At nearly the same moment that Donald Trump’s Russia investigation is being blown wide open, another major scandal regarding an election has come to light – and the GOP should be terrified.
It’s just been reported that the Georgia attorney general’s office will no longer be representing state election officials due to a elections integrity lawsuit involving a computer server that was wiped three days after that lawsuit was filed. This lawsuit’s goal is to do away with Georgia’s problematic touchscreen technology because it does not leave a paper trail that can be examined and audited.
The server being scrutinized had already made headlines in June, after a security expert identified a major security issue that went six months without being fixed after it was reported to election authorities – which mean that for Georgia’s 6 million+ voters, personal data was put at risk, as well as important passwords that gave access to the files.
Christina Correia, the assistant state attorney general in charge of the case, has just told the court that her office would be withdrawing from the case. Her spokeswoman, Katelyn McCreary, didn’t offer much of an explanation except for that she couldn’t make remarks “on pending matters.”
Correia had previously stated that data on the server was wiped clean on July 7th, by technicians at the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University. The data that was erased was a critical piece toward finding out if Georgia’s congressional special election had been affected by hackers – a move that could have handed the election to Democrat Jon Ossoff instead of Republican Karen Handel.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp is a Republican running for governor in 2018, and he has passionately denied that he knew that data destruction was going to happen, or that he ordered it. His office insisted that Kennesaw State officials had followed “standard IT practices” and that their actions “were not undertaken to delete evidence.” However, this certainly looks shady because Kemp’s office had originally stated that the Kennesaw State’s erasing of the service was reckless.
The plaintiff in the case is Executive Director Marilyn Marks of the Coalition for Good Governance, and she stated that the withdrawal of Correia’s office was shocking, but not unexpected. She stated that Kemp had been hiding information. She said:
There have been multiple conflicting stories of how and when the evidence on the servers was destroyed.”
Right now, it seems as though the Republican Party is drowning in its own scandals. They should be very, very worried about the future of the GOP.
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