FBI joins Colorado DA probe into voting machine passwords shared on social media

According to the Washington Examiner, the FBI has moved to investigate troubling allegations regarding voting machines in Colorado’s Mesa County.  

The media outlet states that District Attorney Dan Rubenstein has “obtained and executed search warrants” connected to a security breach earlier this month which resulted in voting equipment passwords appearing on the social media platform Telegram.

What’s more, a spokesperson has told the Examiner that Rubenstein’s office is “in the process of identifying and interviewing potential witnesses” relating to the investigation.

A representative from the FBI’s Denver office reportedly told CNN that his agency will be providing the district attorney with assistance.

More investigations

As the Examiner noted in a previous report, Rubenstein’s efforts come as Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) has already announced that her office is looking into the matter.

On Aug. 9, Griswold ordered Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters to provide video surveillance footage of the machines for review by her office.

“In response to this breach in protocols, the Secretary of State’s office has sent an Order requesting inspection of election equipment and other relevant materials to the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder,” Griswold said in a statement.

“Depending on the outcome of the investigation, these violations may result in the decertification of the voting systems in Mesa County,” Griswold added.

Changing the process

The Examiner reported that investigators working for Griswold have since determined that pictures of the equipment were taken “outside of normal work hours” by Peters along with two other individuals. The pair were later identified as county clerk’s office employee Sandra Brown and another individual named Gerald Brown.

In response to those findings, Griswold moved on Tuesday to task Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner with supervising elections. She also established an advisory committee to assist Reiner.

The new committee will be comprised of state Rep. Janice Rich (R), Ouray County Clerk and Recorder Michelle Nauer, as well as former Secretary of State Bernie Buescher (D).

The Examiner noted that MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has embraced Peters, praising her as an election fraud whistleblower. He said during an episode of Steve Bannon’s War Room that Peters is currently “in a safe place.”

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