Jason Dunn, a Trump-appointed U.S. attorney in Colorado, was alarmed by the unfounded election fraud rhetoric from the former president’s 2020 campaign, especially when it comes to false allegations of irregularities about Denver’s Dominion voting systems.
“Any candidate has the right to pursue appeals in the legal system,” Dunn told the Colorado Sun last week.
But after “dozens and dozens of courts dismissed these appeals” from Donald Trump’s election attorneys, including them Coloradan Jenna Ellis“The speech has become worrisome.”
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Dunn, who is stepping down, said: “I became particularly anxious when it came to the point where members of the public were attacking a company in Colorado, Dominion Voting, which did everything right and provided excellent election security across the country. Run February 28 To make room for replacement Chosen by President Joe Biden. “It got to the point where Dominion employees were threatened with violence and harm.”
Dunn’s comments are noteworthy as he is not the only Trump Justice Department member to have raised or raised serious concerns over unfounded allegations that the 2020 presidential election results were fraudulent. Byung J. BJ Buck, the Trump-appointed attorney general for the Northern District of Georgia, Suddenly resigned after the election Amid Trump questioning the results of that state.
Dunn, a former conservative election attorney, said he had never considered resigning, however Share stories on Twitter Disputed allegations of election fraud are widespread in an effort to combat misinformation.
Also, though Some Republicans in the state With the Colorado election results in question, Dunn says he is confident that there are no major irregularities that would alter the outcome of any races.
He said: “For anyone to claim that there was any question about the results in Colorado, that is not really being forthcoming with the public.”
As for Dominion, he trusts them too.
“I haven’t seen any evidence of any credibility that their systems being used across the country did anything other than what they were supposed to do,” Dan said. “I know for a fact that the FBI has looked at some reports about questions about their devices and nothing suspicious has been found.”
The Sun also spoke to Dunn about his tenure as the top federal prosecutor in Colorado, a position he has held since being confirmed by the US Senate in October 2018. Here’s what we learned:
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Dan’s office played a large role in helping to prosecute Colorado residents who traveled to Washington, D.C. and entered the U.S. Capitol on January 6 during the fatal riots there.
Dunn said that the Denver division of the FBI was helping to arrest people linked to the riots, and his office then administered domestic detention hearings before handing cases over to federal prosecutors in Washington, DC.
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“There is more to come, for sure,” Dunn said, but declined to say how many people from Colorado would be arrested.
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In the aftermath of the deadly 2015 attack on a family planning clinic in Colorado Springs, federal prosecutors refused to press charges against recognized gunman Robert Lewis Deere Jr.
Deere was already facing dozens of charges in state court for killing three people, including a University of Colorado Springs police department officer, and wounding many others.
But by the time Dan became a US attorney, the case against Dere had been halted for years due to the killer’s incompetence at trial.
“I was actually speaking at a law enforcement memorial shortly after taking the position, and Rachel Swase, widow of Police Officer Garrett Soacy, said, ‘You have to help us. We can’t make any progress and it feels like we’re in purgatory because the issue is pending.
That conversation prompted him to pursue federal charges against Dare, whose cases in the state and federal court systems remain pending.
Dunn says he hopes the federal issue will eventually be resolved, even if that decision is still a long way off. “I don’t think it will be anything soon, but I don’t think it will continue as it has been in the state process. We’ve made some progress recently,” he said.
Coronavirus has posed major challenges to federal prosecutors in Colorado
Just like most employers, Dan’s office had to scramble to adapt when the coronavirus crisis reached the United States last year. This followed the longest federal government shutdown in the nation’s history between December 2018 and January 2019, which also tested federal prosecutors in Colorado.
“It was perhaps the most challenging jurisdiction in the United States in the history of the office,” he said. “Through it all, our office people have performed extremely well.”
The US Department of Justice frowns on employees who work from home, which has made the pandemic particularly difficult for Dan’s office to deal with. Out-of-office printing, for example, is prohibited by agency policy.
“We had all kinds of employees who didn’t have ways to communicate, so we had to buy 60 iPhones,” said Dunn.
Dan made tackling the opioid epidemic a focus
Dunn says one of his biggest focus during his tenure as an American attorney was tackling the opioid epidemic, and the synthetic opioid fentanyl in particular.
Fentanyl, which is said to be a hundred times stronger than morphine, has led to a high death rate from overdose in Colorado in recent years. To catch people selling drugs, Dunn said his office routinely sues accusations of distributing drugs that led to his death.
“The great thing about it is we can go to someone and say, ‘Look, I distributed drugs to this person. I told them it was an oxycodone pill that you stole from your doctor and actually got it from a higher-ranking drug dealer and you knew it was actually just fentanyl and they died. “ We can overdose on you that results in death and get a mandatory 20-year sentence minimum or you can tell us where you got it from, ” Dunn said.
This “tool,” as Dunn calls it, allowed his office to send a letter to drug dealers and pursue charges against criminal networks.
“We can use that hammer along the chain,” he said.
Colorado is “not immune to the threat” of Chinese espionage
One of the biggest threats facing Colorado under the federal law enforcement authority is foreign, not domestic, Dunn said.
“People think, is there Chinese espionage here in Colorado?” Said Dunn. “There. It is one of the biggest threats to the US economy over the next decade.”
Colorado is a target due to higher education institutions, technology companies, the aviation sector and the defense industry.
When asked whether any of the corporations or businesses in Colorado have been affected by the Chinese spying, Dunn said, “I cannot talk about specific details, but I will say that Colorado is not immune to the threat.”