Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters really believed the only reason failed one-term President Donald Trump didn’t win his 2020 reelection bid was widespread election fraud, thanks to Dominion Voting Systems. In fact, she believed it so much, she was willing to find the evidence herself.
Since August, Peters has been under investigation after data copied from her own Mesa County voting machines was discovered in the hands of a fellow conspiracy theorist.
Now Peters, who’s seeking the GOP nomination for Colorado secretary of state, is facing 10 counts, seven of which are felonies. According to an 18-page indictment, Peters is accused of sneaking a non-county employee into her office in May, before and during a “trusted build”—aka manual update—of the Dominion voting machines.
Peters’ charges include conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation and attempting to influence a public servant, stemming from her attempt to allegedly mislead state elections officials.
Peters’ deputy, Belinda Knisley was also indicted.
“We certainly thank the grand jurors for their work. As you know, a grand jury does not receive all the evidence in the case,” Knisley’s lawyer, R. Scott Reisch, told The Washington Post. “Only the evidence the district attorney believes favors their case is presented. We look forward for all the evidence being considered by a jury.”
Last month, Peters was arrested in a bagel shop, where investigators from the district attorney’s office attempted to serve her with a search warrant for her iPad and she caused a disturbance.
The video shows Peters struggling with officers, even kicking at one of them as they were forced to handcuff her.
According to police documents, she kicked the officer’s Taser and magazine.