by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 21, 2022) — On Monday, “The Lindell Report” posted a video featuring an appearance last Friday night by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell at the “19th Annual Ozarks Worldview Weekend” organized by Worldview Weekend (WVW-TV) host Brannon Howse.
During his appearance, Lindell expounded on his belief that voting machines are unreliable and should be abolished throughout the United States. In contrast to a recent interview he conducted with David Pakman, Lindell appeared to concede that an Arizona case in which he filed a request for a temporary restraining order on the use of electronic voting equipment in the 2022 midterm elections was dismissed on the basis of lack of “standing” by the plaintiffs.
Lindell has long held that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election and has gone as far as to predict that he would be reinstated in the White House as of August or September of last year, among other predictions which did not come to fruition, a point Pakman made in his interview with Lindell approximately ten days ago.
Election “laws” were not observed by a number of secretaries of state and governors during the 2020 election, Lindell stressed to Howse, with “judges” upholding such alterations absent legislative action. This past July, the Wisconsin Supreme Court outlawed the use of outside drop boxes since they were never approved by the legislature, and last week, the U.S. Supreme Court in a Pennsylvania case struck down a lower court’s ruling that mail-in ballots did not have to bear a “required” date in order to be counted in a 2021 state judge’s race.
However, Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of state declared that in regard to the upcoming midterm elections, “Today’s order from the U.S. Supreme Court vacating the Third Circuit’s decision on mootness grounds was not based on the merits of the issue and does not affect the prior decision of Commonwealth Court in any way. It provides no justification for counties to exclude ballots based on a minor omission, and we expect that counties will continue to comply with their obligation to count all legal votes.”
In Texas, Lindell contended to Howse, “one million votes” were “stolen” from Donald Trump in 2020, with an even greater number meeting the same fate in California.
At the 15:00 mark, Howse raised reporting by The New York Times on October 3 indicating it was a “conspiracy theory” that a Michigan-based company, Konnech, which produces software used by a number of U.S. election jurisdictions, had a connection to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The following day, Howse correctly remarked, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon ordered the arrest of Konnech’s CEO, Eugene Wu, for having allegedly “compromised” U.S. poll-worker data by storing it on Chinese servers.
Just weeks before, Konnech had sued Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote, and her colleague, Gregg Phillips, for accusing the company of having such a connection to China at an event held August 13 dubbed “The Pit.”
TTV’s statement on Wu’s arrest reads, in part:
True the Vote is honored to have played a small role in what must have been a wide ranging and complex investigation. The organization is profoundly grateful to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office for their thorough work and rapid action in this matter.
True the Vote was sued last month by Konnech to try to silence our organization, including obtaining an ex-parte TRO, conducted in secret so that True the Vote had no opportunity to contest it. This TRO limited True the Vote’s ability to speak on the litigation. Today Konnech CEO Eugene Yu was arrested based on alleged evidence of the very activities he and his organization attempted to suppress. Konnech was assisted by many reporters who unblinkingly accepted their now discredited claims as fact, and simply repeated them.
Howse drew a connection between Wu’s arrest and claims Lindell made in his nine-part video series, “Absolute Proof,” released last year. During the last 30+ minutes of the initial video, one Mary Fanning of The American Report, depicted only by telephone, claimed “hackers” based primarily in China altered votes from Trump to Biden in a “cyberwarfare attack.”
Konnech was not mentioned in any video in the series, nor has Gascon’s office suggested that Wu or his company tampered with any actual votes.
Although said to be a “National Intelligence Researcher and Author,” Fanning has no history of reporting on matters of “national intelligence,” and her only book, “The Hammer is the Key to the Coup,” contains verifiably false and defamatory information.
Fanning is facing a defamation lawsuit in Missouri from The Gateway Pundit and Yaacov Apelbaum, founder of XR Vision, over reporting at her website, The American Report. Her c0-author, Alan Jones, is also a named defendant but could not be located for service, the docket states.
Howse was also a defendant but was removed several months ago.
At 16:36, Lindell invoked “Dennis Montgomery” as the source of “evidence” he reportedly received on January 9, 2021 of a Chinese “cyberwarfare attack” on the November 3, 2020 election. Montgomery is a former U.S. government subcontractor and software developer whose co-owned company, eTreppid Technologies, LLC, contracted with the U.S. Defense Department in the early 2000s to produce technology for use in the War on Terror.
Since 2017, Fanning and Jones have written extensively about Montgomery’s various claims and reported on October 31, 2020 that Montgomery possessed evidence of the imminent presidential election having been breached in eight states “on Joe Biden’s behalf as he runs for President of the United States in 2020.” At that time, there was no mention of a “cyberwarfare” attack on the election.
On January 9, 2021, Lindell said, Howse called him and introduced Fanning, who “explained something” to the effect that in the 2020 election, “thousands of votes” were cast by non-residents in “every state and in every county of the United States,” allegedly commandeered by voting machines.
Following a 15-minute conversation, Lindell related, Fanning introduced him to Montgomery, who reportedly described, and then provided, evidence of the “stealing” of the November 3 election from Trump to Biden allegedly by a “cyberwarfare attack” perpetrated by China.
On January 15, 2021 Lindell took Montgomery’s “evidence” to the White House, he said, at which time major media reported him to have with him a document referring to “martial law.” Lindell said he did not achieve his objective of a few minutes with Trump to show him “the evidence,” but rather, was escorted through the White House by a number of attorneys.
On January 20, 2021, Trump left office for his home in Palm Beach, FL, Mar-a-Lago amid many questions as to whether the reported election results, particularly from six “swing” states, were accurate.
To this day, Trump claims he won the election and suggested the FBI did not carry out a good-faith investigation of alleged federal election violations. Likewise, various surrogates have cited numerous violations of state election laws and the receipt of approximately 1,000 sworn affidavits from eyewitnesses attesting to election fraud and law-breaking.
As he has previously, Lindell told Howse he “validated” Montgomery’s “evidence” “for nine months” prior to hosting his Cyber Symposium in August 2021, where he had promised the evidence of the alleged cyber-attack in the form of “PCAPS” (packet captures) would be made public on the second of three days with computer experts, the media and elected officials observing.
The revelation never occurred, with Lindell and an associate, Phil Waldron, claiming that a “poison pill” was credibly reported to pose a threat to the PCAPS data.
Notably, there was no mention of a “gag order.” However, Lindell told Howse last Friday that during the Cyber Symposium, “there was a government gag order on that [the evidence], and I needed him [Trump] to sign that…That order never got signed that day,” referring to his January 15, 2021 White House visit.
It was the first time Lindell made the claim to having prior knowledge of a “gag order,” a certain reference to the protective order invoked by the U.S. government in a 2006 lawsuit between Montgomery and his then-business partner, Warren Trepp, who with Montgomery owned eTreppid.
At his “The Moment of Truth Summit” held approximately two months ago in Missouri which Lindell referenced Friday night, he and his attorney, Kurt Olsen, spoke at length about the “gag order” which they said prevented Montgomery and them from releasing the technology and data Montgomery collected from the November 3, 2020 election. Lindell purchased the majority of the data, he said, and now “owns it.”
At the Summit on August 21, Lindell announced his legal team was filing a Motion to Intervene in the 2006 litigation for the purpose of having the protective order lifted. Were it revoked, Lindell’s team argued, Lindell would be able to publicly release Montgomery’s information as a defense against a defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems, Inc. early last year.
Lindell told Howse that Montgomery has made his own efforts to lift the protective order, which Montgomery has frequently claimed over the years has prevented him from fully disclosing evidence he claims to have concerning illegal government surveillance, the January 2021 Solar Winds cyber-attack and military biodefense measures.
It is only recently that Montgomery claims to have developed election-related technology approximately two decades ago while at eTreppid and that he believes it to be prohibited from release by the 2007 protective order. In 2014, while working as a confidential informant for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Montgomery told investigators that while working as a government subcontractor, he was asked to “download” the state of Florida’s “voter rolls” and “weeks later was handed a hard drive which he reportedly was instructed to upload back into the same Florida computer.”
On October 31, 2020, Fanning and Jones reported, citing Montgomery as their only source, that “The Hammer” and “Scorecard” were actively engaged in changing early votes cast in the 2020 presidential election and would continue to be deployed in eight states to “steal” the election from Trump and hand it to Joe Biden.
On October 6, the government filed a reply to Lindell’s Motion to Intervene, contending that the protective order does not extend to Lindell and that any evidence he gleaned from Montgomery can be released. However, U.S. Justice Department attorneys wrote that Montgomery continues to be held to a non-disclosure agreement (p. 6) he signed while working at eTreppid as well as the government-invoked protective order to the extent declared by Judge Philip Pro at the time.
The DOJ attorneys stated that none of the material Pro ordered be withheld encompassed voting, elections, or associated software or technology.
Lindell did not explain how he believed Trump, or any president, could have lifted the protective order, nor why he never mentioned the order between the time he went to the White House and the Summit held on August 20 and 21 this year.
No one has explained how Lindell allegedly possesses classified information but neither he nor his source has run afoul of federal law.
In apparent contrast to Lindell’s claims of a Chinese attack on the election, Cyber Symposium attendee and “Absolute Proof” contributor Dr. Douglas Frank claimed in a recent interview with Howse that Lindell’s access to “PCAPS” data was through “secret passwords” to vote tabulation machines which “leaked out to the public.” “The bad guys have them, too, and that’s why Mike [Lindell] was able to acquire so many PCAP recordings,” Frank said.
On September 14, FBI agents seized Lindell’s cell phone in apparent connection with the Colorado case Frank referenced to Howse.
Howse, who is on Lindell’s payroll, did not challenge Lindell on any of his statements.
On October 9, Lindell’s attorneys requested the Nevada federal court allow them an extension of time to reply to the government’s brief which Judge Miranda Du granted to Friday, October 21.