by Sharon Rondeau

(Jul. 12, 2021) — On Monday Pennsylvania state senator Doug Mastriano (R), who launched a forensic investigation of the November 3, 20920 election last week, tweeted a letter in which he confronted White House occupant Joe Biden with Pennsylvanians’ expressed uncertainty “about the accuracy of the 2020 General Election” which declared Biden the winner over then-incumbent President Donald J. Trump.

Mastriano’s letter responded to Biden’s anticipated visit on Tuesday to Philadelphia, one of the cities the forensic probe will encompass, during which Biden will reportedly speak on “actions to protect the sacred, constitutional right to vote.” 

In his one-page missive, Mastriano provided his reasons for conducting the audit and requested a meeting with Biden “to come together…to restore trust in our system.”  “The people of our Commonwealth should have confidence that their vote counts,” Mastriano wrote.  “It takes accountability and transparency to ensure that our elections are free and fair.”

As he wrote in a press release released on Wednesday, Mastriano told Biden, “Millions of Pennsylvanians have serious doubts about the accuracy of the 2020 General Election. A January poll from Muhlenberg University showed that 40% of Pennsylvania voters are not confident that the results of the 2020 Election accurately reflected how Pennsylvanians voted.”

“The people of our Commonwealth should have confidence that their vote counts,” Mastriano wrote.  “It takes accountability and transparency to ensure that our elections are free and fair.”

Some observers noted Biden announced his trip shortly after Mastriano declared he would launch the audit.  According to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday, Biden plans to express his opposition to new Republican-sponsored state laws which “suppress” voting and pose a threat to “democracy.”

Mastriano represents Pennsylvania’s 33rd senatorial district, which includes Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York Counties.

On Monday, Kamala Harris hosted a “listening session” on voting rights in Detroit, which Trump contends is a hotbed of election corruption. Michigan is one of six “swing” states Trump claims he won despite the announced results favoring Biden.

Trump has urged Michigan state legislators to launch a forensic election investigation in the wake of one which took place in Maricopa County, AZ whose results have yet to be announced. Earlier Monday Trump encouraged “MAGA” Republicans to mount primary challenges to members of the Michigan Senate who he said have denied evidence of election fraud via a report released in late June.

“The challengers will have great and powerful MAGA support,” he wrote. “They are now seeing the extent of what took place in the 2020 Presidential Election Scam. Watch Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and more!”

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