This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.
In a stunning development out of Wayne County, Michigan – two GOP members of the Board of Canvassers have rescinded their certifications of the Nov. 3 vote, claiming they were bullied into approving the election results in the state’s most populous county, which includes Detroit and surrounding areas.
Their initial refusal to vote placed the Board in a 2-2 deadlock, putting in jeopardy the state’s ability to certify Joe Biden’s win. Hours later, the two flip-flopped and agreed to certify. Now, they’re taking it back.
“I rescind my prior vote to certify Wayne County elections,” wrote Monica Palmer in a sworn affidavit, who along with fellow GOP board member William C. Hartmann refused to certify the election on Tuesday. The two fell under intense pressure from the left – with Palmer claiming that her family was threatened (via Just The News). The two were also doxxed over social media.
Hartmann, in a similar affidavit, wrote “I voted not to certify, and I still believe this vote should not be certified.” He added that he and Palmer “were berated and ridiculed by members of the public and other Board members.”
“The public ostracism continued for hours…” he continued – next describing how he was told by Wayne County attorney, Janet Anderson-Davis, that “discrepancies [in the vote] were not a reason to reject the certification,“ and that he only voted to certify “based on her explicit legal guidance.”
“Later that evening, I was enticed to agree to certify based on a promise that a full and independent audit would take place,” he said – only to learn on Wednesday that state officials had reneged or would otherwise not honor the audit.
Affidavit of William Hartmann – interesting question on pg4 about 'private monies directing local officials' https://t.co/Z24g9jRNMd pic.twitter.com/cqDNj2XDEw
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) November 19, 2020
As JustTheNews‘ John Solomon notes, “It was not immediately unclear whether the Tuesday night compromise was binding or could be changed, or whether the two members’ decision to announce their rescinded votes would stop Michigan state officials from proceeding to name electors.”
There is no statute in Michigan’s Complied Laws regarding accessory after the fact but it survives under common law. An accessory after the fact is defined as “one who, with knowledge of the other’s guilt, renders assistance to a felon in the effort to hinder his detection, arrest, trial or punishment”.
(a) Whoever aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures the commission of an offense, is punishable as a principal. (b) Whoever willfully causes an act to be done which if directly performed by him or another would be an offense, is punishable as a principal.
Counties that fail to certify send evidence to Secretary of State (a Dem) and State Board of Canvassers to certify. State Board similarly split (2 D’s, 2 R’s). In the end obstruction is unlikely to work. But it is a clear effort to deligitimize election and delay.
68.31a Election audit; procedures.
Sec. 31a. (1) In order to ensure compliance with the provisions of this act, after each election the secretary of state may audit election precincts.
(2) The secretary of state shall prescribe the procedures for election audits that include reviewing the documents, ballots, and procedures used during an election as required in section 4 of article II of the state Rendered Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Page 14 Michigan Compiled Laws Complete Through PA 249 of 2020 Legislative Council, State of Michigan
So-called conservatives have flip-flopped, since Reconstruction and suffragettes, soon to be equally-tagged as cattle. The bullies exist under a haze of moral equivalence, if not as members of a protected class, given legal advantages over the normals.
My wife, who is superbly educated, and from eastern Europe, says the US is unfortunately becoming a third world country, and that the process is accelerating. There is open lawlessness in the streets, corrupt elections, gross official corruption, huge gov’t debt and massive money printing, hyper wealth concentration, degraded culture, illegal immigration, and an ongoing loss of rights; all are signature traits of a collapsing nation and a failing society. Additionally, she said it is obvious that it is not something occurring spontaneously, but strongly appears to be organized and directed, and sadly, the whole world is watching it happen. She’s right of course, what can I say?