During his first extended interview since the election, President Donald Trump protested loudly about the Department of Justice and the FBI’s lack of action in examining election fraud. The two agencies have been as quiet as church mice thus far. Trump assailed these government authorities as missing in action and mused aloud whether they were involved in what millions of Americans believe has been election fraud on a massive scale.
“This is a total fraud, and how the FBI and Department of Justice — I don’t know, maybe they’re involved — but how people are allowed to get away with this stuff is unbelievable,” Trump told Fox’s Maria Bartiromo. But wait, could it be that the nation’s highest law enforcement agency is out there digging for dirt?
The Scoop No One Will Talk About
In the tumultuous aftermath of Nov. 3, a national conservative non-profit called the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society partnered with former data chief and strategist for the Trump campaign, Matt Braynard, to see if there was any evidence of voter fraud. Their efforts appear to have caught the eye of someone in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Braynard tweeted, “The @FBI has proactively and directly requested from me the VIP [Voter Integrity Project] findings that indicate illegal ballots. – By Tuesday, we will have delivered to the agency all of our data, including names, addresses, phone numbers, etc.”
Confirming this information was Amistad Project Director Phillip Kline, who tweeted just a couple of hours later: “After learning that hundreds of thousands of ballots are potentially fraudulent – The FBI has now requested to look at our data.” Then he followed with this statement:
“The Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society retained Matt Braynard and his team after Election Day to develop data analysis to cultivate as evidence to support election integrity lawsuits in the battleground states. We’ve learned that Mr. Braynard was contacted by FBI Special Agent Young Oh of the FBI Los Angeles Field Office seeking our data. Mr. Braynard is cooperating with this request, and we fully support him. This data has been used to identify hundreds of thousands of Potentially fraudulent ballots in the states where we filed litigation. More about this data will be made available in Matt Braynard’s appearance before a meeting with legislators in Arizona tomorrow.”
The Voter Integrity Project (VIP) appears to be Braynard’s baby through and through. His VIP team has crunched a dizzying array of numbers since Election Day and come up with more than a few oddities.
For example, there is a provision in Wisconsin for people to request an absentee ballot should they be “indefinitely confined” in their home. This type of ballot request permits a resident to vote early by mail without showing any identification for an absentee ballot.
Keep in mind that COVID was excluded from this provision and not considered a “legal reason” to receive this ballot. In previous years, the requests for “indefinite confinement” ballots in Wisconsin were nominal. However, this year Braynard’s research shows there were almost 170,000 people who asked for them.
Braynard recently encapsulated his discoveries from the Voter Integrity Project. In an extended video presentation, he comes off as a credible data analyst and goes to great lengths to substantiate the detail that went into the endeavor. He does not appear to be a conspiracy theorist or someone with an ax to grind. Although he’s obviously partisan, the data analyst seems to be the kind of person who leads with logic rather than emotion. Perhaps this is the reason Braynard’s VIP project caught the attention of the FBI.
The findings and conclusions of the Voter Integrity Project were made from the raw election data from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The VIP team went so far as to place personal phone calls to hundreds if not thousands of voters. They analyzed National Change of Address forms; they investigated double voting by individuals in swing states and charges that “the dead” voted, etc. From the results of what certainly presents as an exhaustive study, Braynard concluded:
“I have no confidence that Joe Biden is the deserved winner of this election based on our findings and the current results of the election in the states of Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, and potentially other states. He may have won, he may not have won. Trump may have lost — he may have been re-elected. We just can’t know because of how bad this election system has operated.”
As of 3 p.m. on Nov. 30, the only thing new on Braynard’s Twitter account was that there was “good patriot energy at the #ArizonaHearing.” Arizona has since certified its election for Biden. What Special Agent Young Oh of the FBI Los Angeles Field Office will do with Braynard’s data is anyone’s guess. However, just the fact that someone from the Bureau has asked for it is more than a bit curious.
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