What is the exact scheme Cathy Latham is alleged to have participated in and how was it supposed to work?
That's two questions, taking them in order.
It’s pretty simple. Cathy Latham who was the chairman for the Republican Party for Coffee County, Georgia at the time, performed four acts which have resulted in her being included in the RICO case.
- signed the fraudulent alternative voter ballot
- tampered with voting machines ahead of the special senate election
- perjured herself when she falsely denied under oath she was present when the Coffee County voting machines were tampered with
- colluding with other RICO defendants to overturn the will of the Georgia voters
Cathy Latham along with 10 other Georgia Republicans or 88 Republican's nationwide signed their names to a fraudulent ballot, stamped with a state seal pledging it was authentic. Then they submitted that ballot to the U.S. Senate to be tallied in the 2020 election.
Cathy Latham was caught on camera breaching the security around Georgia's Coffee County voting machines. On Jan 7th a day after the capitol riots, she lead a team of computer experts (Cyber Ninja's) funded by Sidney Powell and gave them physical access to Georgia voting machines. The team spent 13 hours documenting, copying and changing the software on those Georgia voting machines, prior to the Georgia Senate runoff election without the knowledge of state officials responsible for the elections.
When asked in court if the "visit" had anything to do with the Republican's effort to decertify the yet to be held, Senate runoff election; Misty Hampton an election official who granted Ms Latham and her team access to the machine's plead the fifth.
Cyber Ninjas CEO's voting machine activities in Georgia draw investigation and scrutiny
During Doug Logan's ( Cyber Ninjas CEO) deposition on Nov. 18, 2022, he was asked by an attorney the same question as Hampton.
"Do you recall how your report would have been used to decertify the Senate run-off election?"
"I don't think I ever knew that," Logan said. "So no, I have no idea."
A court document said, "Sulivan Stricker uploaded the data it collected from Georgia's voting system – including protected software from nearly every component of that system – to a cloud-based ShareFile site and provided login credentials to download the data to individuals identified by Sidney Powell. Anyone with login credentials could access the data.
"Mr. Logan uploaded several files, including virtual machine copies of the voting system components and a new version of the EMS server files to the ShareFile site from a location in Florida on Jan. 16, 2021.
Cathy Latham, perjured herself when asked if she attended the voter machine breech she denied she was involved. Unfortunately for her she was clearly shown on the security camera's leading the way. Using her clout as the then Georgia GOP Chairman of Coffee County to gain entry to storage facility.
All of the above were steps in a larger effort to overturn the 2020 election and keep Donald Trump in power. The alternate ballot idea was cooked up by Trump attorneys Kenneth Chesebro, and John Eastman, fellow RICO defendants. The idea of corrupting the Coffee County voter machines prior to the state's Senate runoff was Sidney Powell's idea.
How was the alternate electors scheme supposed to work?
It was multiple efforts all building upon each other to create a false defendable argument, which could then be entertained in friendly venue to overturn the 2020 election. Below are some of the efforts.
- cast doubt on the veracity of the election
- add pressure from violent protestors surrounding the capitol
- legislatively delay the certification in the U.S. Senate
- trigger six states decertification of their legal ballots
- get vice president Pence to recognize the fake ballots
- Take the decision out of the hands of the people, force it into the House, or Supreme court where the Republicans held reliable advantages
There were 7 different complementary efforts to keep President Trump in power after losing the 2020 election, as detailed by the Jan 6th congressional investigation. The ballots were just 1 part.
The entire narrative of the tainted election was the first part of the plan to overturn the election. This was detailed by presidential advisor Steve Bannon in a discussion with Chinese Billionaire Guo Wengui in August of 2020, 3 months before the election.
They called it the Green Bay Sweep, after a famous football play from the 1960's. A play famous because everyone in the stadium watching the game knew it was going to happen an nobody could stop it.
First the conspirators would delay the vote count, citing the fictitious fraud allegations surrounding the election. To do this they needed 1 senator and 1 representative to object. At 1pm Jan 6th, Ted Cruz Senator from Texas and Paul Gosar Representative from Az. Having previously been briefed on the plan they objected. Over 100 Republican Senators and Congressman also briefed on the plan, were set to extend the delay, ideally for days. Each objecting to different state elections based on accusations devoid of evidence, arguments already dismissed by the courts. We know this because Peter Navaro President Trump's advisor and co-RICO defendant wrote a book on it, and also detailed the plan on national TV. We have Navaro saying over 100 GOP congressmen and senators were briefed, we have multiple power points used to brief them, and we know the name of the briefer and his statements corroborating Navaro's account of what was planned.
Green Bay Sweep (politics)
the Electoral College vote count would be blocked by repeated challenges to various state's vote counts by Republican members of the House and Senate favorable to Donald Trump.
The objective of delaying the certification of the vote was to provide time for 6 State legislatures controlled by the Republicans to "spontaneously" decertify their elections.
That's when the the fake ballots would be used. According to Trump's attorney John Eastman's memo there were two scenarios. Both were contingent on Vice President Mike Pence who presides over tallying the vote in his role as President of the Senate, recognizing the fake ballots.
Eastman memos: First memorandum
Pence would recognize both set's of electors, claim a false equivalency and not award either side electors from those states. Pence would then say that no candidate had reached 270 votes in the Electoral College. That would throw the election to the House of Representatives, where each state would get one vote. Since Republicans controlled 26 state delegations, a majority could vote for Trump to win the election. Resulting in a constitutional crisis.
Memo shows Trump lawyer’s six-step plan for Pence to overturn the election
Eastman memos: Second memorandum
Pence, would recognize the alternate electors instead of the actual electors and declare President Trump the outright winner. Then over 100 Republican members of the House and Senate who were previously briefed on the plan, were supposed to rally and defend the fraudulent tally.
The 147 Republicans Who Voted to Overturn Election
This would throw the country into a constitutional crisis necessitating a Supreme Court ruling to resolve. The conspirators with a GOP majority in the court were confident they would prevail there.
What actually happened was when the Jan 6th rioters breached the capital, Vice President Pence citing the violence, blocked further challenges to the vote count. The entire plan was contingent on Vice President Pence's participation or recusing himself.
The alternate ballot was 1 of 7 different complementary strategies utilized by President Trump to stay in power after losing the 2023 election, according to the congressional Jan 6th, investigation.