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Footage shows Trump allies spending hours in Georgia election office day of breach

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 9/20/2022 Ryan King
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Newly released footage shows a crew of forensics experts spending nearly eight hours in a restricted section of a county elections office in Georgia conducting a review on behalf of Trump lawyers.

The video appears to contradict testimony from a so-called alternative elector in Georgia named Cathy Latham, who claimed under sworn testimony that she was not involved in an alleged breach on that day and only briefly popped by the foyer and front desk, the Washington Post reported.


Latham, chairwoman of the Coffee County Republican Party, is under criminal investigation for participating in the so-called alternative elector scheme. During the fallout from the 2020 election, lawyers and allies of former President Donald Trump tapped a team of forensic experts at tech firm SullivanStrickler to audit election machines in a handful of locations across the country, including Coffee County, Georgia.

The footage appears to show Latham visiting the elections office for about four hours, including in and out of areas where forensics experts conducted their work, on the day of the alleged breach, per the Washington Post. She was also reportedly seen taking a selfie with one of the tech experts.

“Failing to accurately remember the details of events from almost two years ago is not lying," a lawyer for Latham told the outlet.

The new video was released as part of a lawsuit over security concerns in the 2020 election in Georgia.

Experts may have gained access to and copied sensitive voter data and “personally identifiable information” of nearly 7 million voters in Georgia, claimed David Cross, a lawyer for plaintiffs involved in the lawsuit against SullivanStrickler, per the New York Times.

Election systems in the county were "breached" on Jan. 7, 2021 — the same day the forensic analysts conducted a review in the county elections office, according to multiple reports. Lawyers for Latham also appeared to dispute claims that the system had been breached and was instead subject to "a permissible exercise of the County Elections Board’s authority," per the report.

Latham's lawyers also underscored that the parties involved in the Jan. 7, 2021, visit were under the impression they had the authority to carry out their assessment of the county's voter system, which "negates any possible criminal intent," according to court filings.

During the tumultuous fallout from the 2020 election, tech experts at SullivanStrickler conducted reviews in Clark County, Nevada; Wayne County, Michigan; Antrim County, Michigan; and Coffee County, Georgia, according to court documents. They had been dispatched by Trump-aligned lawyers, such as Sidney Powell, to conduct their election audits.


Data the company analyzed from Clark County and Antrim County were subsequently found exhibited in MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's election symposium last year, raising security concerns about their review.

The Washington Examiner reached out to representatives for Latham and SullivanStrickler for comment.


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