Politics Trump campaign’s star witness in Michigan was deemed ‘not credible.’ Then, her loud testimony went viral.

15:15  03 december  2020
15:15  03 december  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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In Pennsylvania earlier, the Trump campaign tried to stop the state from certifying its results. The head of Trump ' s legal team, Rudy Giuliani, argued For example, Judge Timothy Kenny ruled that about half a dozen affidavits from Republican poll watchers in Michigan were "incorrect and not credible "

Several credible witnesses testified on the Dominion voting machines and other irregularities that point to outright Democrat voter fraud. “10 days before they quit tabulating…They thought they were done [counting ballots] and then more truck loads of ballots were coming in.

Weeks after Melissa Carone was tapped by the Trump campaign as a star witness in Michigan, little appeared to be going as planned with the contract IT worker’s testimony — an unverified series of claims about ballot fraud at Detroit’s vote-counting center.

a group of people sitting at a table: Melissa Carone, an IT contractor who made unsubstantiated allegations of ballot fraud at Detroit's vote-counting center, and Trump campaign attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani speak before the Michigan state House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. Melissa Carone, an IT contractor who made unsubstantiated allegations of ballot fraud at Detroit's vote-counting center, and Trump campaign attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani speak before the Michigan state House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

In interviews with conservative-leaning media, last month, her offbeat tale suggesting ballots were being smuggled inside food vans seemed to baffle even Fox Business host Lou Dobbs. Two days later, a Wayne County judge ruled that her allegations “simply are not credible.”

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Trump ’ s campaign circulated her remarks on Twitter. The Detroit Free Press reports that Antrim County uses Dominion Voting Systems equipment. Results are stored on computer cards at precincts, then uploaded to another computer by county election officials.

The problems come amid accusations from the Trump campaign that voter fraud linked to late or improperly marked mail-in ballots tipped the scales in Biden’ s favor. Trump was initially leading in Michigan before the state flipped blue. On Wednesday morning, the president was ahead by about

Yet, there she was in front of a Michigan House panel on Wednesday, dressing down a Republican lawmaker as she loudly insisted, without proof, that tens of thousands of votes had been counted twice. At one point, she was audibly shushed by Trump campaign attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani.

“I know what I saw,” Carone told state Rep. Steven Johnson (R), raising her eyebrows sharply as some laughs could be heard from the chamber. “And I signed something saying if I’m wrong, I can go to prison. Did you?”

On social media, her pointed declarations, Midwestern lilt and poofy, blond updo drew comparisons to “Saturday Night Live” characters played by Victoria Jackson and Cecily Strong. By early on Thursday, one clip of her exchange with Johnson had been viewed about 9 million times.

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In Pennsylvania alone Trump ’ s legal counsel Rudy Guliani had testimony of She threw out Tom Fitton, who is very credible . Sadly, there is nowhere else that Tom Fitton is Reports now, michigan council are meeting Right now to try and change the rulebook to make Trump lose Recount rights.

For many following along, the viral clips of Carone appear to sum up the last-ditch legal efforts by the Trump campaign to challenge the vote in swing states won by President-elect Joe Biden. As the campaign’s lawsuits have been repeatedly tossed out in court, Giuliani has instead urged Republican legislators to embrace his unverified claims of fraud and halt their states’ vote certifications.

The key witness in that campaign? A woman whose baseless claims about illegal ballots even made Giuliani reportedly point out that he had only just met her this week.

Carone, Giuliani and the Trump campaign all did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Washington Post late on Wednesday night.

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A contractor for Dominion Voting Systems, which supplies voting technology for election jurisdictions nationwide, Carone stumbled into the national spotlight last month as one of a handful of “extraordinary witnesses” cited by Giuliani to support the Trump campaign’s unverified claims of a “stolen election.”

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Trump won the election last night, taking Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan , Wisconsin and North Carolina, among anchor states like Florida and Texas. But in the middle of the night Democrats went to work stealing the election by fabricating fake voting numbers in Michigan and Wisconsin.

In Michigan , the president has faced a setback with a judge scoffing at Trump ’ s lawsuit to stop the count in the state due to allegations voter fraud. Earlier, a judge in Georgia also dismissed lawsuit by Trump campaign that requested to ensure that state laws were followed in regards to absentee ballots.

On Election Day, Carone said she worked a nonstop, 24-hour shift at Detroit’s vote-counting operation at TCF Center, tasked with IT support for Dominion’s machines. In an affidavit filed on Nov. 10, she claimed seeing some ballots being illegally scanned multiple times and suggested that vans meant to bring in meals for elections workers were hiding tens of thousands of ballots instead.

Carone’s affidavit was included in a lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign seeking to halt the certification of election results in Wayne County, a liberal, vote-rich area where Biden racked up much of his support. Wayne County Circuit Judge Timothy Kenny denied that request on Nov. 13, saying Carone’s and other witnesses’s “interpretation of events is incorrect and not credible.”

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Nearly a month later, she continued making the same allegations in separate testimonies this week before the Michigan House and Michigan Senate Oversight Committees.

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“Everything that happened at that TCF Center was fraud,” she declared on Tuesday. “Every single thing.”

During her exchange with Johnson the following day, the GOP state lawmaker questioned her claim that 30,000 votes were counted multiple times but were not reflected in the poll book, a record of how many ballots were cast.

“We’re not seeing the poll book off by 30,000 votes,” he said.

“What’d you guys do, take it and do something crazy to it?” Carone fired back, before telling him there were “zero registered voters” in Wayne County’s poll book and that the turnout rate had been “120 percent.” (Biden won Michigan by more than 154,000 votes.)

When another representative suggested she should be “under oath” during her testimony, Carone got personal.

“I am a mother, I have two children, I have two degrees,” Carone said in a clip that was shared on Twitter Wednesday by President Trump. “I don’t know any woman in the world that would write an affidavit under oath just to write it. You can go to prison for this.”

Asked later why more people did not come forward with allegations of fraud, she claimed that Trump’s critics had ruined the lives and reputations of witnesses like her. She added that she lost family and friends, received threats, had to move, change her phone number and take down her social media accounts. (A Facebook account with the name “Mellissa Carone,” which promoted her media appearances in November and repeatedly expressed support for Trump, still appears visible on the social media website.)

“My life has been completely destroyed because of this,” she said.

But on social media, her allegations seemed to be drawing far more attention for what they said about the Trump campaign.

“Imagine lining up your witnesses,” one person wrote on Twitter, “and this is the best you got.”

Tom Hamburger in Detroit contributed to this report.

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In Michigan, Guiliani waved binders, floated baseless conspiracy theories and complained of what he called election "theft." He was rebuffed.Just a day earlier in Washington, Attorney General William Barr had contradicted claims of malfeasance that Trump and Giuliani have promoted in their efforts to overturn the election won by President-elect Joe Biden. Barr told the Associated Press the Justice Department had not found evidence of widespread voter fraud.

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