Saturday, September 11, 2021

Republican Senate leader demands subpoenas for Pennsylvania’s election probe

The Pennsylvania Senate's top ranking Republican said Friday the commission spearheading an election investigation should issue subpoenas as soon as possible.

Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Bellefonte, told the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee to convene Monday for a vote on the matter.

Committee Chairman Cris Dush, R-Wellsboro, said the administration declined participation because of Fulton County's pending lawsuit against the department over its decertified voting machines.

Stuart Ulsh, chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, appeared as the lone testifier on Thursday where he defended his choice to let a software firm, Wake Technology Services, access the machines as part of a voluntary audit allegedly funded by a nonprofit group with ties to former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell.

Corman wants the committee to issue subpoenas for information and testimony from the department as well as the state's election registry and "Take other steps necessary to get access to ballots and other voting materials to begin a full forensic audit of the 2020 General Election." "Yesterday's hearing was an important first step in the process of investigating every aspect of our election system, but it will not be the last," he said.

"Pennsylvanians deserve answers about the Wolf Administration's mishandling of our election." It's the latest twist in an effort that's struggled to get off the ground since Dush visited Arizona's forensic audit in Phoenix in early June with Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Gettysburg, and Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Chambersburg.

Corman replaced Mastriano with Dush as committee chairman last month after the former publicized the caucus's internal battle over the probe during an appearance on One America News Network, where accused GOP leaders of stonewalling his efforts. 

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