DOJ and FBI Investigating Irregularities In Acceptance of "Timely" Ballots In Michigan

Matt Finn

John Solomon is reporting that “officials” in Washington have confirmed that the US Attorney and FBI in Detroit are investigating a “whistle-blower’s” claims that election works in Wayne County were instructed to falsify election records with respect the date that mailed-ballots were received in order that they could be included in the vote totals rather than being rejected as untimely.

The FBI is investigating allegations of election fraud in Detroit after a city worker stepped forward and claimed election workers were asked to backdate ballots that had come in after the election deadline had passed, multiple officials said.

A senior law enforcement official in Washington confirmed that an investigation was opened after the whistleblower’s concerns were forwarded from the Michigan Republican Party. “The FBI is investigating,” the official said.

GOP officials in Michigan said the whistleblower was identified and assisted by Phill Kline, the head of the Thomas More Society’s Amistad Project, which has been litigating voting disputes and irregularities across the country for months.

Michigan election law required all ballots must be received by election offices by 8:00 pm on election day in order to be validly cast and counted.

The whistleblower’s allegations concern the process by which ballots are entered as having been received in the official record of the election.

…. Michigan GOP chairwoman Laura Cox confirmed Friday afternoon the her party referred a whistleblower to the FBI and U.S. Attorney in Detroit.

“The MIGOP has referred a whistleblower case to the U.S. Attorney in which a city of Detroit employee was directed to change the date of receipt, in the official election record on ballots which had been received after the deadline,” Cox said. “This directive allegedly came from both City and State employees who were working at the TCF center. These allegations are highlighted by the city of Detroit’s attempt to block Republican poll challengers from supervising this process.”

In this earlier story I noted the role that DOJ and the FBI were going to be called upon to play in looking into specific instances of vote fraud and/or manipulation because a specific federal statute makes it felony to deprive the voters of a state of a “fair and impartially conducted election process”.

Title 52, United States Code, Section 20511 states:

§ 20511. Criminal penalties: A person, including an election official, who in any election for Federal office—
….
(2) knowingly and willfully deprives, defrauds, or attempts to deprive or defraud the residents of a State of a fair and impartially conducted election process, by—
(A) the procurement or submission of voter registration applications that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent under the laws of the State in which the election is held; or
(B) the procurement, casting, or tabulation of ballots that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent under the laws of the State in which the election is held,
shall be fined in accordance with title 18 (which fines shall be paid into the general fund of the Treasury, miscellaneous receipts (pursuant to section 3302 of title 31), notwithstanding any other law), or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

The Michigan GOP says it has sent a specific whistleblower to the FBI and US Attorney, and Solomon reports that a “senior law enforcement official in Washington” confirmed that the FBI is investigation.

This is important because once an investigation is open, it will expand to consider all information that is relevant – it will not be self-limiting to just the allegations of this one whistleblower.

James O’Keefe published a recorded interview with a whistleblower from the United States Postal Service in Detroit who stated that a supervisor told Post Office workers on Wednesday to gather together any “mail-in” ballots in their facility and segregate them from other mail.  Those ballots were then hand-stamped with a postmark from the previous day to reflect that they had been sent on to election officials on November 3.  The ballots were then shipped to their destination using the “Express Mail” process which meant they would be delivered to election officials on the November 4.

The person being interviewed says he works in a Post Office Branch in Traverse City, Michigan.  This location is in northern Michigan, far removed from Detroit.  Grand Traverse County was won by Pres. Trump in 2016. So the implications of this video are not that this particular postal location was involved in any effort to have ballots which arrived after the 8:00 pm deadline counted as having been timely received.  In fact, a simpler explanation would be that the particular official running this Post Office Branch did not want to have any ballots from his facility appear to have not been processed on time for his own purposes, and what officials from the County Election Office chose to do with the ballots after their arrived on November 4 bearing a postmark of Nov. 3 was not of his concern.  It may very well be that the election officials set the ballots aside since the “postmark” date is irrelevant under Michigan law.

But, as noted in other postings, Project Veritas is receiving reports of similar kinds of orders from Postal Officials in Pennsylvania.

As for Michigan, it is another claim that would be subject to FBI scrutiny, and that scrutiny might extend to other episodes of questionable conduct by Postal Service officials or State/County election officials.