Fri News reporter Griff Jenkins has refuted allegations on his own network that suitcases full of “mysterious” ballots contributed to voter fraud in the Georgian election.
The 90-second clip, shared by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani at Thursday’s hearing in the Georgian Senate Justice Subcommittee, rolls Fulton County election workers into containers – which, according to Fox News reporters, were “suitcases” – a table at the State Agricultural Arena, where The counting of votes took place on 3 November. Jenkins, after speaking with Georgian officials, said Friday morning that the video claimed unsupervised voter fraud was “simply not true.”
“I had just landed on the phone with one of the heads of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office, a Republican who says they had a designated observer in this place all night, all the time, and they saw this video, they know the allegations, and they said they were simply not true. , ”Jenkins said in a Friday morning report. “Nor is the suggestion that the Georgian tellers were sent home and the ballot papers put in suitcases true.”
“The suitcases that appear are actually the normal containers in which the ballots are placed,” he continued. – It’s not unusual, they say, for them.
Georgia’s election official, Gabriel Sterling, also refuted allegations of voter fraud on Twitter, saying the clip shows “normal vote processing,” as investigators in the Secretary of State’s office found and who took hours of footage from the State Agricultural Arena’s security cameras.
All three Fox News presenters – Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham – showed the clip on Thursday night during their own shows. Hannity claimed, “Shortly after observers were asked to leave the room, a large, mysterious suitcase, they believe, was filled with ballot papers, rolled out from under a table.”
Sterling said Lead stories on Thursday night, after completing their part in the process, the election workers who were responsible for opening the envelopes of the absent ballot papers and checking the ballot papers needed for scanning and counting were fired. The workers in the video stayed because they were responsible for scanning the ballot papers, which were prepared by the fired election workers, because the ballot papers could not stay overnight without being searched.
“If you look at the videotape, the job you see is the job you can expect, that is, to look at things with a sealed suitcase, place the ballot papers on the scanner in manageable doses, and scan them,” Sterling said.
Frances Watson, chief investigator for Georgia’s foreign minister’s office, confirmed that the containers in the video were not suitcases but normal trash cans used to count votes.
“There was no trash under the table that contained ballots,” Watson said Lead stories. “It was an empty trash can, and the ballot papers from it were actually there on the table when the media was still there, and then put back in the box when the media was still there and put it next to the table.”
Watson added that the media was never told to leave, as the allegations indicated, but rather that the venue “remained open to them or the public to return to view at any time for as long as they wanted. [election workers] they were still working. “He said that after the departure of the media and other observers, only the ballot papers opened to the observers were examined.
Following Jenkins ’original report that these allegations were false, Fox & Friends Hosts were not convinced that the Republican-led reports of voter fraud in Georgia were due to the high number of mail items triggered by the coronavirus epidemic.
The various lawsuits launched by the Trump campaign, alleging widespread voter fraud in many states, have proved unsuccessful since election day. However, lawsuits are taking place in key states on both sides, including Georgia.
Last week, attorney Sidney Powell, a former lawyer for the Trump campaign, filed a lawsuit in Georgia to destroy the election result, which maintained President-elect Joe Biden as the state’s winner with little difference. Trump’s legal team said Thursday that a lawsuit is expected to be filed in Fulton County Supreme Court on allegations of voter fraud in the county.
On Wednesday, Georgian voter protection groups filed a lawsuit with the aim of restoring nearly 200,000 names to the state’s voter registration list before the Senate took office in January. According to groups, the state incorrectly removed 198,000 people last year due to a change of address.
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