A Georgia County Republican official and agents working with a lawyer for former President Donald Trump spent hours inside a restricted area of the local elections office on the day voting systems were breached, newly obtained surveillance video broadcasts.
The video reveals for the first time what happened inside the Coffee County Elections Office on January 7, 2021, the same day its voting systems were known to have been compromised. Among those seen in the footage is Cathy Latham, a former Coffee County GOP chairwoman who is under criminal investigation for posing as a fake voter in 2020.
CNN previously reported that Latham escorted officers working with former Trump attorney Sidney Powell through the front door of the Elections Office on Jan. 7, 2021. The new footage appears to contradict Latham’s previous claims that she was n was not “personally involved” in the breach.
The new video, obtained as part of a years-long civil lawsuit in Georgia related to the security of voting systems there, shows Latham standing in the office for hours as those same officers set up computers nearby election materials and appeared to be accessing voting data.
The footage also shows the two men Latham escorted into the building earlier today, Scott Hall and Paul Maggio, who both admitted they were part of a team that gained access to Coffee’s voting systems County.
Maggio did not respond to CNN’s request for comment. The data company he works for, SullivanStrickler, whose court documents show she was hired by Powell, previously said in a statement to CNN that she was “directed by attorneys to contact county election officials to obtain access to certain data” in Georgia and also “directed by lawyers to distribute this data to certain people.
In an August 29, 2022 email, an attorney for SullivanStrickler acknowledges that Latham was the “primary point of contact” to coordinate the team’s visit to Coffee County.
The company said it had no reason to believe these lawyers would ask or order it to “do anything improper or illegal”.
An attorney representing Latham pushed back against the claim that she was the main point of contact for the SullivanStrickler team, telling CNN that the calls she can see in the video do not relate to anyone at the firm.
“There is no evidence that we are aware of that Ms. Latham spoke to Ms. Powell or anyone else at SullivanStrickler on or before January 6, 2021. And indeed, there is no evidence that we know of that Mrs. Latham ever spoke to Mrs. Powell or anyone at SullivanStrickler no later than January 6, 2021,” the attorney added.
A second attorney representing Latham, Bob Cheeley, previously told CNN, “Cathy Latham has dedicated a great deal of time and effort over many years to protecting the integrity of elections in Coffee County, Georgia. She would not have been and has not knowingly been involved in any irregularity during an election.
Hall, an Atlanta surety and Fulton County Republican observer, did not respond to CNN’s repeated requests for comment.
The new video also shows a third agent, Jeffery Lenberg, entering the restricted server room inside the Coffee County Elections Office more than two weeks later on January 26. Lenberg is the subject of a criminal investigation by the Michigan State Attorney General in a series of ballots. system flaws there.
Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan, who oversaw the partisan election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, also gained access to the Coffee County Elections Office in late January 2021 and is also a target of the Michigan Criminal Investigation.
According to court documents, Logan and Maggio are part of a team that gained access to County Antrim, Michigan’s voting systems in late 2020, which ultimately led to a since-debunked report on the vulnerabilities in the Dominion’s voting system that remains at the center of unsubstantiated. allegations of widespread voter fraud pushed by Trump and his allies.
Surveillance video from outside the building shows Logan visiting the Coffee County Elections Office more than once in January 2021, about two weeks after the breach. CNN has contacted Logan’s attorneys.
Lenburg did not deny visiting the Coffee County Elections Office, but claimed on an internet broadcast last week that he and Logan only helped ‘direct’ the ‘testing’ of the systems. voting there.
“We haven’t done the tests. We just helped direct it. In fact, we did not touch the equipment. Doug Logan and I,” he said, adding that they had just given instructions to two Coffee County election officials who handled the equipment according to their instructions.