FBI refuses to release documents on Michigan vote fraud investigation it took over in 2020

by WorldTribune Staff, September 28, 2023

The FBI has rejected a news organization’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding a 2020 voter registration fraud case in Michigan.

The Muskegon Police Department and Michigan State Police reported that a firm called GBI Strategies was under scrutiny in an alleged voter registration fraud operation in the 2020 presidential election. The matter was initially investigated by city and state authorities before the FBI took over.

Last week, the FBI denied a FOIA/Privacy Acts request from Just the News regarding records from the investigation into GBI Strategies.

“Contacts between local law enforcement and the FBI continued into 2022 but there is no evidence of what happened after that in the memos obtained by Just the News through requests made under Michigan’s own Freedom of Information Act,” Just the News reported on Tuesday.

The FBI cited its “ongoing investigation” in a response to the FOIA request which states: “The material you requested is located in an investigative file which is exempt from disclosure.”

“By ‘ongoing investigation’ they mean ongoing cover up,” Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington said.

Police from Michigan interviewed GBI Strategies employees in 2020 and cited specific instances of registrations that appeared suspicious or fraudulent, the memos obtained by Just the News show. A Michigan State Police memo described the possible crime being investigated as “Election Fraud by Forgery.”

The Muskegon Police Department said the FBI paid a visit in May 2021 to examine the voter registration applications.

In March 2022, Muskegon Police said they received a call from an FBI agent “request[ing] random copies of some of the voter applications.” The agent also spoke with the Muskegon city clerk, who told him “there was another box of applications with thousands of applications that were turned in after the deadline thus never examined. He requested that these be retained by the police department pending further investigation.”

GBI Strategies lists its business address as being in Cordova, Tennessee, but at least during the 2020 election the company had a Philadelphia office, employees from Atlanta working in Michigan, and a supervisor in New York for Michigan workers, according to the memos obtained by Just the News.

Just the News said it is weighing its legal options regarding a challenge to the FBI’s denial of the FOIA request.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk said he has cut the Electoral Integrity team at X (formerly Twitter) in half, including the newly brought on board head of the group, Aaron Rodericks.

When the news was reported, Musk replied: “Oh you mean the ‘Election Integrity’ Team that was undermining election integrity? Yeah, they’re gone.”

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