ATLANTA (AP) — A former Republican Party official in Georgia who was a fake elector in 2020 misrepresented her role in an alleged breach of voting equipment at a rural elections office two months after the last presidential election, a court filing says.
The filing late Monday is a component of a broader lawsuit difficult the safety of the state’s voting machines that has been drawn into a separate investigation of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn his loss in Georgia.
Interior security camera video from the Coffee County elections office shows Cathy Latham, the county Republican Party chair on the time, welcomed a pc forensics team when it arrived on Jan. 7, 2021, introduced the team to local election officials and spent nearly all day there. She also instructed the team what to repeat, which turned out to be “virtually every component of the voting system,” the filing says. The video directly refutes Latham’s testimony in a sworn deposition and her representations in filings with the court, the document states.
The filing is available in response to Latham’s attorneys’ try to quash subpoenas for her personal electronic devices, including any cellphones, computers and storage devices.
Video reveals for first time what happened inside Coffee County, GA elections office on Jan. 7, 2021.
Amongst those seen: Cathy Latham, who’s under criminal investigation for posing as a fake Trump elector.https://t.co/6YXatbCTmv
— Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) September 20, 2022
Robert Cheeley, an attorney for Latham, didn’t reply to an email searching for comment. He previously said his client doesn’t remember all the small print of that day. But he said she “wouldn’t and has not knowingly been involved in any impropriety in any election” and “has not acted improperly or illegally.”
Latham said in a deposition last month that she moved to Texas over the summer. In January 2021, she was chair of the Coffee County Republican Party and was the state party caucus chair for greater than 125 of Georgia’s smaller counties. Latham also was one among 16 Georgia Republicans who signed a certificate in December 2020 falsely stating that Trump had won the state and declaring that they were the state’s “duly elected and qualified” electors.
Trump in actual fact lost Georgia by nearly 12,000 votes to Democrat Joe Biden. The investigation into Trump’s efforts to vary the outcomes features a phone call he made to the Georgia secretary of state, a fellow Republican, suggesting he could “find” barely enough votes to make Trump the winner.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Democrat who’s leading that investigation, has notified Latham and the opposite fake electors that they might face criminal charges.
The Georgia secretary of state’s office has described the copying of information from Coffee County’s election system as an “alleged unauthorized access” and last month asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to get entangled. It’s the most recent of several suspected breaches of voting system data across the country tied to Trump allies since his election loss.
Attorney Sidney Powell and other Trump allies were involved in arranging for the copying of the election equipment in Coffee County — which is home to 43,000 people and voted overwhelmingly for Trump — as a part of a wider effort to access voting equipment in several states, in accordance with documents produced in response to subpoenas within the long-running lawsuit over Georgia’s voting machines.
Latham’s “data likely will reveal additional details concerning the work performed and knowledge obtained within the breach, what was done with the compromised software and data, and the people involved in planning and orchestrating the breach, which puts voters and future elections at enormous risk,” the filing says.
An exhibit attached to the Monday filing juxtaposes quotes from Latham’s deposition with images pulled from security camera footage that appear to directly contradict her statements.
Latham said that she went to her job as a highschool teacher and stopped by the election office briefly that afternoon. However the video image shows her arriving at 11:37 a.m., and time stamps on other images show her there throughout much of the day. She also said she didn’t see specific people and saw others only briefly, however the video images show otherwise.
The lawsuit that features the fight over Latham’s personal electronic devices was originally filed several years before the 2020 election by individual voters and the Coalition for Good Governance, an election security advocacy group. It alleges that Georgia’s touchscreen voting machines will not be secure and seeks to have them replaced by hand-marked paper ballots.
The Monday filing said the plaintiffs have identified multiple documents that Latham failed to supply in response to a previous subpoena. It seeks to have a 3rd party make a short lived forensic copy of her devices and seek for responsive documents.