The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted raids on the homes of Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and several of her associates on Tuesday, including a political operative who managed Rep. Lauren Boebert’s 2020 campaign for Congress. Mesa County is a county of 155,000 in Colorado.
The raids follow allegations of election security breaches against Peters and her associates, with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold having accused the the county official of compromising election software and releasing Mesa County elections system passwords in a video that circulated online over the summer. A court ruling prohibited Peters from overseeing Mesa County’s Nov. 2, election, in response to a lawsuit from Griswold accusing Peters of a breach and neglect of duty. Digital copies of Mesa County election system hard drives appeared on the website 8kun days after the passwords were published, with Griswold alleging that mandatory 24-hour surveillance of sensitive election systems had been compromised by Peters’ office.
Griswold also alleges that an unauthorized person was involved in a software update of election systems in the county, and has sought to decertify dozens of computer systems under Peters’ authority.
Another home also raided was that of Sherronna Bishop, a Garfield County resident who managed the 2020 campaign of now-representative Lauren Boebert.
“We executed four federally court-authorized operations today to gather evidence in connection with the investigation into the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s Office,” District Attorney Dan Rubinstein told Colorado Politics. “We did so with assistance from the DA’s office from the 21st Judicial District, the Attorney General’s Office and the FBI.”
Ms. Peters has indicated that she believes the 2020 election was stolen, citing supposed evidence as “undeniable” and arguing for the existence of “election fraud on a very high scale.”
Peters appeared on a program hosted by MyPillow founder Mike Lindell on Tuesday following the raid, describing federal agents entering her home with a battering ram and accusing her of federal crimes. Ms. Peters indicates that several of her electronic devices were confiscated. Mr. Lindell has indicated he’s seeking to safeguard Peters’ personal safety, citing what he says are threats to her person.
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