Photos posted today to the conservative social media platform Telegram show law enforcement officers including the FBI executing a search warrant yesterday at the Grand Junction residence of Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, who is under criminal investigation for her role in the release of confidential 2020 election data to a QAnon-linked blog.
According to Colorado Politics, Peters told fellow election conspiracist My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell that the officers involved “looked very much like they were in a combat zone — soldiers with automatic weapons and combat gear.”
Images of the search, posted by election conspiracist Dr. Douglas Frank, do not show any automatic weapons, but they do show some officers wearing military-style Kevlar vests.
Frank declined to share the source of the images, though at least one appears to be a screenshot from the home’s Ring door camera, which presumably can only be accessed by or with permission of the homeowner. Using property records and publicly available images, the Colorado Times Recorder confirmed that the residence in the images is owned by Clerk Peters. The third image shows an FBI agent at Peters’ door, just before, according to Frank, he covered the Ring camera lens with tape.
The Mesa County District Attorney’s office declined to share details of the operation but did offer a statement.
“On the morning of Nov. 16, the FBI conducted federally-authorized law enforcement actions into potential criminal activity by employees of the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s Office and others associated with those employees,” said Mesa County District Attorney’s office spokesperson Stephanie Reecy in the statement. “The activity occurred in both Mesa and Garfield Counties at four separate locations. Investigators with the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office (Mesa County, Colo.) and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office assisted in the operations. No arrests were made, and the operations are related to ongoing investigations. Per order of a federal court, all documents related to these operations are sealed.”
Peters gave an interview to fellow election conspiracist Mike Lindell last night, telling him that one of the other homes searched belongs to former Sherronna Bishop, another conspiracist and conservative activist.
Bishop previously served as Congresswoman Lauren Boebert’s (R-CO) campaign manager, before stepping down following news coverage of her publicly praising the Proud Boys extremist group. Despite her resignation, the two appear to remain close, appearing in photos that have been posted publicly on social media.
In August, Lindell flew Bishop and Peters, along with Mesa GOP Vice-Chair Jacqueline Anderson and her husband Cory, a Three Percenter militia member, to his election fraud conspiracy conference in South Dakota.
Those flights are the subject of an ethics complaint against Peters that the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission just determined to have sufficient merit to continue.
Frank also spoke at that event. All of them believe the 2020 election was rigged in favor of President Biden, specifically ascribing to Frank’s conspiracy theory that hackers inserted software into each county’s election machines that cast so-called “phantom ballots” to add votes for Biden. Frank and other conspiracists working with Lindell are touring the country organizing activists in other states to run canvassing efforts in search of evidence of the fraud they believe occurred, exporting a practice that was largely developed and executed on a large scale first in Colorado.
More recently Peters spoke at a QAnon-linked conference in Salt Lake City, telling attendees that her deputy clerk, the first individual to be criminally charged, had been framed.
Bishop helped bring Frank to Colorado to speak on both the Western Slope and the Front Range earlier this year.
After speaking to USEIP members and other conservative activists in Mesa County, Frank traveled to Denver where he joined former Trump attorney and John Eastman, then a visiting professor at the University of Colorado’s Benson Center, in presenting multiple election fraud conspiracies to a panel of Republican state legislators.