Judge freezes voting machines in three counties in Georgia

Powell argued, on the basis of scant evidence, that the company’s foreign ties allowed hostile governments to intervene in the U.S. election through a conspiracy involving both U.S. democratic and Republican officials.

While many Democrats and some Republican officials have fantasically rejected Powell’s claims, some GOP leaders also warn that efforts to allay doubts about the now-concluded election could reduce Republican turnout in Georgia’s January 5 election, which could determine whether the GOP or whether Democrats will control the U.S. Senate for the next two years.

Batten’s interim restraining order, issued after 10pm on Sunday, applies to Dominion voting machines in Cobb and Gwinett counties, which favored President-elect Joe Biden, as well as the smaller Cherokee county, which favored Trump.

“Defendants are hereby obligated and withheld to modify, destroy, or delete, or permit the modification, destruction, or deletion of any software or data on any Dominion voting machine in Cobb, Gwinnett, and Cherokee counties,” wrote President George W. Bush, who has been appointed by Batten.

According to Batten, the defendants – Governor Brian Kemp (Governor R-Ga.), Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and four other members of the Georgia Electoral Commission – argued that the court had no jurisdiction over the counties because it was not responsible for the case. Defendants also argued that allowing experts working for the plaintiffs to inspect the machines would “pose a significant security and proprietary / trade secret risk,” Batten said.

The judge agreed to receive a brief briefing from Kemp and Raffensperger on Wednesday afternoon detailing the reasons they oppose allowing Powell’s team to allow a “judicial inspection” of the three counties’ machines.

In his order, Batten filed another request from the GOP plaintiffs and instructed the state to “immediately” provide the attackers with a copy of the state’s contract with Dominion.

In another development Monday morning, Batten upheld an interim restraining order on appeal, which means public officials who are defendants in the case, or even the counties involved, can immediately appeal to the 11th District Court of Appeal.

Chris Carr, a spokesman for the state attorney general of Georgia, whose office defended Kemp and Raffensperger in election lawsuits, said in early Monday that he could not comment on the case beyond court submissions.

Batten’s night order came after confusion Sunday earlier when one of Powell’s associates, Georgia lawyer Lin Wood, posted two other orders issued by the judge on the internet.

In those directives, Batten initially seemed to impose a nationwide ban on the counting of voting machines, and then stated that he could not do so because the counties were not defendants in the lawsuit.

These orders appeared to be a personal hearing on the matter in Atlanta on Friday. However, there is no such hearing in Batten’s order on Sunday night.

In addition, Wood’s orders posted on the web were never placed in the court’s public entrance. The person familiar with the case told POLITICO Sunday that they were drafts, although they bear the judge’s signature.

As soon as he published the original documents online, Wood was skeptical about the judge’s resignation.

“What???” Wood asked on Twitter. “The machines are state-owned and @GaSecofState handles state election laws. Why are GA officials determined to clean these machines…

In a separate order issued Monday morning, Batten finally publicly confirmed that he planned to hold a hearing on the matter at 10 a.m. Friday.

In the Georgia-Michigan duo, Powell’s team made expert and witness statements claiming that Biden’s apparent victory and elsewhere was the result of unlikely amounts of votes and supposed episodes in which Biden won a large number of votes as Trump picked up little or one. sem.

In the Michigan case, Powell and other lawyers filed an emergency motion on Sunday night, arguing that Biden in his vote had ran forward in the state as a result of four unexplained shocks, and one expert said it was “physically impossible” for the voting systems involved.

Other experts said absenteeism and postal votes were often counted after personal votes, and that postal items are expected to stand by Biden for a long time, especially since Trump discouraged his voters from using them. State and county officials spokesmen said the anecdote of other irregularities is much wrong or easily explained.

Some of the alleged irregularities are testified by witnesses whose names were not disclosed or removed from court submissions. According to Powell et al., Such secrecy is justified by threats and harassment of lawyers and witnesses involved in recent court cases involving electoral fraud.

While Powell has been fired from Trump’s legal team, the president appears to be still convinced by a number of allegations, including allegations of massive inexplicable attacks in Biden’s votes.

“It simply came to our notice then. And then they deposited, ”Trump told the Fox Business Channel on Sunday. – They were called landfills. Large, huge landfills in Michigan, Pennsylvania and everywhere.

Trump also maintained his grievances against Georgian officials on Sunday, insisting they were disloyal Republicans and disguising the truth by insisting on election cleanliness.

“The governor did nothing. He did nothing. I am ashamed that I supported him,” Trump said of Kemper in an Fox interview.