A member of President Donald Trump’s legal team said an “independent team” took part in a forensic audit of voting machines and equipment in Michigan’s Antrim County—which was flagged last month by GOP officials as having switched 6,000 votes from Trump to Joe Biden before it was reportedly corrected.
The audit of voting machines in Antrim County was ordered by Judge Kevin A. Elsenheimer last week (pdf), pertaining to a marijuana proposal that was on the ballot on Nov. 3, not the presidential election.
Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis told Fox Business on Monday that investigators could find more answers about the Dominion Voting Systems machines following allegations that they switched votes in other areas. Dominion officials and its CEO have said it’s impossible to switch votes from one candidate to another.
“This is really important … because we have an independent team that is there that has gotten all of this imaging, and they spent about eight hours yesterday doing that forensic audit. We anticipate having the results by tomorrow,” Ellis told Fox host Charles Payne on Monday afternoon.
Ellis did not elaborate on the “independent team” in question. On Sunday, she told Fox News that Trump’s team gained access to the machines.
Officials with Antrim County have not responded to a request for comment.
“This is incredibly important to the election integrity effort as a whole because this isn’t just the Trump campaign that’s interested in having answers to these machines,” she added, while asking: “Were they connected to Wi-Fi? Why did these so-called glitches happen? What really is the system that is behind all of this?”
Fellow Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani last week said it was a “big win” that the Michigan judge ordered the audit of 22 Dominion machines. The legal challenge was related to a marijuana proposal brought by voter William Bailey, and the judge ordered Allied Security Operations Group to gain access to obtain forensic images of the election equipment, reported WPBN-TV.
Allied Security Operations is a group allied with Trump’s legal team, according to MLive.
Antrim County Clerk Sheryl Guy, Baily, county administrator Pete Garwood, county attorney Haider Kazim, three county commissioners, a county IT technician, and a sheriff’s department member were there when the forensic examination took place on Sunday, said Antrim County spokesman Jeremy Scott to MLive. Seven members of Allied Security Operations were also present.
“Transparency in this and all of our work has always been a top priority for us,” Guy told The Associated Press over the weekend.
Meanwhile, on Monday, an executive with Dominion accused “uninformed and unscrupulous individuals upset by the outcome of a free and fair election have launched a smear campaign to discredit the professional and diligent work performed” by the company.
“Americans need to understand the security of election systems involves a multi-layered defensive strategy, and the ballot tabulators are only one small piece of the entire process,” Dominion’s Eric Coomer wrote for the Denver Post. “Every Dominion system creates a durable, voter-verifiable, paper record of the cast votes, which is the official record.”