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Mich. lawmaker: Giuliani to appear at state elections hearing on Wednesday

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President Donald Trump‘s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is set to appear in person on Wednesday at a Michigan House Oversight Committee, a state lawmaker has said.

The committee’s chair, Matt Hall (R), said in a Tuesday statement that the former New York City mayor will testify during a Wednesday hearing regarding the presidential election in the swing state. This comes after the Michigan State Board of Canvassers certified the state’s election results Monday last week, giving the state’s 16 Electoral College votes to President-elect Joe Biden.

The Detroit Free Press noted that, as of 10:45 am on Tuesday, the hearing was not listed on the state legislative calendar. While the hearing is set for 6 pm, it could start later than that, depending on what time the full House’s proceedings wrap up that day.

In his emailed statement, Hall wrote that the purpose of this hearing is to address allegations of voter fraud in the Wolverine State and to get information about election security and transparency.

“Election security and transparency are top concerns for people I represent. I have been getting thousands of emails and calls from people regarding this election. Other legislators have also. People have questions and concerns about the election process, the way it was handled and how our future elections could be impacted. Rumors and hearsay are everywhere and our committee is attempting to get to the bottom of all of it to deliver people answers they deserve,” he said.

“We can go a long way to achieving this by going straight to the top. Mr. Giuliani believes there were many problems with how this election was conducted and has alleged that there was significant fraud in Michigan. I am glad we were able to find time to make this work with the president’s legal team,” Hall continued. “This is an opportunity for us to get definitive answers—in-person—about Mr. Giuliani’s claims and evidence, while we work to provide clarity and transparency to people who have taken issue with our state’s election system.”

Giuliani has been leading the Trump campaign’s efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election, alleging widespread voter fraud. Of the dozens of lawsuits that the president’s campaign team has launched since Election Day, none have succeeded in changing the results of the election in any of the swing states that they have targeted. While the General Services Administration has already officially commenced the presidential transition, for which Trump gave his blessing, he has yet to concede the election.

This hearing follows another Oversight Committee hearing held on Tuesday about allegations of misconduct during the ballot-counting process inside Detroit’s TCF Center, per The Free Press.

State-level Democrats slammed this hearing, with Michigan House Minority Leader Christine Greig calling the hearing “a travesty,” according to The Free Press.

One of the Democrats on the committee, Darrin Camilleri, responded to the news, tweeting, “Looks like every sentence before our committee tomorrow will be a noun, a verb, and a conspiracy theory.”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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FBI punishing employees who attended Jan 6 rally by revoking security clearances

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The official Twitter account of the GOP House Judiciary Committee released an alarming warning: “Whistleblowers alert that the FBI appears to be attempting to terminate the employment of employees who were engaged in protected First Amendment activity on January 6, 2021.”

A letter from ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), to FBI Director Christopher Wray, addresses how several whistleblowers exposed the FBI of stripping employees of security clearances.

The letter cites claims of multiple whistleblowers who say the FBI has been purposely punishing those who attended then-president Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6, 2021, by revoking their clearances. Reportedly many of them did not even enter the U.S. Capitol.

“While FBI employees may not participate in partisan political campaigns, [they] do not give up their rights to engage in political speech activity,” wrote Jordan. “We have serious concerns that the FBI appears to be retaliating against employees for engaging in political speech disfavored by FBI leadership,” he added.

The primary whistleblower is described as a 20-year veteran of the FBI and U.S. military. Jordan believes the FBI’s actions could potentially result in the administrative extermination of the individuals’ employment because the FBI requires top-secret security clearances for majority of its employees.

Jordan has required that the FBI brief the committee on the security clearances matter by May 20.

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