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President Donald Trump is in a “really good position” for Wednesday’s challenge in Congress, according to former Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell.
“The Democrats have moved from there’s not any fraud, to there’s not widespread [fraud], and now their new mantra is there is ‘not enough fraud to overturn’ the election,” Grenell told Newsmax, adding that “everybody knows this election was full of fraud.”
About a dozen senators, led by Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), are challenging states’ electoral votes. Well over 40 House lawmakers are also slated to partake in the challenge on Jan. 6 when the Joint Session of Congress meets.
“Every single time we tried to bring this forward to the courts, you know, they’ve just been largely dismissive,” said Grennell, who helped lead Trump’s legal challenges in Nevada. “So I think that the rule of law and the process is that, on Wednesday, we get to showcase this to the politicians and see where the chips fall.”
Grennell also praised Cruz, who called for an “emergency audit” of the election results.
“He is trying every possible legal effort to highlight this fraud, so we just have to have people that are willing to listen,” Grenell said.
On Sunday, Cruz elaborated on the potential challenge.
“I think we in Congress have an obligation to do something about that; we have an obligation to protect the integrity of the democratic system,” he told Fox Business on Sunday. The Republican senator noted that numerous Americans do not believe the Nov. 3 presidential election results were valid as Trump and his team have called for courts and state legislatures to overturn key states’ electoral results.
“We have an obligation to the voters,” he said Sunday, adding that senators “have an obligation to the Constitution to ensure that this election was lawful.”
A senator and a representative are needed to challenge states’ electoral votes. Then, a two-hour debate will be held on each state before a simple majority vote is held on whether to keep or overturn the states’ electoral vote, although some legal experts have speculated that Vice President Mike Pence, who is the president of the Senate during the Joint Session, can reject slates of electors.
In the House, the effort is being led by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who told The Epoch Times in November that he will challenge states’ electoral votes.
Several Republicans, including Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), have said they will not join the challenge.
Pennsylvania election data shows that over 432,000 votes were removed from President Donald Trump during the November election, data scientists say.
According to an analysis by the Data Integrity Group, obtained exclusively by The Epoch Times, votes for Trump—from both election day and mail-in ballots—were removed from the totals in at least 15 counties.
Time-series election data shows Trump’s votes decrementing in various counties at numerous time points instead of increasing as would be expected under normal circumstances.
The group said that election day vote removals happened during the vote tabulation process in at least 15 counties, including Lehigh County, Chester County, Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Westmoreland County, Northhampton County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Lackawanna County, Dauphin County, Pike County, Carbon County, Washington County, Erie County, and Luzerne County.
Meanwhile, absentee vote removals happened in Allegheny County, Chester County, and Lehigh County.
At least 432,116 votes—213,707 election day votes and 218,409 absentee votes—were removed in total.
“There were vote movements across all candidates. However, we did not see the same type of negative decrements to any of the [other] candidates that we saw with President Trump’s tallies, and they happened repeatedly with no explanation,” Lynda McLaughlin, a member of the group, told The Epoch Times.
The Pennsylvania Secretary of State’s office didn’t respond to a request for comments from The Epoch Times.
The Data Integrity Group is a group of scientists, engineers, and machine learning experts who have been working together to check whether or not there was manipulation of data in the 2020 general election.
The group’s lineup of data scientists includes Justin Mealey and Dave Lobue.
Mealey is a nine-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he worked as an electronic warfare technician, cryptologic technician, and Arabic linguist. He worked at the NSA as a mission manager for Levant/North Africa and later worked as a CIA contractor at the National Counter-Terrorism Center.
Lobue has 12 years of experience in data science and machine learning across financial services, telecommunications, and research consulting industries. He currently specializes in artificial intelligence applications.
Data scientists from the group have analyzed the election data for several states including Arizona and Georgia.
In their analysis of Georgia’s election data, the group said it found that more than 30,000 votes had been removed from Trump’s tally, and another 12,173 votes were switched to Biden.
The group didn’t name any state official, county official, or related voting machine manufacturers for wrongdoing.
However, the group urged the state to authorize forensic audits to uphold election integrity and said it is irresponsible to certify the results before the alleged errors and anomalies are explained.
“The bottom line is the errors were made. Data confirms these errors and it shouldn’t matter if they were machine or human, they’re still errors and deserve a second review and thorough analysis with forensic audits to find the answers,” the group said.
Pennsylvania’s electors cast their votes for Biden and Kamala Harris as president-elect and vice president-elect on Dec. 14, 2020.
State-certified results show Biden won the Keystone State by 80,555 votes.
Edison Admits One Error in Vote Switching
During the vote tabulation process, the results, which are commonly known as tabulated results, are sent to the secretary of state’s office. The data is then also shared with the media via Edison Research.
Errors could be made in several steps in the election result reporting process.
Though it’s unclear what caused the errors that were flagged by the Data Integrity Group, Edison Research did admit a reporting error that happened separately.
In a widely-circulated video clip of CNN’s live election night broadcast, 19,958 votes were seen being switched from Trump to Biden in 30 seconds.
Rob Farman, executive vice president at Edison, admitted that the “switching” stemmed from a brief reporting error from Edison Research.
He told The Associated Press that a state feed from Armstrong, Pennsylvania, first showed the correct values of 24,233 votes for Trump and 4,275 for Biden, but a team member had mistakenly entered them backward—4,275 for Trump and 24,233 for Biden. Farman said the company’s quality control team discovered the error and corrected it that night.