An Idaho GOP official said Thursday that he is sending MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell a bill for the state election revision after Trump’s allies claimed there was widespread fraud.
Idaho’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Chad Houck told Idaho Statesman that the bill could be around $ 6,500, but that I.t will be another two weeks until the total amount is determined.
“Why not try to get Lindell to justify the state for having to refute his false claim?” Houck told the newspaper, adding that his office “investigates” his options if Lindell refuses to pay the bill.
Houck first announced the move in a CNN interview on Thursday.
The remarks come a week after Houck issued a statement discredit Lindell’s claims of electoral fraud.
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“Once we had the document in hand, we immediately thought something was wrong,” Houck said. “This document alleged electronic manipulation in all 44 counties. At least 7 Idaho counties have no electronic steps in their counting processes. ”
Butte, Camas and Bonner County were revised after Lindell’s false claim gained attention. All audits showed the accuracy of the election, with the Secretary of State’s office on Saturday saying there was a 0.1 percent margin of error across counties, according to the Idaho Statesman.
Bakken has contacted Houck and Lindell for a comment.
Trump won Idaho, a solid Republican state, in the 2020 presidential election with 63.8 percent of the vote. Idaho has four electoral votes.
Lindell has not acknowledged that Biden won the presidential election, instead continuing to erroneously claim that there was fraud in several states that changed the election results.
An Alabama official recently rejected a claim by Lindell that 100,000 votes be transferred from Trump to Biden in that state.