Hotze paid investigator/gunman Mark Aguirre over a quarter of a million dollars, and the vast majority of that was paid to Aguirre the day after the assault.
Anyway, the guy is a far-right activist, he's been active in Texas Republican politics for approximately forever, he's able to shell out a truly bizarre amount of money even for an alleged physician—who the hell throws down a quarter-million bucks for some random gun-toting ex-cop to go on a violent "fraud hunt" based on nothing but internet conspiracy claims?—and now he and his ally Ken Paxton are both qualified to wear "currently indicted for criminal acts but still quite welcome in all Republican circles" commemorative t-shirts. But now he'll have to spend money on a few more lawyers as well, which is money that can't go toward getting anyone else in Texas nearly gunned down over a hoax. It’s the small things that count.
The idea that you can pay someone a quarter of a million dollars to "find" election fraud and the guy you're paying follows that order by running a random vehicle off the road in the dead of night and holding a man at gunpoint in order to search his work truck for "ballots" is extremely not good, and yeah, it's pretty clear why a grand jury thought Hotze's extremely lavish funding of the scheme counts as being involved with the crime. There's a deeper story here somewhere, and if Hotze wants to argue that he was conned by a violent weirdo he's going to have to have a better explanation for why he paid $211,000 of the $266,000 provided the day after the attack took place.
Because that doesn't look like an "investigation," that looks like a bounty being paid out for doing "something" publicly to keep the election fraud hoax alive—even if the "something" meant pinning that hoax on random and innocent people.
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