(RepublicanInformer.com)- According to a recent affidavit, a Republican minority leader in the Colorado legislature was one of the beneficiaries of hacked voter data.
Joseph Stengel, a former state lawmaker who served as the minority leader in the legislature, was among the recipients of the trove illegally obtained by Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder, who copied data onto hard drives and gave them to attorneys in an attempt to prove the 2020 elections were stolen.
According to the affidavit presented by the former Republican leader, Stengel was hired by John Case, acting as a lawyer for Schroeder on Jan. 25. According to the petition, Case brought a red metal box to Stengel that day containing a copy of the election hard drive.
Case instructed Stengel to photograph the box, but the seal on the box was broken. Case said in his affidavit that the seal was broken when he tried to stow the package “behind the driver seat” of his automobile while giving it to Stengel.
On April 13, he photographed the package again and returned it to Case on May 4. He said it was “in the identical condition in which it was sent,” according to Stengel’s declaration.
Stengel stated that the red metal box was never opened since it was in his possession.
On Feb. 18, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold filed a lawsuit against Schroeder, requesting that he hand over the external hard disks containing the copies.
In February, Griswold stated that critical information about the unlawful imaging of Elbert County’s voting system hard drives had not been revealed by the clerk Schroeder, and copies of the hard drives are still in the hands of unauthorized persons.
According to Reuters, Schroeder’s attempt is one of at least nine unlawful efforts to acquire voter data in the United States. Eight were Republicans or Trump supporters seeking to establish a rigged election. After the FBI started an investigation into claims of Peters tampering with election equipment, a Colorado court disqualified Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters from supervising the 2022 elections on May 10.
In 1999, Stengel was elected to Colorado’s House of Representatives. He was the minority leader until 2006 when he resigned after allegations that he overcharged taxpayers for days worked when the house was not in session.