The video shows for the first time what happened at the Coffee County elections office on January 7, 2021, the same day that its voting systems were found to have been compromised. Among those seen in the footage is Cathy Latham, the former Coffee County GOP chairwoman who is being investigated for voter fraud in 2020.
The new video, obtained as part of a years-long civil lawsuit related to the security of Georgia’s voting systems, shows Latham in the office for hours while operatives appear to have set up computers near election equipment and accessed voting data.
Also appearing are the two men Latham escorted to the building earlier that day, Scott Hall and Paul Maggio, who both admitted to being part of a group that gained access to Coffee County’s voting systems.
Maggio did not respond to CNN’s request for comment. The data firm he works for, SullivanStrickler, which court documents show was hired by Powell, previously told CNN that he was “directed by attorneys to contact county election officials to gain access to certain Georgia data” and also “directed” . lawyers to distribute these data to certain people.”
In an August 29, 2022 email, a SullivanStrickler attorney acknowledged that Latham was the “primary point of contact” in coordinating the group’s visit to Coffee County.
The firm said it had no reason to believe those lawyers would ask or direct it to do anything “improper or illegal.”
An attorney representing Latham pushed back on his claim that SullivanStrickler was the group’s main point of contact, and told CNN that the calls that can be seen in the videotaping were not with anyone at the company.
“There is no knowledge that Ms. Latham spoke with Ms. Powell or anyone at SullivanStrickler on or before January 6, 2021. And indeed, there is no knowledge that Ms. Latham spoke with Ms. Powell or anyone at SullivanStrickler prior to January 6, 2021. first,” added the lawyer.
A second attorney representing Latham, Bob Cheeley, previously told CNN, “Cathy Latham has devoted a great deal of time and effort over many years to protecting the integrity of elections in Coffee County. elections.”
Hall, the Atlanta bail bondsman and Republican supervisor of the Fulton County polls, did not respond to CNN’s repeated requests for comment.
The new video also shows a third operative, Jeffery Lenberg, entering the restricted server room inside the Coffee County elections office on January 26, more than two weeks later. system violations there.
In late January 2021, Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan, who oversaw the audit of partisan elections in Maricopa County, Arizona, and is also the target of a criminal investigation in Michigan, also gained access to the Coffee County election office in late January 2021.
According to court documents, Logan and Maggio are part of a group that gained access to voting systems in Antrim County, Michigan in late 2020; after all, he produced a report on the weaknesses of the Dominion voting system. Claims of widespread voter fraud promoted by Trump and his allies.
Surveillance video from outside the building shows Logan made multiple visits to the Coffee County elections office in January 2021, roughly two weeks after the break-in. CNN has contacted Logan’s attorneys.
Lenburg has not denied visiting the Coffee County election office, but said in a webcast last week that he and Logan only helped “correct” voting systems “tests” there.
“We didn’t test it. We helped run it. We actually didn’t touch the equipment. Doug Logan and I,” he said, adding that they briefed Coffee County election officials who operated the equipment. their direction