I just wrote to Bill Moyers (and I have a few other news outlets on my list for today, including FAIR, the Intercept and VOX):
I am a long-time admirer of Bill Moyers (a national treasure) and was delighted recently to discover his podcast, which continues his excellent and sorely needed journalism. I am hoping somebody at BillMoyers.com will delve into this unreported story with direct effect on the 2020 election:
Trump appears to have ignored a federal judge’s 8/13/20 order to produce evidence of vote-by-mail fraud or state that he has no evidence.
Citing often-debunked mail-in voting fraud claims, the Trump campaign and the RNC brought a federal lawsuit against the Pennsylvania AG and all 67 counties for making voting easier and safer during the pandemic (Trump v. Boockvar). Judge Ranjan (a Trump appointee) ordered Plaintiffs to produce evidence of their claims OR STATE THAT THEY HAVE NO EVIDENCE, by August 14.
Several news outlets reported on the judge’s order, and his subsequent stay of the case (abstaining while state courts rule on many of the claims) but only one article (on The Intercept) has featured the lack of evidence presented by Trump and the RNC in their 524 page submission.
Stoking fears about mail-in voting fraud was recently reported as a Putin talking point for the US election. It does not seem that Trump and the RNC submitted any evidence for their claims of massive mail-in voting fraud. Not big news?
A headline might be: Trump, in contempt of order by Trump-appointed judge, refuses to admit he has no evidence of voter fraud.
I am happy to do my part fleshing out this important news story, which I have been following since Judge Ranjan’s 8/13 order. McClatchy, the NY Times, Democracy Now!, the Intercept, Pittsburgh Public Radio station WESA (the federal court is in Pittsburgh) and other news organizations I contacted do not seem to have followed up on my pitch a few weeks back. The media silence is puzzling and dismaying. You can find links to my research HERE (along with the online docket for the case, which is HERE). Please contact me if I can be of assistance with this story. Here is what I posted yesterday:
Why isn’t this “high profile” case front page news? It turns on the demonstrable falsity of Trump’s repeatedly debunked claims of massive voter fraud. These false claims are being actively spread by Putin, as well, according to US intelligence reports.
Trump v. Boockvar is the federal lawsuit brought by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee to prevent the Democratic Attorney General of Pennsylvania and the Election Boards of all 67 Pennsylvania counties from making voting easier and safer during a pandemic. The aim of the lawsuit is clearly to suppress the vote in a state whose twenty Electoral College votes Trump won by less than one percent (0.7%) in 2016. The judge has allowed the case to proceed without evidence of voter fraud being presented by the president’s lawyers (who were ordered to produce evidence by August 14th)
A sitting president and his party’s national committee are using campaign donations to fund an expensive federal lawsuit, forcing the massive expenditure of tax payer funds by a state/defendant trying to make ends meet during a pandemic.
Doesn’t seem quite right, does it?
Incidentally, Trump’s claim in the case — that mail-in voting:
… denies any procedural visibility to candidates, political parties, and the public in general, thereby jeopardizing the free and fair public elections guaranteed by the United States and Pennsylvania Constitutions. The most recent election conducted in this Commonwealth and the public reaction to it demonstrate the harm caused by Defendants’ unconstitutional infringements of Plaintiffs’ rights. The continued enforcement of arbitrary and disparate policies and procedures regarding poll watcher access and ballot return and counting poses a severe threat to the credibility and integrity of, and public confidence in, Pennsylvania’s elections.
is not only unsupported by evidence (in apparent contempt of a judge’s order) but these claims are identical to Kremlin talking points about the upcoming US election . How a federal lawsuit is allowed to go forward, unsupported by evidence of any kind, in spite of the unambiguous order of the federal judge that Plaintiff’s submit evidence or STATE THAT THEY HAVE NO EVIDENCE, is a modern American judicial mystery. The failure of the news media to report on it is a modern American media mystery.
Judge to Trump and Putin: put up or shut up!
The judge in the case, J. Nicholas Ranjan, a Trump appointee, ruled almost a month ago that Plaintiffs must submit evidence of the massive fraud they are claiming will take place if Pennsylvania’s voting modifications for the pandemic are allowed to go forward or STATE THAT THEY HAVE NO EVIDENCE.
Judge Ranjan didn’t necessarily want to make this order against his benefactors, Trump and the RNC, he granted defendants’ motions asking for that order. Trump and the RNC plainly didn’t have good enough arguments for the judge to allow him to deny the motion and let them continue the case without a shred of evidence.
A federal lawsuit where the incumbent president and his massively wealthy party are using campaign funds to fuel a suit against a state to prevent the expansion of voting in a presidential election, during a pandemic — based on MASSIVE FRAUD they have produced no evidence of — eh, nothing to see here.
NOTHING TO SEE HERE?
A bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security alleges that Russian state actors are seeking to “amplify criticisms of vote-by-mail” in the U.S. election, with specific critiques echoing those made by President Trump and his allies.
A bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report released in August found “irrefutable evidence of Russian meddling” in the 2016 election, concluding that Russia and China are both working to “disrupt our democracy, exacerbate societal divisions, and sow doubts about the legitimacy and integrity of our institutions, our electoral process and our republic.” National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina said in a statement that Russia is actively working to “denigrate” former Vice President Joe Biden and “boost” Trump’s candidacysource