State and local officials are launching a grand jury investigation into allegations of election equipment tampering and official misconduct in Mesa County.
Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein and Attorney General Phil Weiser announced the convening of the grand jury in a news release Thursday morning, saying in a joint statement that the grand jury accepted the case on Wednesday.
Although Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters, a Republican, was not named in the announcement, local, state and federal officials have been investigating a possible security breach at the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s office for months as Peters and others allegedly An unauthorized permission was granted. In-person access to the election equipment during the Dominion Voting System software update in May, and the passwords were posted online later in August. It is not clear how many are under grand jury investigation.
A judge barred Peters and deputy clerk Belinda Nisley from overseeing the 2021 election. Peters continues to spread baseless claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
In November, the AG and DA offices confirmed that they, along with the FBI, had made a search related to alleged selection system violations at Peters’ home and Peters’ controversial claims that his home and that of his friends had been raided.
The Secretary of State’s Office asked Peters to sign a document that outlined what Peters could do for the 2022 elections if he wanted to return as the designated election official, including details about the Dominion Voting System machines. Including rejecting a statement made in it, but Peters rejected the motion, his Legal Defense Fund said Wednesday.
A grand jury in Colorado is often made up of a panel of about 12 people, nine of whom must find probable cause before they can charge someone – a standard used for sentencing in criminal trials. is less than. Prosecutors present evidence and witnesses to the grand jury, but the proceedings are kept secret. According to Attorney General Phil Weiser, even those under investigation are “dealed privately to ensure fairness”.
“The investigation will be thorough and guided by facts and law,” the joint statement said. “More information will be made available when prosecutors are ethically and legally permitted to provide additional details. To maintain the impartiality of the investigation, we have no further comment at this time.”
An FBI spokesperson did not immediately return requests for comment about the status of the federal investigation, and Peter’s Legal Defense Fund also did not respond to a request for comment early Thursday.