HOUSTON – A Houston Conservative activist charged with wrongful restraint and aggravated assault had asked a U.S. attorney in Texas to provide federal commissioners to help his private investigator seize what were believed to be fraudulent ballot papers from an air conditioning repairman’s vehicle. .
A transcript of a phone call from Dr. Steven Hotze to then-U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick in Houston District Court says Hotze told Patrick of private investigator Mark Aguirre’s plans to have the repairman’s vehicle crashed and Aguirre arrested a citizen.
Aguirre was also charged with the same offenses and both said through their lawyers that they had done nothing wrong. Patrick, now in private practice, declined to comment. The two men are on bail.
Aguirre was hoping to seize what were believed to be thousands of fraudulent ballot papers, but the vehicle only carried tools, prosecutors said.
Then-President Donald Trump and others falsely claimed that there was a massive voter fraud in the November 2020 presidential election won by Democrat Joe Biden.
“He (Aguirre) needs to have a federal marshal with him,” Hotze said, according to the transcript of the Oct. 17, 2020 phone call. .
The Texas Attorney General’s office was not helping, according to the transcript, and the county sheriff’s office could not be trusted “obviously because they are Democrats.”
Ryan responded that no federal agents worked for his office.
“I can’t just send commissioners … commissioners don’t work for me,” Ryan said, according to the document.
Hotze’s lawyer, Jared Woodfill, said in a statement to KTRK-TV that Hotze is innocent.
“Ryan Patrick’s tape further demonstrates that Dr. Hotze’s indictment was politically motivated and that Dr. Hotze is innocent of any criminal or civil offense. We look forward to proving Dr. Hotze’s innocence,” the statement said.
Aguirre’s lawyer, Terry Yates, also denied Aguirre’s wrongdoing. “This is a political accusation that has no factual or factual basis,” Yates said.
Aguirre allegedly crashed his vehicle into the back of the repairman’s vehicle two days after the phone call, pulled out a gun and ordered the man to fall to the ground and put a knee on his back, according to prosecutors.
Aguirre received $ 266,400 to conduct the investigation by the Houston-based nonprofit Liberty Center for God and Country, whose CEO is Hotze, police said. The group says on its website that it protects and promotes the “inalienable and God-given constitutional rights and freedoms” of citizens.
Hotze, a Conservative power runner, unsuccessfully demanded to stop the extension of early voting in Texas for this year’s election. He also sued Harris County officials to limit voting in person and in absentia, making unsubstantiated allegations that Democrats were involved in the “ballot harvest” by collecting votes from homeless or elderly people.
The Texas Conservative activist allegedly sought federal support
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