One of the Trump campaign’s key witnesses at a hearing about alleged voter fraud before the Michigan legislature just got off probation for an unspecified “computer crime,” the Daily Mail and the UK Independent reports.
Mellissa Carone, a former contractor for Dominion Voting Systems, went before the Michigan House Oversight Committee on Wednesday and claimed, without evidence, that she witnessed a host of election misconduct at a Detroit counting center.
Still not convinced this isn’t a SNL character. (A judge previously declared this Trump supporter /freelance contract IT worker’s testimony “simply not credible.”) pic.twitter.com/ptsN665A0T
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) December 1, 2020
According to the Mail, Carone, 33, was sentenced last September to 12 months of probation for an as-yet-unreported incident in 2018, which court documents refer to as “disorderly circumstances warranting alarm” and “computers-using to commit a crime.”
NEW: Trump campaign’s star witness, Mellissa Carone, was on probation for a year for committing a computer crime court records reveal. pic.twitter.com/ClhgdcsM5M
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) December 3, 2020
The vocal Trump supporter who attended “Stop the Steal” protests, claimed in her bizarre testimony that tens of thousands of extra votes were smuggled in, voting records were off by 30,000, and “dead people” and “illegals” had voted.
“Everything that happened at that TCF Center was fraud,” she said, when appearing on December 2 in front of a Michigan House oversight committee. “Every single thing.”
“I have 19 things in my affidavit. I was at the TCF Center for 27 hours. I am a mother, I have two children, and I have two degrees,” Carone said in a video that was shared by President Trump on Twitter. “I don’t know any woman in the world that would write an affidavit under oath just to write it. You can go to prison for this. So anyways, I want to make this very clear. My, I was initially supposed to work at the Detroit Department of Elections building. That was an order by my manager … part-owner of Dominion. I have it all in emails. … I was trained on the adjudication and tabulation process. … I know for a fact there was illegal activity going on there. People have pictures of people carrying ballots out of that place.”
She frequently talked over lawmakers during her oftentimes belligerent testimony—with the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani at one point audibly shushing her.
Even before the testimony, there were questions about her reliability. On November 13, a Michigan judge hearing Carone’s claims said they “simply are not credible.”