Schuylkill County’s representative in the Pennsylvania Senate spent a considerable amount of time in the national spotlight Wednesday.
Sen. Dave Argall, who represents the 29th District in the State Senate, chaired a hearing of the Senate Majority Policy Committee from the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg. This hearing garnered the attention it did not just because of what it covered – alleged election fraud in the November General Election – but who attended.
Argall Chairs Pennsylvania Senate Committee Hearing on 2020 Election Fraud Featuring Rudy Giuliani and President Trump
Appearing before the Senate committee was former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, who make up the leads of the legal team representing President Donald Trump in his fight to win the 2020 Election. They were joined by numerous data experts and witnesses from across Pennsylvania who either spotted irregularities in the voting data or told their personal stories of problems with their ballot or experience at a polling location.
And there was one other person in attendance, too … President Trump.
“Do we have one other witness,” Argall asked after the committee heard from several witnesses via Zoom calls who shared their Election Day horror stories from Pennsylvania.
Reports prior to Wednesday’s hearing suggested Trump might appear in person at the hearing. But that was scrubbed and instead, the President called in to Ellis’ phone and Trump comments were played over a microphone in the room. The President actually deferred until all the witnesses on the Zoom call were finished before speaking. As Ellis told Trump that he was connected and begin speaking, a roar from those from the public attending the hearing erupted in the room.
“This was an election that we won easily,” Trump said. “We won it by a lot. This election was rigged and we can’t let that happen. This election has to be turned around.”
Trump called all those who testified at the hearing on Wednesday “great patriots.”
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“One for the record books.”
The Canary contacted Argall shortly after the lengthy hearing Wednesday to get his take on the day’s proceedings.
Argall called the policy committee meeting at the request of Sen. Doug Mastriano, who represents the 33rd District. While Mastriano appeared to be the director of Wednesday’s hearing, keenly aware of who was speaking and when, it was Argall, as Chair, who assumed the role of host and kept the show rolling.
“I never would have predicted it 2 years ago,” Argall said about the hearing on Wednesday.
And as far as the President calling in to the committee, Argall said, “That was one for the record books.”
Earlier, during the hearing after Trump got off the phone, said the President’s call could make the gathering on Wednesday the “most important public hearing” in Pennsylvania history.
Wednesday’s hearing wasn’t barely even covered by any of the mainstream news networks and didn’t get much “ink” in the print and digital media either. Why would they cover a lengthy hearing with witnesses – the people for whom they serve as watchdog and check against the government – when it’s just easier to say “all they discussed were baseless claims of widespread voter fraud”?
And while it wasn’t covered by much of the media, the media still tried to even discredit the hearing overall. Some even suggested it wasn’t an official hearing of the Pennsylvania Senate.
Argall assured us that it definitely was an official public hearing of the Senate Majority Policy Committee. No, the setting wasn’t some place formal in the Capitol in Harrisburg but Argall says meetings like this are happening more and more.
“When legislators sit at a table and take testimony from witnesses,” he said, “I don’t know what else you would call it.”
Focus on Future Elections
Now, while much of the testimony delivered on Wednesday was compelling as it relates to possible election fraud in Pennsylvania during the 2020 General Election, the aim of Wednesday’s hearing was to look forward to future elections.
Argall said the committee wanted to start the conversation on creating legislation that would prevent the sorts of irregularities that occurred this year. The Senator did reiterate his desire to have Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar resign for her actions prior to and after the election.
The one main reason he demands her resignation is the last-minute rules changes that go against the Pennsylvania Constitution.
He said this hearing and future hearings need to happen because his constituents – including voters of Schuylkill County – haven’t stopped talking about what happened. Argall said his office has received more than 25,000 phone calls and emails regarding the 2020 election since Election Day.
“We have received more contacts from constituents than I have seen in my life,” he said. “I can’t walk my dog without someone talking to me about this election.”
Now, that’s the long term. About the short term, Argall admits his committee is probably not going to have an impact on the 2020 election results now.
“In the near term, most of the action is going to happen in the courtroom,” he said.
Argall added that he had no reason to doubt that any of the witnesses at Wednesday’s hearing were telling the truth but he said it was “too soon to say” if he believes what happened in this election cycle and the case the Trump team is making can overturn the projected election results that make Joe Biden the next President.
Watch the Full Hearing
You can watch the full Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee Hearing via Right Side Broadcasting Network below:
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