As Trump plans Ohio rally, former campaign staff file new state election fraud lawsuit
As former President Donald Trump plans a rally in Ohio, former staff members of the former president filed new lawsuits in Battlefield State this week over the purchase of machinery Dominion Voting Systems.
The lawsuit – filed in Stark County Common Pleas by Look Ahead America, a group of former Trump campaign staff – alleges the Stark County Election Board engaged in illegal private talks before it decide to purchase 1,450 Dominion machines on December 9th. the court to invalidate the council’s approval of the purchase.
“The process initiated by the Election Council was neither transparent nor open to the public,” Look Ahead America executive director Matt Braynard said in a statement. declaration. “Just before voting on the Dominion contract, the board excluded the public for eighteen minutes from their discussions and deliberations.
Braynard oversaw the data operations of the 2016 Trump campaign and supported the ex-president’s ongoing election fraud allegations in 2020.
The lawsuit alleges that the council violated the Open Meetings Act, which requires officials “to conduct all public affairs in public meetings which the public can attend and observe, unless the premature disclosure of information gives rise to an objection. competitive advantage or unfair negotiation to a person whose private interest is contrary to the general public interest. “
Therefore, the decisions of the board of directors taken during the executive sessions were invalid, according to the lawsuit.
Meanwhile, Trump has announced plans to hold campaign-style rallies in Ohio and other states over the summer. “We will do one in Florida, we will do one in Ohio, we will do one in North Carolina,” the former president told One America News Thursday, adding that details of the events will be released. “relatively soon.”
“We will be announcing them very soon over the next week or two,” he said.
Trump is not on the 2022 ballot, but he has promoted GOP candidates who support his American First agenda and disparaged those who don’t. Since his electoral defeat to President Joe Biden, Trump has repeatedly teased a possible presidential run in 2024 and continues to claim that electoral fraud caused his downfall in 2020.
Trump told conservative talk show host Joe Pags on Thursday that he could probably make a decision around the time of the 2022 midterm election. “I’m not sure when I can say it, but it is is something that I envision very, very strongly, ”he said.
Trump added: “Everyone wants me to do it, the polls all say I have to do it. I will make a decision maybe before but maybe more likely right after the 2022 election.”
Newsweek contacted the Stark County Electoral Board for comment. This story will be updated with any response.