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Yesterday’s embarassment:

HR 2
Confirms the Missouri House’s lack of faith in the 2020 election results
Sponsor: Hill, Justin (108)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2020
LR Number: 1241H.04C
Last Action: 12/15/2020 – Referred: Rules – Legislative Oversight(H)
Bill String: HCS HR 2
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

Date Jrn Pg Activity Description
12/10/2020 H 91 Offered (H)
12/10/2020 H 91 Referred: Special Committee on Government Oversight(H)
12/14/2020 Public Hearing Completed (H)
12/14/2020 Executive Session Completed (H)
12/14/2020 HCS Voted Do Pass (H)
12/15/2020 HCS Reported Do Pass (H) – AYES: 6 NOES: 3 PRESENT: 0
12/15/2020 Referred: Rules – Legislative Oversight(H)

They actually held a hearing yesterday, with Rudy Giuliani on ZOOM, and six of them voted for this.

A transcript of a portion of the hearing:

[Representative] Peter [Mereidith (D)]: To inquire

Ross: Proceed

Peter [Mereidith (D)] : Thank you. I’m not sure where to look because I’m not sure where you are seeing us.

You mentioned that this hasn’t really played out in court, but 59 judgess across the country have now rejected your claims challenging this election. You did say that you don’t think any of them have ruled on the merits. I want to point to a Pennsylvania judge that said “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.” Now that was 3rd circuit judge, Stephanos Bibas, who was appointed by Donald Trump and wrote for an unanimous panel of three judges all appointed by Republican presidents.

Meanwhile, you’ve railed on GA and fraud there, who of course has a Republican legislature and a Republican SOS. The SOS certified the results and has emphatically said that all of these claims that you’re making are completely bogus and has even said that he’s been pressured by republicans like you to find excuses to invalidate valid ballots.

Now, GA also filed a court filing that said “This election cycle, GA did what the constitution empowered it to do. It implemented processes for the election, it administered the election in the face of logistical challenges brought on by COVID and confirmed and certified the election results. Again and again and again.”

Even William Barr said the Justice Department “has uncovered no voter fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome on the election.” He said, ”There’s been one assertion that would have been systemic fraud and that would be the claim that machines were programmed essentially to skew the election results.” (I think we’ve heard a little about that today.) “And the DHS and the DOJ have looked into that and have not seen anything to substantiate that.”

Now, we’re talking about 6 Secretaries of State in these states, 2 of them are republicans, have all certified the results. And 6 legislatures, 5 of them GOP controlled, have all gone ahead and appointed their electors. But you want us to ask congress to overturn all those states with even William Barr agreeing that no evidence of fraud, despite thorough investigation, exists.
So my question is, All are these republicans lying? Are they complicit? Are they incompetent?

Rudy [Giuliani (r)]: Instead of getting so upset and angry, what I’d ask you to do is to calm down. And to just take a look at the video tape from Fulton County on November the…

Peter [Mereidith (D)]: Now respectfully Mr. Mayor, I won’t be calm with people trying to overthrow the results of an election and seeking to ignore the votes of 6 states of Americans.

Ross in background: Gentleman, you’re time has expired.

Rudy [Giuliani (r)]: speaking unclearly in background

Peter [Mereidith (D)]: So I think that we’re right to be upset by this action here today and about your spreading of misinformation and lies that are inflaming things across our country at a time when we need to move on and accept the results of an election. Thank you.

Ross: Representative Merideth your time has expired.

Rudy [Giuliani (r)]: Obviously, you have no interest in truth. All you have in interest in is lecturing me –

Peter [Mereidith (D)](over Rudy): I have no interest in more and more lies from you.

Rudy [Giuliani (r)]: Cutting me off in the middle of my answer –

Peter [Mereidith (D)]: I am tired of your lies. America is tired of your lies.

Ross: Representative Merideth your time has expired!

Peter [Mereidith (D)]: And they are dangerous, sir. They are dangerous.

Rudy [Giuliani (r)]: and you are very dangerous because you are covering up massive voter fraud..

Ross: Ok, further questions.

Peter [Mereidith (D)]: Yea, me and the Republican legislatures and Republican SOS, we all came together on this didn’t we?
Gavel banging

Ross: Representative Merideth, that’s enough. Further questions?

Rudy [Giuliani (r)]: Why don’t you try to calm down….and act like a gentleman if that’s at all possible.

Comity is never an antidote to Fascism.

Decision matrix.


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“No, no, not yet. Not until me and Harvey get the rules straightened out.” “Rules? In a knife fight? No rules!” (December 14, 2020)