Who is Phil Waldron and why did the January 6 committee subpoena him?

Phil Waldron. (Screenshot from YouTube.)

After telling the Washington post last week he met Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows “maybe 8-10 times” and briefed members of Congress ahead of the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising, Phil Waldron is be summoned to appear by the Special House Committee on January 6.

According to a December 16 Press release committee, Waldron is subpoenaed for playing a “role in promoting allegations of voter fraud and disseminating potential strategies to challenge the 2020 election results.” The committee in addition Remarks that Waldron was “apparently also in communication with officials from Trump’s White House and Congress to discuss his theories in the weeks leading up to the Jan.6 attack.”

Earlier this week, Waldron was invited by Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin to speak at a electoral commission hearing. the Washington post reports that he told the commission to stop relying on “black box” voting machines and electronic tabulators, and instead use paper ballots to be counted by hand. Ardoin, who chairs the committee, did not mention Waldron’s role in promoting the idea that Joe Biden’s victory should not be certified.

Waldron suddenly rose to prominence for his role in the Stop the Steal movement, but he was part of efforts to overturn the election since last year. Who exactly is he and what has he done?

Waldron, 57, is a retired colonel and cybersecurity consultant who has appeared as an expert on behalf of Trump’s external legal team in various cases in multiple states as the former president sought to overturn national election results. He also appeared in Mike Lindell Absolute proof documentary. But he’s in the news now for circulating a 38-page PowerPoint presentation titled: “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference, and Options for JAN 6.” The presentation, which included contributions from Waldron, outlined a plan to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

the Washington post reports that Meadows received a version of the presentation on Jan.5, which became public last week after the Jan.6 special committee issued a letter saying Meadows had passed the information on to the committee. Meadows later announced that he no longer cooperate with the committee.

The PowerPoint presentation reviews a litany of familiar electoral fraud allegations, starting with the baseless claim that: “The Chinese have systematically taken control of our electoral system, which is a national security emergency.” . Another slide states, “Electronic voting machines have been compromised and cannot be trusted to provide an accurate vote count. ”

The presentation, the Washington post reports, also mentioned “proposals for Vice President Mike Pence on Jan. 6 to reject voters in” states where the fraud occurred “or to replace them with Republican voters. It included a third proposal in which the certification of Joe Biden’s victory was to be delayed, and U.S. Marshals and National Guard troops were to help “secure” and count paper ballots in key states. “

Waldron also told the Washington post that before the election, he worked for the Texas-based company Allied Security Operations Group (ASOG). The leader of ASOG is Russell Ramsland, a former Republican congressional candidate who has a habit of promoting false allegations of voter fraud and who is largely responsible for perpetuating baseless election rumors in County Antrim , in Michigan.

In December 2020, Allied Security Operations Group published a forensic audit report signed by Ramsland claiming to prove electoral fraud in County Antrim. There were none. The rumor stems from what election officials explained was the result of “human error” in County Antrim which was quickly corrected and did not affect the final vote count, according to the secretary of state from Michigan, Jocelyn Benson.

We have indeed checked the report extensively, but it bears repeating here that: “Jonathan Brater, Chief Electoral Officer in Michigan, said in a court filing On December 13, the Allied Security Operations Group ‘report makes a series of unsupported conclusions, ascribing grounds for fraud and obfuscation to processes that are easily explained as routine election procedures or corrections to errors, and suggests without explanation that pieces of unused electoral software in Michigan are somehow responsible for tables or reports that are either nonexistent or easy to explain. “

Waldron was a major player in the Stop the Steal movement even before his PowerPoint was revealed. He appeared in Lindell’s Absolute proof, and also appeared as an “expert” as part of a “red team” at Lindell’s failed “Cybercrime Symposium” in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, last August.

Additionally, Waldron, as we have noted, has appeared as an expert on behalf of Trump’s legal team in states like Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia, where the election results were hotly contested.

Absolute proof, who attempted to show that Trump won the 2020 presidential election, was removed from Vimeo and YouTube shortly after its publication in February 2021 for violating community guidelines. Our fact check on it can be found here.

In the film, Lindell explains that Absolute proof would show “election night deviations” which he said “made no sense.” Specifically, Lindell has repeatedly repeated the baseless claim that there was “100% evidence” that “these [voting] machines were used to steal our election by other countries including China.

Waldron, who described himself as having an “information warfare” background, was the first expert to appear in the film. He repeated the familiar false claim that Dominion Voting Systems shifted votes from Trump to Joe Biden.

We have verified this claim of several names, but here again is the basic explanation of The Dispatch Alec Dent: “Many claims about Dominion can be traced to its alleged role in vote count errors in County Antrim, Michigan, and several counties in Georgia. County Antrim has revealed that it inadvertently misreported a number of votes in unofficial results. The Michigan Secretary of State said it was not a software problem, but “human user error” which led to the misrepresentation, and clarified that “the results correct were and continue to be reflected on the tabulator totals strip and on the ballots themselves. ” Even if the error in the reported unofficial results had not been quickly noticed, it would have been identified during the county survey. ‘ “

Much like Waldron’s PowerPoint presentation, his appearance at Lindell is also coupled with the baseless claim of Chinese electoral interference, claiming that the Dominion has ties to China and that the Chinese Communist Party has “access to the code of government.” Dominion ”. In response to false allegations of foreign links, Dominion did the following declaration: “Dominion is a non-partisan US corporation that provides voting systems to ‘red’ and ‘blue’ jurisdictions in 28 states. Dominion has no ownership ties with any leader of a US national political party – or with any foreign government, including living or deceased foreign leaders. Dominion is a privately held company providing electoral technology to government clients. All votes are cast and counted in the United States as part of the electoral process, which is administered and overseen by election officials. “

Waldron’s connection with Lindell wasn’t limited to a single video appearance. As noted, he was also a major figure last August at the Lindell Cyber ​​Symposium. On August 10, the first day of the three-day event, Waldron, speaking on stage to an audience, described himself as leading a “red team” on Lindell’s behalf to analyze voter information and drill down into the “data”. “The event, as we have reported, did not reveal any evidence of fraud, but was, once again, an opportunity for Lindell’s ‘experts’, including Waldron, to repeat allegations of voter fraud. long debunked.

Despite Waldron’s involvement in Lindell’s work, Lindell says his relationship with Waldron is limited. He said that when he interviewed Waldron for his film, it was the first time he had met him. In fact, Lindell said The Dispatch in an interview this week that he “didn’t know anyone in those movies” and that “people were recruited”, but not by Lindell. There was a point, Lindell notes, that he was “like a hub of the country for evidence and everyone was just pouring evidence.” Waldron, Lindell explained, was just one of those people who had evidence.

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