Key senator says liberals using race, lawsuits to facilitate election fraud
Former DOJ official calls Biden coordination with liberal groups "a very incestuous circle."
Sen. Rick Scott, the chairman of the Senate Republicans' fund-raising arm, is accusing the Biden Justice Department and liberal activists of using lawsuits and charges of racism to weaken election integrity laws so that "you can commit fraud in this country."
The Florida Republican senator as well as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Friday they were concerned by internal emails made public Friday by Just the News illustrating how the Biden DOJ was coordinating with liberal activist groups to challenge Georgia's and other states' election laws on stated grounds of racial discrimination.
Scott said Democrats were using the race card as a cudgel to eviscerate commonsense laws that require voters to show IDs even though such election protections are widely supported by Americans in polls, including a vast majority of black voters.
"You know what the left does? Well, you're a racist. My gosh, if you do anything like that you're a racist," Scott said in an interview on the John Solomon Reports podcast. "If you do you have to ask somebody for their ID, you're a racist, or if you don't allow us to do same-day registration where you won't know who's voting, you must be a racist."
Scott said the constant attacks against such commonsense protection has spurred the National Republican Senatorial Committee he chairs and the Republican National Committee to join forces and contest liberal lawsuits across the country.
"We're defending lawsuits all over the country where these states have improved their election laws to make sure that your vote is never diluted," he said.
Scott said the behind-the-scenes coordination Just the News exposed between the Biden DOJ and liberal advocacy groups is designed to tip the system in Democrats' favor with mass absentee ballots, no ID checks and third-party ballot harvesting.
"Justice know what's important: It's we want to make sure that you can commit fraud in this country," he said. "That's what they're doing. We don't like you to have to show your ID. It's not fair that you get to know who's going to vote in an election. And we ought to be able to ballot harvest. And by the way, those ballot boxes, they shouldn't be monitored. That's what they want."
Jordan, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, told Just the News the DOJ's collaboration with liberal voting groups follows a pattern of Democrats weaponizing government institutions against everyday Americans, such as what happened in the Russia collusion case when the Clinton campaign and its lawyer brought bogus Trump-Russia dirt to the FBI.
"This is part of this scary, scary pattern," Jordan said. "... We saw it last fall when the National School Board Association partnered up with the Justice Department, sends a letter to the Biden administration asking to treat parents as domestic terrorists. And five days later, the Justice Department sends out a memorandum from the Attorney General to U.S. attorneys around the country saying do exactly what the School Board Association asked.
"So you see this pattern. You saw it with Perkins Coie, the big law firm, and the Democrat Party working with the FBI. We got Mr. Durham doing an investigation on that now." Jordan was referring to the indictment brought by Special Counsel John Durham accusing Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann of lying to the FBI during the Russia probe.
Hans Von Spakovsky, a Heritage Foundation election expert who previously served as a Federal Election Commissioner and DOJ election law attorney, told the "Just the News, Not Noise" TV show that the current Biden DOJ efforts to coordinate fights with liberals against Georgia election laws mirrors similar failed efforts by the Clinton DOJ in the 1990s to challenge earlier Georgia election laws.
"Not only did they lose the lawsuit, but the judges made them pay $600,000 to the state of Georgia and wrote a scathing opinion about them conspiring with the ACLU," he said, calling the current lawsuit a case of "deja vu."
"This is a very incestuous circle," he said of the alliances between the DOJ's voting rights office and liberal groups like the ACLU, NAACP and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.
Von Spakovsky said DOJ claims that its communications with the liberal advocacy groups on the Georgia lawsuit should be concealed by attorney-client privilege are a "bogus play."
"The lawyers for the Justice Department are supposed to be representing the public, not the interests of these organizations," he said. "These organizations call themselves nonpartisan, but if you look at their litigation records, they always only file on behalf of Democratic voters, the Democratic Party, and they always are in cases where they're on the same side with the DNC. So the idea that they're representing the same client is just wrong. But again, it shows the unprofessionalism and, frankly, unethical conduct of the voting section lawyers."