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Auditors in Arizona expect to soon finish their hand recount of the nearly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 presidential election.

“I think the counting will be done by the end of this week,” former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a Republican, told reporters on June 8 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, where the audit is taking place.

The audit teams are shifting resources to ballot evaluation work, including things “related to whether the ballot was authentic,” Bennett added to The Epoch Times.

“So there’s pictures of the ballots, we should find folds in the ones that were mailed in, which is the vast majority, I think 92 percent of them work by mail, so folds in the ballots for those that were sent by mail, there’s going to be a few at early voting locations that might be folded differently or not have holes in them. One of the microscopic cameras is looking for alignment marks and other things that are supposed to be aligned as far as the front and back of the ballot on an authentic ballot. Looking at the depression made in the oval when a handwritten writing instrument is used to fill out that oval as opposed to an inkjet or a Xerox machine making those marks, which obviously don’t want that happening,” he said.

The ballot evaluation will take most of the rest of the month, according to Bennett, who is the Arizona Senate’s liaison for the audit.

Randy Pullen, a former chairman of the Arizona Republican Party who is also serving as a spokesman for the audit, told reporters earlier on June 8 that 1.6 million of the nearly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County in last year’s election had been counted.

Auditors are also still reviewing data that was captured from election machines, including tabulators, Bennett told The Epoch Times. The Arizona Senate, meanwhile, is still considering whether to expand the audit to bring in a new firm that would examine ballot images and provide a third set of numbers to compare to the original tabulation and the dataset that the auditors come up with.

The state Senate ordered the audit late last year amid concerns of election integrity. The audit started on April 23. The Senate has control of the arena through June 30 to finish the audit, according to an agreement obtained by The Epoch Times.

More and more workers have been brought on in recent days to help plow through the work, and officials added a third shift that runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. every night.

After the audit work is completed, the auditors, led by Florida-based Cyber Ninjas, are going to produce a final report to the Senate. The report will be delivered one week after the other phases are completed, according to a scope of work document the firm gave to the Senate.

The audit is largely supported by Republicans, including the Arizona Republican Party, and has drawn lawmakers from other states for tours, but has faced criticism from Democrats, who tried to halt the process in court earlier this year over security and privacy concerns.

A judge in late April ruled against the Arizona Democratic Party, saying they had not provided “substantive evidence of any breaches or threatened breaches of voter privacy.”

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who is running for governor, has said observers she sent to the audit have witnessed “problematic practices, changing policies, and security threats” that will render the audit findings “unreliable.” Bennett and other officials connected to the process have disputed those claims.

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  • Shelley Burger says:

    Why did the ballots get examined while they were being counted? This means that all of the ballots will be touched again. Is this Audit company getting paid by the hour? if so, a whole bunch of money just got wasted.

    • James Rentschler says:

      Shelley Burger This is not about Money! This is not about Trump deplorables! Your government is flushing trillions of your tax dallars down the tolet every day. This is about your constitutional right as and American citizen, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian what ever, to a free and fair process of electing our leaders! This is the cornerstone of our Republic as a nation of FREE people we have to demand confidence in our process! Americans have questions reguarding the 2020 vote, if it was the most honest and fair process in history, Democrats have the opportunity to prove it and begin to heal our nation. Why don’t they want that?

  • Pat says:

    If the Dimms really think that ole’ Biden won the election, why would they NOT want this audit and the same done in EVERY state? Prove what you say is true! They KNOW that they cheated and are terrified of being found out!

  • D says:

    SIGNATURE VERIFICATION AFTER BALLOT IS PROVED AUTHENTIC AND NOT FILLED OUT BY NON-PERSON(COMPUTER, PRINTER ETC)..SIGNATURE VERIFICATION WITH MANY INSTANT REGISTERED “VOTERS” (ILLEGALS, NOT QUALIFIED VOTERS, ETC) WHERE THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A SIGNATURE ON FILE….HOW ABOUT NUMBERS ON HOW MANY VOTERS IN ARIZONA WERE ALLOWED TO BE IREGISTERED AND VOTE SAME DAY(THEY WOULD BE A AUTOMATIC AUDIT PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP, PROOF OF RESIDENCY IN STATE, ….VERIFYING SIGNATURE OF CONFIRMED VOTER WHO WAS LEGALLY REGISTERED DID INDEED VOTE AND VOTED FOR WHAT CANDIDATE(TOUGH ONE TO CONFIRM- HAVE TO ASK IF THEY WANT TO DIVULGE), FOR IF A “STOLEN” BALLOT ANYBODY COULD SIGN , BECAUSE IT APPEARS SIGNATURE VERIFICATION MACHINES WERE MANIPULATED EVERYWHERE IN USA AND DIALED DOWN THAT CHICKEN SCRATCH COULD PASS,,,ONE SUCH TEST WAS PROVEN BY A REPORTER IN ANOTHER SUIT STATE WHERE HE SIGNED MULTIPLE BALLOTS POSING AS MULTIPLE VOTERS AND OVER 90% PASSED….JOVAN PULITZER , INVENTOR OF BAR CODE AND 200 PATENTS INVOLVING DIGITAL “FOOTPRINT” AND FORENSIC EXPERT OF PAPER(BALLOT) HISTORY AND ORIGIN, HE HACKED INTO LIVE GEORGIA SENATE ELECTION BALLOT MACHINE DURING SENATE ELECTIONS(IN 10-15 MINUTES) WHILE TESTIFYING LIVEI N GEORGIA DELEGATE HEARINGS ON ELECTION FRAUD HE HELD UP HIS E-DEVICE AND SHOWED HE WAS HACKED IN WHILE VOTING WAS GOING ON…BRINGIGN IN ALL THESE”VOTER COUNTERS” AND SHIFTS SOUNDS LIKE EASY CALL OF NOT SECURE OPERATION OFBALLOTS , WE KNOW TOO MANY INSTANCES OF ELECTION BALLOT WORKERS IN VOTING CENTERS OF BEING SERIOUSLY CRIMIAL, FRAUDULENT IN THE VIDEO’S OF THEM AND SOME WERE ELECTION BALLOT WORKERS FOR YEARS AND ARIZONA IS LETTING WHO COUNT THE BALLOTS INSHIFTS AND ADDED SHIFTS CAN’T BE SECURE , HIGH SECURITY EMPLOYEES FROM FORENSIC AUDIT CYBER CONTRACTORS

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    A federal judge took the extraordinary rare step of issuing a temporary restraining order halting President Joe Biden’s $4 billion loan forgiveness program for minority farmers, saying the plan replaced one form of discrimination with another because white farmers are excluded.

    Wisconsin Judge William Griesbach, a George W. Bush appointee, also claimed the plan did not give adequate examples of recent hardships imposed on minority farmers.

    “The obvious response to a government agency that claims it continues to discriminate against farmers because of their race or national origin is to direct it to stop: it is not to direct it to intentionally discriminate against others on the basis of their race and national origin,” Griesbach wrote.

    “Indeed, Congress can implement race-neutral programs to help farmers and ranchers in need of financial assistance, such as requiring individual determinations of disadvantaged status or giving priority to loans of farmers and ranchers that were left out of the previous pandemic relief funding,” Griesbach wrote. “It can also provide better outreach, education, and other resources. But it cannot discriminate on the basis of race.”

    The money for farmers is part of Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that directs $4 billion to offer loan forgiveness through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and would be used to pay up to 120 percent of direct or guaranteed farm loan balances for black, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian American, or Pacific Islander farmers.

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on the lawsuit:

    The group is representing 12 farmers, two of whom live in Wisconsin. Calumet County dairy farmer Adam Faust, who farms with both legs amputated after being born with spina bifida, and Christopher Baird, who owns a dairy farm near Ferryville in Crawford County.

    “There should absolutely be no federal dollars going anywhere just based on race,” Faust said.

    “The Court recognized that the federal government’s plan to condition and allocate benefits on the basis of race raises grave constitutional concerns and threatens our clients with irreparable harm,” said Rick Esenberg, president and general counsel for Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL). “The Biden administration is radically undermining bedrock principles of equality under the law.”

    The Sentinel reported the USDA is still implementing the program but is reviewing what the restraining order means for its future.

    ”We respectfully disagree with this temporary order and USDA will continue to forcefully defend our ability to carry out this act of Congress and deliver debt relief to socially disadvantaged borrowers,” a USDA spokesperson said. ”When the temporary order is lifted, USDA will be prepared to provide the debt relief authorized by Congress.”

    Some 17,000 farmers and ranchers from all 50 states qualify for the assistance, according to the Sentinel.

    The case in Faust v. Vilsack, No. 1:21-cv-528 for the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin.

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    Police Investigating The ‘Suicide’ Of A Reporter Who Broke Clinton Tarmac Story

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    Law enforcement officials in Alabama are investigating an apparent “suicide” by the reporter who broke the bombshell story in 2016 that former President Bill Clinton secretly met with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch on a Phoenix tarmac in the run up to the presidential election while his wife, then-candidate Hillary Clinton, was under federal criminal investigation.

    “At 8:13 a.m. Saturday, the Hoover 911 center received a call of a person down at a residence on Scout Trace. Hoover police and fire personnel arrived to find the 45-year-old [Christopher] Sign dead,” AL.com reported. “Hoover police Lt. Keith Czeskleba said the death is being investigated as a suicide.”

    Sign, who played football at the University of Alabama, moved to a local ABC News station in Alabama in 2017 after working at a news station in Pheonix.

    The New York Post reported:

    While there, Sign broke the major 2016 presidential campaign news that Bill Clinton met with Lynch on the tarmac of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport while the then-AG was investigating the use of a private e-mail server by Hillary Clinton, the former president’s wife and the Democratic presidential candidate at the time.

    Sign went on to write a book about the encounter titled “Secret on the Tarmac.”

    Sign told Fox News last year that he “knew something had occurred that was a bit unusual” on the tarmac.

    “It was a planned meeting,” Sign said. “It was not a coincidence.”

    “[The book] details everything that they don’t want you to know and everything they think you forgot, but Bill Clinton was on that plane for 20 minutes and it wasn’t just about golf, grandkids, and Brexit. There’s so much that doesn’t add up,” he said. “He then sat and waited in his car with the motorcade, her airstairs come down, most of her staff gets off, he then gets on as the Secret Service and FBI are figuring out ‘How in the world are we supposed to handle this? What are we supposed to do?’”

    Sign, who said that he received death threats over his reporting, said that the story “isn’t about right or left, Republican or Democrat, it’s about right and wrong and journalism.”

    “My family received significant death threats shortly after breaking this story,” he said. “Credit cards hacked. You know, my children, we have code words. We have secret code words that they know what to do.”

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    Biden Reveals Why He Won’t Hold a Joint Press Conference With Putin

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    President Joe Biden revealed on June 13 why he decided to avoid a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland next week.

    “I always found, and I don’t mean to suggest the press should not know, but this is not a contest about who can do better in front of a press conference or try to embarrass each other,” Biden told reporters at a press conference at the Cornwall Airport Newquay in England.

    “It’s about making myself very clear what the conditions are to get a better relationship are with Russia.”

    In 2018, when President Donald Trump met with Putin in person and held a joint news conference, corporate media outlets launched attacks against Trump and suggested the joint appearance meant the two had a cozy relationship. It came amid then-special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election. Mueller, after a 22-month investigation, ultimately turned up “insufficient evidence” to support the allegations.

    “I think the best way to deal with this is for he and I to meet, he and I to have our discussion. I know you don’t doubt that I’ll be very straightforward with him about our concerns, and I will make clear my view of how that meeting turned out and he’ll make clear from his perspective how it turned out,” Biden said.

    Biden then seemed to make reference to the possibility that the meeting would trigger rampant speculation from the press.

    “I don’t want to get into being diverted by, did they shake hands, who talked the most, and the rest,” he said.

    During the Group of Seven (G-7) summit on June 13, the president said he would raise concerns during his meeting with Putin.

    “We are not looking for conflict. We are looking to resolve those actions which we think are inconsistent with international norms, number one,” Biden said. “Number two, where we can work together. We may be able to do that in terms of some strategic doctrine that may be able to be worked together. We’re ready to do it.”

    When asked about whether he believes that U.S.–Russia relations are at a low point—something Putin had said in recent days—Biden agreed.

    “I think he’s right, it’s at a low point,” he said.

    “It depends on how he responds to acting consistent with international norms, which in many cases he has not.”

    But Biden said the poor relationship was the fault of Russia, and again alleged that Moscow engaged in malign behavior during U.S. elections, as well as cyberattacks against American infrastructure and industries. Biden also claimed, without providing details, that Putin was directly responsible for an unspecified cyberattack.

    “I checked it out. I had access to all the intelligence. He was engaged in those activities—I can respond to that,” Biden told reporters on June 13. “This is not a contest about who can do better in a press conference, embarrass each other. It’s about making myself very clear what the conditions of our relationship are.”

    The White House placed new sanctions on Russia following the sweeping SolarWinds breach and for alleged interference during the 2020 election. The FBI said that Russia-based groups were behind the SolarWinds cyberattack, which affected several federal agencies.

    Biden said in a March interview with ABC News that he agreed with the claim that Putin is “a killer,” which prompted criticism from Russian officials. Putin in an interview with NBC last week brushed off the comments.

    Putin, according to a Russian-to-English translation, attempted to tie Biden’s remarks in March to “some deep things in Hollywood” and “macho behavior” that can be “treated as cinematic.”

    “So, as far as harsh rhetoric, I think that this is an expression of overall U.S. culture,” Putin said. “But that is part of U.S. political culture, where it’s considered normal. By the way, not here [in Russia]. … It is not considered normal here.”

    The Department of Defense authorized $150 million in defense aid to Ukraine on June 11, amid renewed tensions between Kyiv and Moscow over the Donbas region.

    Earlier this year, there were large military movements of Russian troops and armor toward the eastern Ukraine border and into Crimea, sparking fears of a wider war, although in April the Kremlin signaled that it would attempt to deescalate tensions by withdrawing some of its forces.

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    World Leaders Laugh At Biden After Boris Johnson Has To Remind Biden Of Something That Just Happened

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    World leaders laughed at President Joe Biden during a roundtable event at the G7 over the weekend after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had to remind Biden of something that had just happened moments before.

    Sky News posted the clip on social media, which showed Johnson introducing world leaders who had just joined the event. In the clip, Johnson introduced South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was the only black leader in the room, and, after Johnson introduced him, Biden introduced the president of South Africa and pointed at him in a manner that suggested that he did not know that he had just been introduced.

    “…to say how pleased I am to welcome those who have just joined us in some pretty spectacular weather,” Johnson said. “With them, Prime Minister Modi, President Ramaphosa, President Moon…”

    “And the president of South Africa,” Biden interjected.

    “And the president of South Africa as I said early on,” Johnson responded.

    “Oh, you did?” Biden asked.

    The room erupted in laughter.

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    Biden was widely mocked online after the incident, with many describing it as an embarrassing moment for the United States.

    It was not the only moment during the G7 that Biden appeared to struggle as he repeatedly referred to Libya as he spoke to the press.

    Biden said [emphasis added]:

    And so, there’s a lot going on where we can work together with Russia. For example, in Libya, we should be opening up the passes to be able to go through and provide — provide food assistance and economic — I mean, vital assistance to a population that’s in real trouble.

    I think I’m going to try very much — hard to — it is — and, by the way, there’s places where — I shouldn’t be starting off on negotiating in public here. But let me say it this way: Russia has engaged in activities which are — we believe are contrary to international norms, but they have also bitten off some real problems they’re going to have trouble chewing on.

    And, for example, the rebuilding of — of Syria, of Libya, of — you know, this is — they’re there. And as long as they’re there without the ability to bring about some order in the — in the region, and you can’t do that very well without providing for the basic economic needs of people.

    So I’m hopeful that we can find an accommodation that — where we can save the lives of people in — for example, in — in Libya, that — consistent with the interest of — maybe for different reasons — but reached it for the same reason — the same result.

    Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Jacobs tweeted that aides told her that Biden meant to say Syria instead of Libya.

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    Teen Influencer With 26 Million Followers Tells Fans He’s Pro-Life: Abortion Is ‘Killing Someone’

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    A 19-year-old Spanish TikTok influencer with a massive following told fans last month that he’s pro-life, emphasizing that an abortion is “killing someone” — a far cry from leftist language that categorizes abortion procedures as “health care.”

    “In a series of videos responding to questions from his followers, Naim Darrechi, 19, who is a musician and author of a book, gave his opinions and thoughts on abortion,” LiveAction reported Friday. “He knew that what he had to say about the controversial topic could cause a stir, but he decided to say it anyway.”

    “An abortion is interrupting a life,” Darrechi said on video, addressing his 26 million followers. “When a woman is pregnant, if she doesn’t take anything, if she doesn’t abort, the natural cycle is going to make a life emerge.”

    “But here one of the biggest arguments of the people who are in favor of abortion, which is: ‘no, but the fetus does not suffer, that is something that has nothing there, is that it does not suffer,’” the teen added. “Here the question is not whether he suffers or not. The question here is that a life is being taken.”

    Darrechi noted that he believes abortion “should not be legal or free, period,” LiveAction reported, “Because it is killing someone.”

    Responding to a fan in a follow-up video, Darrechi said he would take on fatherhood “without hesitation” if his girlfriend were to become pregnant unexpectedly. “I would be a father without hesitation. You give me a child and I’ll fall in love with it,” he said. “Giving life to someone and on top of having the responsibility of educating him and being able to teach and guide him is the most beautiful and most precious thing in the world.”

    Liberal states like New York have sanctioned abortion until birth, and pro-abortion Democratic politicians have cheered permitting such a gruesome procedure.

    Dr. Anthony Levatino, a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist who performed over 1,200 abortions before he became pro-life, spoke to LiveAction in 2016 to describe late-term abortion. The Daily Wire reported:

    “At this point, the baby is almost fully developed and viable, meaning he or she could survive outside the womb if the mother were to go into labor prematurely. Because the baby is so large and developed, the procedure takes three or four days to complete,” says Levatino.

    “On day one, the abortionist uses a large needle to inject a drug called Digoxin,” he continues. The drug will be used to cause fatal cardiac arrest, killing the baby. The Digoxin is injected into the baby’s head, torso, or heart via a needle to the mother’s abdomen.

    “The baby will feel it,” Levatino says. “Babies at this stage feel pain.”

    The mother’s cervix is then opened with sticks of seaweed called laminaria so the woman can give birth to the dead baby.

    “While the woman waits for the laminaria to dilate her cervix, she carries her dead baby inside of her for two to three days,” the doctor explains. “On day two, the abortionist replaces the laminaria and may perform a second ultrasound to ensure the baby is dead. If the child is still alive, he administers another lethal dose of Digoxin.”

    If the woman cannot make it to the clinic to give birth to the murdered baby, she might be advised to give birth to the child on a toilet, Levatino says. If the woman does make it to the clinic, but the baby does not fully come out, a dilation and evacuation procedure must be performed, meaning “the abortionist will use clamps and forceps to dismember the baby piece by piece.”

    “Once the placenta and all the body parts have been removed, the abortion is complete,” he says.

    Dr. Levatino has spoken openly about what sparked his dramatic transformation from abortionist to pro-life advocate: specifically, the tragic death of his daughter Heather. After Heather was hit by a car and died in Levatino’s arms, his perspective about the unborn he was aborting changed. It was no longer medical waste on the table, he said, it was somebody’s child. Levatino has vowed to never perform an abortion again and has made it his mission to inform the public about the reality of the heavily-euphemized procedure.

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