The former campaign manager for Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert had her home raided by FBI agents who used a battering ram to gain access to the premises.
This week the FBI searched four homes on Colorado’s Western Slope that it says were connected to an alleged breach of election security and misuse of election funds, CBS Denver reported.
Among those was the home of former Rep. Boebert staffer Sharronna Bishop.
“They were yelling that this was the FBI, open the door. I took my two children into their bedroom,” she said to the CBS4 reporter.
“Just as we were about to open the door it flew open. They had used a ram to bust down the door,” she said of the agents who arrived on Tuesday with a warrant.
And on that same day, Republican Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters‘ home was searched by federal agents.
Peters said that she believes she was being investigated because of the way she handled her job.
“I took the initiative to investigate the 2020 election and the steps taken by the Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold,” she said.
Voting machine information from Mesa County somehow ended up on a public website. In August, Griswold admonished Peters.
“The Mesa County Clerk and Recorder allowed a security breach and, by all evidence at this point, assisted it,” said Griswold.
Now four homes have been searched, phones and computers seized as part of a criminal investigation by the FBI, Colorado Attorney General and the Mesa County District Attorney. Bishop said she supports Peters and says she has had nothing to do with Boebert since last year.
“This is not what we do in America. We don’t silence people like this. We don’t shut them down because of what they are saying and we certainly don’t criminalize and terrorize them, not in America,” BNishop said.
And, of course, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office defended itself.
“We dispute how some have characterized the law enforcement action carried out earlier this week in Mesa and Garfield Counties. This judicially authorized search was executed in a professional and lawful manner,” it said.
It all started in August when, as noted by the Washington Examiner, officials in Mesa County, Colorado, had voting machines and passwords leaked online.
The passwords appeared on Telegram and allegedly implicated County Clerk Tina Peters and two other individuals.
Republican Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubenstein and his office “obtained and executed search warrants” to process evidence as part of the investigation into how the sensitive information was accessed.
The district attorney’s office is “in the process of identifying and interviewing potential witnesses,” the spokesperson added.
The Examiner reported:
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, who announced her own investigation into the security breach on Aug. 9 after the passwords appeared on the social media site Telegram, implicated County Clerk Tina Peters and two others on Monday as responsible for the security breach.
Griswold’s office said her investigators determined the online images revealing election equipment passwords were taken from a county election server on the evening of May 23 “outside of normal work hours” by Peters and an employee in her office who was initially unnamed. The secretary’s office on Tuesday identified the employee as Sandra Brown.
The report added:
Griswold said in the Aug. 12 order that investigators found video surveillance of the voting systems was turned off before May 25 and not turned back on until August, which prevented them from using the footage to confirm the equipment’s chain of custody to determine the source of the leaked passwords.
The order said the evidence suggested Peters’s office directed the surveillance cameras to be turned off.
“The people of Mesa County deserve safe and secure elections,” Griswold said in a statement Tuesday. “I am confident that with these appointments, voters in Mesa will be able to exercise their constitutional right to have their voices heard in our democracy.”