来源 ：正泰集团 2019-12-16 00:54:27|竞彩足球预测推荐分析
RALEIGH, N.C. — The chief strategist for a Republican congressional candidate at the center of an election fraud inquiry told North Carolina officials on Tuesday that he had no knowledge of any wrongdoing, attempting to distance the campaign from the illegal machinations that drew the attention of state investigators.
“I care deeply about the integrity of our democracy, and I’m not going to put up with that junk,” said the strategist, Andy Yates, appearing confident, careful and sometimes indignant during the second day of an evidentiary hearing about a voter turnout operation in the state’s Ninth Congressional District. The district is home to the last undecided House race of 2018.
Mr. Yates’s turn on the witness stand came a day after Kim Strach, executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, said that investigators had found “a coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme” that benefited Mark Harris, the Republican candidate who hired Mr. Yates.
Mr. Harris had a 905-vote lead over his Democratic opponent, Dan McCready, when state officials refused to certify his victory because of concerns about fraud.
[A state official shared some of the election board’s conclusions on Monday.]
Although Republicans have held the Ninth District’s House seat for more than a half century, it was in peril last fall, when Democrats were on the brink of making substantial gains in Congress and the party had fielded a candidate they felt was among the strongest in memory in the Ninth. But the election board, which has the power to decide whether to order a new election, found that a Republican operative oversaw an elaborately concealed get-out-the-vote effort they came to believe was endemic with fraud and misconduct to benefit Mr. Harris.
According to Ms. Strach and the testimony that followed on Monday, L. McCrae Dowless Jr., the political contractor for the Harris campaign, orchestrated the effort. It included the handwritten completion of some ballots and, in violation of North Carolina law, the in-person collection of absentee ballots. In Bladen County, where Mr. Dowless primarily worked, Mr. Harris won 61 percent of the received absentee ballots, even though registered Republicans accounted for only 19 percent of the ballots submitted.
According to Mr. Yates, who did not invoke his constitutional protection against self-incrimination or testify with immunity, Mr. Dowless repeatedly and explicitly pledged that his work was within the confines of state law, which generally forbids third parties from handling absentee ballots.
“Mr. Dowless told me that he knew it was illegal to collect ballots and that he told all his workers that it was illegal to collect ballots, that they would never collect ballots, that he never touched or handled a ballot,” Mr. Yates said. “I was shocked and disturbed to learn that that appears that it was not the case. If that had ever become evident to me in the campaign, I would have immediately cut off all contact.”
Still, Mr. Yates’s testimony risked feeding perceptions that the Harris campaign was negligent, by design or happenstance, in its dealings with Mr. Dowless, who had convictions for perjury and insurance fraud and had been the subject of scrutiny — but not prosecution — for his political work. The testimony, though, was a lengthy account of some of the Harris campaign’s interactions with Mr. Dowless, whose hiring was personally directed by the candidate.
Mr. Harris has not been accused of personal wrongdoing, but investigators found that his campaign financed the illicit effort, with tens of thousands of dollars that passed through Mr. Yates’s consulting firm. On Tuesday, Mr. Yates acknowledged that he had been in regular contact with Mr. Dowless, and that Mr. Harris himself had spoken with Mr. Dowless regularly. But Mr. Yates asserted that he had not been aware of any misconduct and did not believe Mr. Harris had either.
Mr. Harris is expected to testify as soon as Wednesday. On Monday, Mr. Dowless, through his lawyer, declined to testify.
But testimony showed that Mr. Dowless operated with a certain autonomy in southeastern North Carolina, several hours from the Charlotte area where Mr. Harris lived and Mr. Yates worked. Mr. Yates, for instance, said he did not demand receipts from Mr. Dowless before reimbursing expenses, and he acknowledged that he had not conducted a criminal-background check on the man who was running a crucial prong of a high-stakes campaign.
Lawyers for Mr. McCready have asserted that Mr. Dowless was hired precisely because of his “proven history of generating a strikingly high, and downright suspicious, share of absentee-by-mail votes.” On Tuesday, Marc E. Elias, a lawyer for Mr. McCready, pressed Mr. Yates over what a candidate’s hiring of a person like Mr. Dowless might indicate.
“It would make me question their judgment,” Mr. Yates replied after a long pause.
Minutes earlier, Mr. Yates said he would not have hired Mr. Dowless had he known of a record that included a perjury conviction.
“I would have believed that you couldn’t trust them,” said Mr. Yates, who added that there would have been a political cost if such a hiring ever became public.
Even after two days of hearings, the scope and consequences of Mr. Dowless’s efforts remain somewhat unclear. Mr. Dowless and his associates were linked to more than 1,000 absentee ballot requests, but a crucial witness for the state testified that she had handled only 30 to 40 ballots herself.
Republicans maintained that, given that only a handful of ballots had been provably spoiled, the state board did not need to call for a new vote.
“If at the end of the day the board were to throw out an election with a margin of 905 over 100 votes, I think it’d be unprecedented, and I think it’d be dangerous,” Dallas Woodhouse, the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, said on Tuesday morning. “I’m not saying they have to have 905, but it’s got to be somewhere in the ballpark.”
State law does not set a specific threshold and instead gives regulators wide discretion. The state board may order a new election if four of its five members conclude that “irregularities or improprieties occurred to such an extent that they taint the results of the entire election and cast doubt on its fairness.”
Democrats are betting on the board, which includes three Democrats and two Republicans, adopting a broad view of the statute, and on Tuesday the North Carolina Democratic Party eagerly circulated an editorial from The Charlotte Observer, the primary newspaper in the state’s largest city, with a headline that declared the “hearing isn’t over, but it’s over.”
“Ninth District voters,” the newspaper wrote, “deserve the confidence of an election free from fraud.”B:
竞彩足球预测推荐分析【华】【天】【凌】【含】【笑】【道】：“【大】【哥】【这】【样】【英】【明】【神】【武】，【甚】【至】【一】【直】【调】【查】【案】【件】【的】【人】【都】【不】【知】【道】，【四】【弟】【又】【如】【何】【能】【够】【知】【道】【什】【么】【关】【键】【线】【索】【呢】？” “【你】【当】【真】【不】【知】【道】？”【华】【天】【宇】【的】【声】【音】【带】【了】【一】【丝】【气】【急】【败】【坏】，【感】【情】【这】【家】【伙】【方】【才】【一】【直】【在】【和】【他】【开】【玩】【笑】，【将】【他】【当】【猴】【耍】？ 【华】【天】【宇】【立】【刻】【便】【要】【发】【火】，【华】【天】【凌】【却】【不】【疾】【不】【徐】【道】：“【大】【哥】，【这】【样】【着】【急】，【可】【是】【得】【不】【到】【你】【想】【要】
【推】【门】【而】【入】【的】【乔】【安】【晴】【明】【显】【也】【是】【一】【脸】【的】【诧】【异】，【没】【有】【想】【到】【自】【己】【姐】【姐】【会】【跑】【到】【阿】【城】【的】【房】【间】【里】。 【想】【到】【刚】【刚】【进】【门】【时】【看】【到】【的】【暧】【昧】【的】【那】【一】【幕】，【乔】【安】【晴】【眼】【中】【一】【抹】【异】【色】【一】【闪】【而】【过】。【继】【而】，【她】【的】【神】【情】【很】【快】【恢】【复】【如】【初】，【平】【了】【平】【心】【绪】，【她】【才】【开】【口】：“【姐】……【怎】【么】【是】【你】？【你】【怎】【么】【在】【阿】【城】【的】【房】【间】【里】？” 【说】【完】，【乔】【安】【晴】【投】【向】【乔】【安】【媛】【的】【眸】【光】【多】【了】【一】【丝】【探】【究】
【听】【了】【唐】【方】【的】【话】，【除】【了】【唐】【战】【外】【的】【众】【人】，【都】【陷】【入】【了】【沉】【默】。 【之】【前】【唐】【鹰】【带】【回】【九】【星】【冥】【蝎】【的】【消】【息】【后】，【唐】【家】【上】【下】【就】【下】【了】【决】【心】，【一】【定】【要】【击】【杀】【这】【只】【九】【星】【冥】【蝎】，【帮】【唐】【战】【突】【破】【到】【金】【丹】【期】。 【但】【是】【关】【于】【如】【何】【用】【这】【只】【九】【星】【冥】【蝎】【帮】【唐】【战】【突】【破】【到】【金】【丹】【期】，【众】【人】【起】【了】【不】【少】【争】【执】。 【唐】【战】【当】【年】【为】【求】【突】【破】【金】【丹】，【曾】【经】【去】【找】【过】【一】【次】【鬼】【医】，【请】【鬼】【医】【施】【展】【他】【独】【门】竞彩足球预测推荐分析“【呵】【呵】，【走】，【往】【哪】【走】，【你】【以】【为】【我】【们】【会】【没】【有】【准】【备】【吗】，【不】【然】，【当】【初】【灭】【门】【关】【家】【的】【时】【候】，【你】【们】【那】【些】【拥】【有】【着】【倾】【城】【之】【恋】【的】【人】【怎】【么】【一】【个】【都】【没】【能】【逃】【出】【来】。”【一】【个】【声】【音】【出】【现】。 【只】【看】【见】，【另】【一】【个】【青】【铜】【面】【具】【的】【人】【影】【出】【现】，【这】【个】【面】【具】，【正】【是】【先】【前】【偷】【袭】【过】【关】【山】【的】【那】【个】【青】【铜】【面】【具】【的】【样】【子】。 “【本】【来】【以】【为】【倾】【城】【之】【恋】【是】【在】【你】【这】【突】【然】【蹦】【出】【来】【的】【人】【身】【上】，【没】
【病】【房】【外】。 【薄】【靳】【南】【直】【接】【将】【薄】【老】【夫】【人】【等】【人】【送】【到】【了】【医】【院】【楼】【下】，【蹙】【眉】【看】【了】【一】【眼】【薄】【老】【夫】【人】【身】【后】【的】【排】【场】，【薄】【唇】【抿】【起】。 “【奶】【奶】，【以】【后】【别】【这】【么】【高】【调】，【容】【易】【吓】【得】【孩】【子】。” 【薄】【靳】【南】【幽】【幽】【的】【开】【口】，【除】【了】【关】【心】【糖】【糖】【之】【外】【再】【无】【其】【他】。 【薄】【老】【夫】【人】【冷】【哼】【一】【声】。 “【吓】【到】【孩】【子】，【薄】【靳】【南】，【你】【可】【真】【的】【是】【够】【本】【事】【的】【啊】，【居】【然】【想】【起】【来】【在】【孩】【子】【面】【前】
【白】【芷】【听】【得】【入】【了】【迷】，【恍】【惚】【看】【到】【了】【二】【十】【几】【年】【前】【所】【发】【生】【的】【一】【切】，【怒】【由】【心】【中】【起】，【一】【双】【拳】【头】【握】【得】【咯】【吱】【作】【响】。 “【这】【王】【八】【蛋】【鬼】【皇】【帝】，【若】【让】【老】【娘】【给】【碰】【着】，【见】【他】【一】【次】【打】【一】【次】，【非】【得】【扒】【了】【他】【的】【皮】【不】【可】！” 【这】【个】【故】【事】【她】【缠】【着】【美】【人】【婶】【儿】【听】【过】【好】【些】【次】，【可】【每】【次】【都】【忍】【不】【住】【想】【掐】【死】【那】【皇】【帝】。【还】【真】【不】【是】【一】【家】【人】【不】【进】【一】【家】【门】，【那】【皇】【帝】【跟】【皇】【后】【夫】【妻】【俩】【恶】【毒】
“【起】【来】【吧】，【别】【动】【不】【动】【就】【跪】【着】。【多】【大】【年】【纪】【还】【不】【爱】【惜】【自】【己】【的】【身】【体】，【本】【王】【可】【不】【希】【望】【到】【你】【出】【嫁】【那】【天】【有】【个】【小】【病】【小】【痛】【的】，【本】【王】【可】【没】【法】【跟】【新】【郎】【官】【交】【代】【哦】。”【慕】【容】【忆】【慈】【的】【脸】【上】【勾】【起】【一】【个】【弯】【弯】【的】【笑】【容】，【悠】【然】【的】【娇】【羞】【已】【经】【很】【明】【白】【地】【告】【诉】【了】【她】，【她】【愿】【意】。 【所】【以】，【她】【对】【悠】【然】【的】【心】【也】【算】【是】【有】【个】【交】【代】【了】。 【这】【会】【子】【燕】【窝】【也】【冷】【得】【差】【不】【多】【了】，【慕】【容】【忆】【慈】