software election systems update.
    1. By way of Griswold’s approved procedures for the updates.
    1. Due to Griswold’s certified election system configuration. Configurations directed by the Secretary of State were designed to automatically overwrite election data.
  4. The election system was illegally certified. The report stops short of stating Griswold’s certification of the voting systems complete with an election record-destroying configuration was illegal. However, Colorado statute is explicit that the Federal Voting System Standards are mandatory. The SecState’s certification allowed the use of a non-compliant voting system in Colorado elections.
  5. The deleted election records eliminate the possibility of a complete forensic election audit. The type of audit SecState Griswold has sought to prohibit by her controversial election rules which were rubber-stamped into law through CO Attorney General Phil Weiser.

It is unclear whether the Mesa County DA has sole responsibility to investigate the criminal violations. Alternatives include whether the matter must be referred to Federal authorities, the Colorado Attorney General, or every state jurisdiction affected by the technical discovery. The next outstanding question is whether Mesa County Commissioners have any liability for failing to investigate and submit the report’s findings to the authorities as required by§ 18-8-105.

Mesa County Commissioner Rowland now faces a dilemma. On one hand, she is on the record interrogating Mesa County citizens in a hearing where the Commissioners apparently invited both press and anti-election integrity industry insiders.  During the hearing, Rowland aggressively pressed why citizens didn’t “bring the proof [of fraud] to the authorities.” At the time, citizens explained that the production of the evidence Rowland was demanding required an investigation of the machines, which citizens had previously requested.  On the other hand, at the time of Rowland’s irrational demands, she knew access to the voting machines was impossible, given the equipment was sequestered. 

In the County Commissioner’s public hearing on September 20th McInnes stepped into the breach (~25:00) claiming Peters’ report was “anonymous” insinuating there was no official report author. Instead of McInnes successfully bashing the report that clearly is proof of criminal activity, McInnes showed he didn’t completely read; or grasp the contents of the report. McInnes beclowned himself by claiming the “goal posts have been moved” as damning election malfeasance evidence piled-up in succession over months. It appears McInnes lost the plot, or doesn’t care.

In a final attempt to disparage Peters, McInnes repeated false accusations by Secretary of State Jena Griswold.  The false claim is Peters leaked passwords during her legal back up of election systems. McInnes is weak on the facts.  It was Griswold who was in sole custody of the BIOS passwords in question; she bears the responsibility to prove she or her office didn’t lose control of their passwords.  Mesa County Commissioners continue to show their fecklessness, dishonesty, and lack of understanding given the report Peters delivered was a courtesy initial version.  The official report filed in Peters defense pleadings is complete with any information Rowland, McInnes or Davis claim falsely, to be missing. 

Since May, citizens across Colorado have been asking Clerks to delay the “Trusted Build” to preserve election records and afford citizens the opportunity to conduct an independent forensic audit. But the shadow emerged of a coordinated campaign by the Secretary of State and the Colorado County Clerks Association (CCCA) leadership, to deprive citizens of knowledge of the “Trusted Build” schedule, and to cajole and coerce reluctant Clerks El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman and Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes, the President of the CCCA. Both claimed in meetings with citizens that the Secretary of State’s and the Colorado Attorney General’s Offices issued formal warnings to them advising against allowing citizen access election records for audits, including electronic records generating from the Dominion voting systems; or they would be “sued.”

The result of forensic analysis of Mesa County’s system backups completely upends the accusations against Peters.  It’s now clear Griswold’s and the media’s initial characterization of Peters was patently false.  Peters acted in good faith, despite immense pressure from Griswold’s false accusations in what appears to be intentional attempts to coerce and intimidate her.

Also destroyed are current and former Secretaries of State Wayne Williams, and Griswold’s claims to “Gold Standard” security for Colorado elections. The expert report proves serious crimes were committed by Peters’ accusers and may save or implicate other Colorado County Clerks. Given this proof, County Clerks across Colorado are at risk of being responsible for election crimes simply for trusting Matt Crane the Executive Director of the CCCA, The Secretary of State Jena Griswold, and electronic voting machine vendors.

The report bears serious legal implications beyond Peters’ defense case and Griswold’s motivations to focus law enforcement resources on Peters. Now voting system vendors, the voting system testing lab, and U.S. Election Assistance Commission officials may have some explaining to do.

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