A Texas judge slammed Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for parading on television over the weekend to announce that his party to host an audit of the 2020 election while election officials had no idea of such plans.
According to DFW’s CBS, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins blasted Abbott on Monday, saying, “Trump demanded it, he caved in minutes later.”
Jenkins noted that he also reached out to the Secretary of State’s office, and, no one seems to know what the next steps are, what the plan will be, or when things will move forward.
“They weren’t able to tell us anything as far as what they wanted,” Jenkins said, according to the station.
Bruce Sherbet, the Collin County Elections Administrator, also made it clear that they have no idea what’s going on.
“Collin County has not been updated on the schedule or processes for the audit yet but we are prepared to assist the state in any way needed,” Sherbet said in a statement.
Similarly, Republican Tarrant County judge, Glen Whitley, said that he was shocked he hadn’t heard anything about it until Abbott mentioned it on television Sunday.
“The Secretary of State’s office just said, we’ll get back to you. We’re in the middle of the plan. And when you know, when we have more details, we’ll get back with you. At the same time, we welcome the opportunity to assist and do whatever we can we feel comfortable with the election,” he said.
Former President Donald Trump has been pushing the Texas audit to continue to undermine confidence in the Texas election and justify the voter suppression laws passed.
Arizona’s Republican election audit ultimately found that Trump lost the state by 300-plus more votes than originally thought. It’s unclear if Texas will similarly show Trump got fewer votes than anticipated in 2020.
Read the full report at CBS DFW.