From earlier coverage, we know that the House of Representatives via the Speaker of the House and Rep. Brian Bilbray claim that Bilbray's swearing in only 7 days after a hotly contested June 6 election and weeks prior to certification or official results being reported deprived the San Diego Superior Court and everyone else except the House of REpresentatives of all power and jurisdiction to do anything about it, and especially to count or recount the ballots, or examine any mistakes, fraud or irregularity in the election of Bilbray. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/hl0608/s00316.htm (Congressional Election Nullified - Nobody Noticed)
And yet now there is more...The congressional record for the day Brian Bilbray was sworn in (June 6), is clear...sort of.
Here's the answer, ahead of time: Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House, got the word that Bilbray was unofficially elected from Ms. Susan Lapsley, Assistant Secretary of State for Elections, California Secretary of State Office...". In other words, another assistant to a Republican official helps out.
If you're in California, you may want to get this around in a hurry. This blows away the San Diego Registrars defense against a recount in the pending law suit. The Registrar says there is NO need to recount because the federal government assumed authority and jurisdiction when it swore Bilbray in.
BUT NOW WE KNOW THAT THEY RELIED ON STATE AUTHORITY TO DO SO AND THEY ADMIT IT. It's in the record. Amazing!
A decision of Judge Yuri Hofmann is expected Tuesday, August 29 at 130 pm PST, outcome will be reported on bradblog.com around 4 p.m. PST or earlier.
Election Nullification 2: Speaker's Special Source
Monday, 28 August 2006, 5:55 pm
Opinion: Michael Collins
Election Nullification II: Speaker of House had Special Source for Election "Certification
California Assistant Secretary of State for Elections Tells House Clerk, it's all good!
By Michael Collins
"Scoop" Independent Media
What would you think if you heard that a Member of Congress was sworn in prior to the official certification of his hotly contested and controversial election?
Would it matter to which political party the Member of Congress belonged?
On August 25, 2006, "Scoop" revealed that there was something very wrong with Brian Bilbray's swearing in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Republican Bilbray allegedly defeated Francine Busby in a close and controversial special election in California's 50th Congressional District. There were immediate cries of foul and demands for both an investigation and a recount. The problems were well publicized before the swearing in.
Nevertheless, this sequence emerged:
June 6 - unofficial results announced with Bilbray over Busby by a few thousand votes, followed by immediate public protests;
June 13 - Speaker Hastert swears in Republican Bilbray on the House floor and Bilbray becomes a Member of Congress; and,
June 30, 2006 - 17 days after Bilbray was sworn in as a member of the House, Mikel Haas, Registrar of San Diego County, officially completed the audit of election results required for certification, and officially certifies the election of Bilbray over Busby based on 163,931 total votes.
The problem with the sequence is simple to spot. The swearing in of Bilbray occurred a full 17 days before the election became official as a result of the San Diego Registrar's certification of results. The question raised in the previous article was, how could Speaker Hastert swear in Bilbray without notification that the election results were official? We have an answer.
Speaker Hastert's Special Source on "Certification"
The swearing in ceremony for Republican Brian Bilbray, alleged winner of the California 50th District special election on June 6, 2006, was tucked in between actions to commend Canada for its renewed commitment to the war on terror. The Congressional Digest for that day contains a remarkable revelation; the source that the Speaker of the House used to justify the official induction of Bilbray.
Oath of Office--Fiftieth Congressional District of California: Representative-elect Brian P. Bilbray presented himself in the well of the House and was administered the Oath of Office by the Speaker. Earlier the Clerk of the House transmitted a facsimile copy of the unofficial returns of the Special Election held on June 6, 2006 from Ms. Susan Lapsley, Assistant Secretary of State for Elections, California Secretary of State Office, indicating that the Honorable Brian P. Bilbray was elected Representative in Congress for the Fiftieth Congressional District of California .
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