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During a Georgia Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Thursday, President Donald Trump’s legal team presented surveillance footage that they claimed showed election supervisors in Fulton County booting poll workers and then suspiciously pulling out “suitcases” and continuing to count more ballots themselves.
“Jacki Pick, a lawyer who is volunteering with the campaign’s legal case, said the team received video footage from State Farm Arena’s vote-tabulation center in Fulton County, Georgia,” The Epoch Times reported after the hearing.
“According to Pick, an unusual occurrence took place … in the evening at around 10 p.m. local time: A woman — described as a blonde woman with braids — told workers to stop counting and notified everyone to go home.”
Describing the footage, Pick reportedly said in her own words, “Everyone clears out, including the Republican observers and the press, but four people stay behind and continue counting and tabulating well into the night.”
The surveillance footage reportedly shows them counting til around 1:00 am in the morning.
Watch a portion of the footage below, and listen closely to Pick’s words:
WATCH: Footage of State Farm Arena in #Atlanta shows that after poll monitors and media were told counting was done, four workers stayed behind to count #ballots, at times pulling out suitcases containing ballots from underneath desks.
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) December 3, 2020
“What you’re going to see happen at about 11:00 is once everybody is gone, coast is clear, they’re going to pull ballots out from underneath a table. Watch this table,” Picks says in the video above.
“We did not know when we first watched this, is it normal to store suitcases of ballots under a table, under a table cloth?”
In the more close-up view below, she continues speaking.
— Grant Stinchfield (@stinchfield1776) December 3, 2020
“At about 8:00 in the morning … this table, the black one, was placed there by the lady with the blonde braids at about 8:22 in the morning. So she put that table there,” Pick says.
“So the same person who’s staying behind now, the same person who cleared the place out under the pretense that we’re going to stop counting, is the person who put the table there.”
In a statement to The Epoch Times, Georgia election officials claimed that the “suitcases” were just ballot containers and that nothing unusual had happened.
“If you look at the videotape, the work you see is the work you would expect, which is you take the sealed suitcase looking at things in it, you place the ballots on the scanner in manageable batches and you scan them,” Gabriel Sterling, the head of Georgia’s voting system implementation manager, said.
Frances Watson, the chief investigator for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, added, “There wasn’t a bin that had ballots in it under that table. It was an empty bin and the ballots from it were actually out on the table when the media were still there, and then it was placed back into the box when the media were still there and placed next to the table.”
But according to the Times, neither official “explained … why the suitcase-looking boxes for ballots were kept under a table and were then taken out after other workers were — as Pick claimed — told to go home on Election Night after 10 p.m. They also did not say where the suitcases came from or who placed them under the table.”
Regardless, this footage was enough to finally spur Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, into action.
After weeks of facing criticism for not doing enough to root out and combat alleged voter fraud and impropriety in the 2020 presidential election, late Thursday he publicly called for a signature audit of the state’s election results.
Speaking on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle, he said, “I called early on for a signature audit. Obviously, the secretary of state, per the laws in the Constitution, would have to order that. He has not done that. I think it should be done.”
“I think especially [given] what we saw today, it raises more questions. There needs to be transparency on that. I would again call for that. I think in the next 24 hours hopefully we will see a lot more from the hearings that the legislature had today and we will be able to look and see what the next steps are.”
But Raffensperger has refused from day one to give credence to such voter fraud/impropriety allegations — a move so inexplicable it prompted President Donald Trump to describe him as “an enemy of the people” last week.
This week Raffensperger doubled down, delivering a statement to the media in which he portrayed both the president and his supporters as naive, simple-minded know-things who’re being deceived with “fantastic claims, half-truths, misinformation.”
“There are those who are exploiting the emotions of many Trump supporters with fantastic claims, half-truths, misinformation and, frankly, they’re misleading the president as well, apparently,” he said.
GA Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger (R): “There are those who are exploiting the emotions of many Trump supporters with fantastic claims, half truths, misinformation. And frankly, they are misleading the president as well, apparently.” pic.twitter.com/M1IS53N74W
— The Recount (@therecount) November 30, 2020
As of Friday morning, he had yet to comment on or explain the surveillance footage shared by the president’s legal team.
Watch Pick’s full testimony below:
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