Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat and close Clinton confidant, used a robot pen to sign pardons for 60,000 felons to swing the presidential election in favor of his long-time friend.
It’s a last-minute act that defies the elected state general assembly and statewide election officials. McAuliffe already had to be sued to stop him from pardoning more than 200,000 felons.
Virginia has experienced a spate of close elections. Thousands of felons pardoned by the Democratic governor could tip the presidential race to Democrats. From The Daily Caller:
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has granted voting rights to as many as 60,000 convicted felons just in time for them to register to vote, nearly five times more than previously reported and enough to win the state for his long-time friend, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
McAuliffe sought to allow all of Virginia’s estimated 200,000 felons to vote, but state courts said each individual felon’s circumstances must be weighed. To get around that, McAuliffe used a mechanical autopen to rapidly sign thousands of letters, as if he had personally reviewed them, even as his office was saying the total was 13,000.
McAuliffe is a long-time friend of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. He once personally secured a massive home loan for the Clintons in New York. He also managed Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 bid for the presidency.
Felons also received help with voter registration that was denied to other voters. Those who received McAuliffe’s letter, according to The Daily Caller, also got voter registration forms with pre-paid return postage. No others in Virginia received such a service.
Clara Belle Wheeler, vice-chairman of the Virginia Board of Elections and a Republican, was asked by about the apparent favoritism toward 60,000 felons.
“I am acutely and chronically aware of that,” she said. She also noted that McAuliffe has explicitly asked felons to vote for Clinton.
Wheeler said the last-minute, highly unorthodox flood of individual restorations had to be processed by registrars who were already overwhelmed by failing computer systems.
It’s clear McAuliffe tried to get around the law to favor his friend and candidate for president.
“I think the General Assembly caucus that brought suit made it abundantly clear that you must look at each person and evaluate each individual person’s record: have they served their time, have they paid their restoration if it was due, have they finished their probation, are they citizens, have they not been arrested for some other crime,” Wheeler said.
Virginia’s governor did not follow that legal guideline. He instead used his position to promote his political party and openly work a favor for a friend. It’s the way of the Democrats – get elected, then use your position to help political and private friends, but ignore the electorate you’re sworn to help.
McAuliffe is so deep into Hillary’s pockets he can’t see any light. He cares only for political gain which she will surely award him with an election win. It’s a wide-open case of deviant politics by disgusting Democrats that people choose not to see.