After joining a news conference yesterday with Rudolph Giuliani claiming without evidence that widespread fraud undermined November’s presidential election, Trump’s legal advisor Jenna Ellis jumped on a Denver conservative radio show and alleged, again with no evidence, that Colorado-based voting machine firm may have committed fraud to give victories to losing candidates in Colorado.
“We are seeing how Dominion may have swung some of the state and local races in Colorado as well,” Ellis told KHOW radio host Dan Caplis yesterday afternoon. “I mean, this is stuff that is just incredible and is absolutely unconstitutional and goes against our fundamental constitutionally protected right to free and fair election. So this is massive.”
Ellis is referring to the Dominion voting platform that’s used in 62 of 64 Colorado counties and in other states. It’s come under baseless fire by Trump’s legal team challenging election results.
On the radio yesterday, Ellis didn’t specify which Colorado races may have been affected by fraud.
Ellis said, “We are also getting some people who have independent knowledge,” said Ellis, declining to “share anything further to protect their identity.”
But Colorado voting experts, including former Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Republican county election officials have expressed complete confidence in Colorado’s November election.
“I can’t speak for what’s going on across the nation, but I can tell you, right here in Larimer County and in Colorado, I’m completely comfortable with our system as we have it,” said Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Angela Myers, a Republican, on KCOL this week here at 20 min. “I feel like it’s been completely reliable. We’ve had no issues of any kind, no indication that there have been any issues of any kind of these many, many years.”
In Colorado, said Williams on KNUS over the weekend, “the process is working; we can prove that it’s working; we can show that every step of the way has been conducted properly.”
“With respect to Dominion, we have run over 350 risk-limiting audit tests on Dominion’s software in Colorado,” said Williams. “It has passed every single one of those. So we have verified in election after election, in county after county, that the system functions properly.”
Williams, who couldn’t seem to say enough good things about Colorado’s election process, pointed out on air that Trump’s homeland security director called Colorado the safest state.
On the radio, Myers explained in detail how the Dominion system works here, including information about audits that are routinely conducted.
Ellis explained to Caplis why she was not revealing information about her sources.
“We are making sure to protect everyone who has assisted in giving us this information,” Ellis told Caplis. “We appreciate the courage of everyone across American who has been providing this, including whistleblowers, including other people who for various reasons have access to or saw not just information related to Dominion but also all of these people like the two very courageous Board of Canvasser members in Wayne County, Michigan.”
“This is where the fake news media is unwilling to look at or understand,” added Ellis who told national reporters yesterday that their opinions don’t matter.
Caplis told Ellis how impressed he was with her professionalism.
“As this gets into courtrooms, I hope that you become the leader of the [Trump] team,” said Caplis on air. “Because it is moments like this where some of the greatest legal talent in American history has had a chance to show itself. And boy, I would love to see you at the tip of the spear.”
Efforts to reach Caplis to find out if the apparent reckless statement by Ellis about Colorado made him think differently about her were not successful.
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold issued a statement late Friday “regarding false narratives from the Trump legal team.”
“Colorado’s election model is considered the nation’s gold standard and has gained widespread bipartisan support since its implementation in 2013,” stated Griswold. “With that in mind, unfounded claims and false narratives made by President Trump’s campaign legal team are deeply troubling.
“Colorado’s 2020 general election has been extremely successful, holding true to our state’s high standards of election turnout, accessibility, and security. Colorado just completed the statewide post-election Risk Limiting Audit, which is an audit that provides a high statistical confidence in the election results. Colorado voters can rest assured that their voices have been heard and we look forward to certifying the 2020 General Election on November 30, notwithstanding any statutory recounts of local races.”
Ellis, a former assistant professor of legal studies at Colorado Christian University, isn’t the only Colorado Republican claiming that Dominion Voting somehow changed Colorado votes in Democrats’ favor.
Joe Oltmann, founder of the new conservative advocacy group FEC United, has also appeared on right-wing radio saying the same thing, also without evidence.
Oltmann claims to have discovered and secretly called into an “Antifa conference call” on which he heard someone he believes to be a Dominion executive say he fixed the election so Trump wouldn’t win.
Yet he refused to answer talk show host Peter Boyles’ basic questions, including: “What group hosted the call?” “How did you find out about it and get on?” “Do you have a recording of it?” Oltmann wouldn’t provide any of that information, saying only that he “took really good notes.” He did say he was in close contact with Trump lawyers regarding Dominion. Clearly frustrated, Boyles kept asking for proof.
“I want you to be right, said Boyles. “But you have to show me evidence.”
Yesterday FEC United, which worked closely with the Colorado Republican party during the election, activated its membership via text message to flood the Colorado Secretary of State office demanding that the Colorado election results not be certified:
“Urgent FEC United Call to Action
Call the Secretary of State 303-894-2200 #3 #4 for elections and tell them that you oppose certifying the election until there has been a complete investigation of the Dominion Software used in CO. It only takes 3 minutes. They have answered the phone. They need to know that even in CO, we are on to their scheme.”
Transcript of Ellis’ KHOW interview Nov. 20.
Ellis: Great to talk with you, Dan, thanks for having me. And to everyone in Colorado who is following this. You know, Dominion is actually in Colorado as well. And so we’ve been receiving quite a few emails, Dan. And I’ll kind of break some news here with you, that we are seeing how Dominion may have swung some of the state and local races in Colorado as well. I mean, this is stuff that is just incredible and is absolutely unconstitutional and goes against our fundamental constitutionally protected right to free and fair election. So this is massive.
Caplis: You know, Jenna, the information that you’re starting to get regarding Colorado is that in the form of whistleblower? Because I know at this point the campaign is citing some whistleblowers from inside Dominion as to, say, Michigan at the Detroit Counting Center. Are you getting that kind of information at this point out of Colorado?
Ellis: We’re getting some of that and we’re also getting some people who have independent knowledge and I’m not going to, of course, share anything further to protect their identity.
Updated with a comment from Griswold.