Arrest warrant issued for pro-Trump election clerk Tina Peters because she made unauthorized trip to speak at a conference in Las Vegas that was streamed on Mike Lindell's website

Arrest warrant issued for pro-Trump election clerk Tina Peters because she made unauthorized trip to speak at a conference in Las Vegas that was streamed on Mike Lindell's website
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yPillow CEO Mike Lindell told Vice News that Peters is now "holed up" in a safe house.Getty Images, Mesa County
  • An arrest warrant was issued for former Mesa County election clerk Tina Peters on Thursday.

  • The Mesa County DA said that Peters made an unauthorized trip to Las Vegas.

  • In Vegas, she spoke at a conference and signed a recount letter for the primary she lost.

A Colorado judge issued an arrest warrant for pro-Trump former Mesa County election clerk Tina Peters after she violated her bond agreement by attending a law enforcement conference in Las Vegas, according to court documents.

Mesa County District Attorney Daniel Rubinstein sought the warrant this week after he said that Peters violated the terms of her bond agreement; he also revoked her $25,000 cash bond.

According to the warrant, Peters traveled without seeking authorization from the court to attend and speak at the Constitutional Sheriff's and Peace Officer's Association conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The DA said that they were partly tipped off because a video of the conference was streamed on MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's website Frankspeech.com.

"Looking at the website of the organization, they had a conference scheduled in Las Vegas at that time," Rubinstein said in the warrant. "DA Investigator Struwe has also now found a video on Frankspeech.com with the three-hour video from 7/12/2022 in Las Vegas of the conference. At the 2:27:50 second mark, Ms. Peters takes the stage."

Peters also signed a notarized letter to Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, demanding a recount of the Republican primary for Secretary of State that she lost weeks ago. The letter was signed in Nevada, the DA said.

"Ms. Peters is a gold-star mother with a love for public service and longstanding ties to her community and the State of Colorado," Peters' legal team said in a motion to quash the warrant, adding that Peters did not know she was barred from traveling to Vegas.

Last year, Colorado District Judge Valerie J. Robison alleged that in March 2021 as a county clerk overseeing elections, Peters allowed an unauthorized consultant to access the county's voting machines, with one of her aides requesting that election-department cameras be turned off for two weeks — long enough to allow that unauthorized third party to make a "forensic image" of the hard drive used by Dominion vote-tabulating equipment.

In March 2022, Tina Peters was indicted on 10 counts by a Mesa County grand jury related to her alleged role in the election data breach, according to the county's district attorney. Her aide, Belinda Knisley was indicted on six counts related to the breach.

Peters was indicted on counts of attempting to influence a public servant, criminal impersonation, conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation, identity theft, first-degree official misconduct, violation of duty, and failing to comply with the secretary of state. Prosecutors are now seeking federal charges against Peters.

"Using legal muscle to indict political opponents during an election isn't new strategy, but it's easier to execute when you have a district attorney who despises President Trump and any constitutional conservative like myself who continues to demand all election evidence be made available to the public," Peters said in response to the March 2022 indictment.

Peters pleaded not guilty to the charges.

For two years in a row, Peters has been barred from performing clerk duties, and in June Peters lost in a Republican primary for the Colorado Secretary of State, which she made a trip to Mar-a-Lago for in May and campaigned for alongside Mike Lindell at times.

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