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PA Sec. of State: Election results could drag to next week over military ballots

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The make or break state of Pennsylvania has yet to post final results of Tuesday night’s election as poll workers continue to count ballots through Wednesday and may just be getting started. The Keystone State’s Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, D, told reporters Wednesday morning that the process could last through next week to assure that all military ballots are counted.

The Pennsylvania Department of State allows for overseas military ballots to be received up to 5:00 p.m. 7 days after election day.

“Vote count, as I’ve said many times, is never done on election night and the counties are doing this accurately… and as quickly as they possibly can,” Boockvar explained. “And, again, I’ll also just remind everyone military overseas ballots are not due until a week after election day, so next Tuesday is the deadline for military and overseas voters to cast their ballots.”

She added, “And we want to make sure that not only every civilian absentee ballot valid voter is counted, but also that every man and woman who are serving our country that their votes are counted.”

Currently, 79% of precincts are reporting 5,651,860 ballots cast, according to The New York Times. President Donald Trump is now leading with 53.8% of the vote.

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DOJ says FBI informant on Biden had ‘high-level’ contacts with Russian intelligence

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In a memorandum filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to support Alexander Smirnov’s continued pre-trial detention, the Department of Justice(DOJ) wrote that he claimed to have had “contacts with multiple foreign intelligence agencies…[who] could resettle Smirnov outside the United States if he were released.”

Smirnov, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, was arrested and charged on Feb. 14 with making false statements to the FBI about Biden’s connections to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Limited, which employed his son Hunter Biden as a member of the board with a monthly salary of $50,000 during his term as vice president.

“During his custodial interview on February 14, Smirnov admitted that officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story about [Hunter Biden],” wrote special counsel David Weiss in the filing. “Smirnov apparently attended a separate meeting with Russian Official 1, [an] individual who controls groups that are engaged in overseas assassination efforts.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that Smirnov was a confidential human source who provided information that was used to prepare a report, known as an FD-1023, about Joe Biden’s alleged connections to the Burisma business partners of Hunter Biden. That report has previously served as evidence contradictingJoe Biden’s claim that he knew nothing of his son’s business dealings; a notion at the center of an impeachment inquiry against him.

The FD-1023 detailing Smirnov’s claims was released by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on July 20, 2023, after it was provided to him by government whistleblowers. “[The] indictment confirms several points Senator Grassley has made repeatedly. The informant behind the FD-1023 was, indeed, a long-serving, trusted FBI source used by the agency for criminal investigations since the Obama administration. In fact, he was so trusted that the FBI provided him authorization ‘to engage in illegal activity for investigative purposes’,” a spokesperson for Grassley told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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