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HOUSTON – A former Houston police captain was arrested after allegedly driving a man on the street and threatening him at gunpoint – prosecutors say of a false conspiracy to commit widespread voter fraud in Harris County Was part of an elaborate effort to find evidence for the theory.
According to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Mark Aguirre, who was working on behalf of a powerful Republican megadonor group to investigate unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud in Harris County, was arrested on Tuesday.
Prosecutors say Aguirre’s claims were unfounded and were paid $ 266,400 by the Liberty Center for God and Country, headed by Texas right-wing activist Steven Hotze.
Hotes was among a group of Republicans who garnered nearly 127,000 Harris County ballots this year due to failure. Jose was also among the Republicans who tried – and failed – the village. To prevent Greg Abbott from dropping out of early voting during the coronovirus epidemic, a suit for which Aguirre gave an affidavit stating that he was involved in an “extensive-investigation”. And fraud voting voting scheme in Harris County ”.
Jared Woodfill, a spokeswoman for Hottage and a lawyer, confirmed that the Liberty Center hired the company headed by Aguirre to investigate the electoral fraud. The company contracted about 20 private investigators to work on fraudulent ballot claims in Harris County and other locations in Texas during the 2020 election. Woodfill said he knew of Aguirre’s arrest but had not heard of Aguirre’s story yet.
“[Hotze] Woodfill said not to direct or lead any investigation, instead Hotze said investigators needed to decide how to send suggestions and information to the team. ” [Liberty Center] Appointed the investigation team to look into the allegations. “
Aguirre told authorities that he believed he had threatened the air conditioner technician on October 19 – which he had surveyed for four days with the help of at least two other unknown people – whether he had alleged election fraud scheme K was the mastermind and fake ballots were being carried. Technician’s truck. He told police that he believed the technician had more than 750,000 fake ballots, according to an affidavit by a Houston police officer who responded to the incident.
“There were no ballots in the truck,” according to a Harris Truck District Attorney’s Office press release. “It was filled with air conditioning parts and equipment.”
Aguirre also told authorities that he and other unknown suspects had set up a “command post” at a Marriott hotel in Pearland for days prior to the incident. She declined to identify the other people she worked with, according to a Houston police report.
According to a court document describing the possible cause of the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Aguire raced his SUV into the back of a technician’s truck to stop and exit the man. According to the affidavit, he pointed a hand at the technician and forced him to land.
“We are lucky that no one died,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement. “His alleged investigation was backward from the start – first he was charged with a crime and then tried to prove it.”
Aguirre was arrested by Houston police on Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a deadly weapon with a prison sentence of up to 20 degrees.
Hotz is an active GOP donor and one of the most prevalent culture warriors on the right. She is a fierce opponent of same-sex marriage and was an unsuccessful push for the “bathroom bill” of 2017 in the Texas Legislature. This summer, he defamed Abbott’s chief of staff for telling him that George would shoot and kill those opposing the death in Floyd’s custody.