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Surveillance video surfaces from inside Georgia county elections office

Mark Niesse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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ATLANTA — One of Georgia’s fake electors for former President Donald Trump can be seen on a video released Tuesday spending hours with a group of computer analysts after she welcomed them into the Coffee County elections office to copy nonpublic election data on Jan. 7, 2021.

The video appears to contradict sworn statements by Cathy Latham, a member of the Georgia Republican Party’s executive committee at the time, according to a court filing in an election security lawsuit. Latham said in a deposition last month that she didn’t remember much of what happened or who was there that day, and she repeatedly invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Video from inside the elections office is further evidence that Trump supporters and computer analysts penetrated an election server, voter check-in computers, ballot scanners and other voting equipment in Coffee County, a rural area 200 miles south of Atlanta where Trump received 70% of the vote.

The GBI and the secretary of state’s office are investigating, and a Fulton County special grand jury looking into Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election is seeking information about the Coffee County incident.

The video was made public Tuesday after it was disclosed by Coffee County’s government Friday in response to the lawsuit. It supplements previously released security video that showed the outside of the elections office.

Latham was one of 16 Republicans who attempted to award Georgia’s electoral votes to Trump on Dec. 14, 2020, and then less than a month later escorted the tech experts into the Coffee elections office. They worked for the Atlanta firm SullivanStrickler, which billed Trump attorney Sidney Powell $26,000 for the job, according to subpoenaed documents.

 

“These new facts — which Latham pretends do not exist — refute her unsubstantiated insistence that she did not ‘participate in whatever SullivanStrickler and others were allegedly doing,’” according to a court filing late Monday by plaintiffs seeking documents from Latham. “She literally directed them on what to collect in the office.”

An attorney for Latham, Bob Cheeley, said in a statement Tuesday she has not acted improperly or illegally. Because Latham, the county’s Republican Party chairwoman at the time, wasn’t an elections employee, she couldn’t have authorized computer imaging or ballot scanning, he said.

“She has never denied that she went to the Coffee County elections office on Jan. 7, 2021; instead, she affirmatively testified that she was there,” Cheeley said. “While Mrs. Latham does not pretend to remember the details of all that occurred on that specific date more than a year and a half ago, she does remember going to the elections office after teaching school on Jan. 7, 2021, to check in on some voter review panels from the runoff election, and she truthfully testified to those facts.”

The video shows Latham making introductions, looking at computers and taking selfies on her cellphone with one of the tech experts in an office room. Video images don’t include the election server room, located further within the elections office, that was supposed to be kept secure.

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