Rep. Rick Allen Shared ‘Wild’ Romanian YouTube Conspiracy Theories As He Challenged The 2020 Election

The congressman from Georgia also leaned on a state official during the runoff.
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Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA) is not one of the better-known figures in the extended universe of former President Trump’s political allies. However, based on text messages obtained by TPM, Allen is one of the members of Congress who worked most aggressively behind the scenes to reverse Trump’s loss in the 2020 election. Allen’s attempts to challenge the vote included passing unproven YouTube conspiracy videos from Romania to the White House and pressuring Georgia’s secretary of state. At least one of the paranoid election theories Allen texted to Meadows made its way directly to Trump.  

Allen’s communications appeared in the 2,319 text messages that Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, turned over to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack. TPM has obtained Meadows’ text log, which includes 27 messages he exchanged with Allen. Meadows and the select committee have not responded to multiple requests for comment. Allen and his office also did not respond to multiple requests for comment. 

Allen’s first appearance in the log came on Nov. 25, 2020, more than two weeks after the election was called for Joe Biden. In it, he told Meadows that he had a well-placed anonymous “source” who could prove there had been “fraud” in the vote.

Mark, this is Rick Allen. I just got of the phone with a high ranking government official and decorated JAG Officer. I know you are busy as we are in Georgia but he revealed some things to me that the President needs to know. The FBI and DOJ are slow walking these investigations into voter fraud in Georgia. I headed a delegation letter to the DOJ specifically asking for an investigation two weeks ago and we have heard nothing? My source confirmed that there is wide spread fraud in multiple states! Let me know a good time to talk, thanks!

Rick Allen

Officials at every level of government including Republicans and members of Trump’s own administration have confirmed there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Nevertheless, Meadows appeared receptive to Allen’s “source.” 

“Let me know if I need to travel to hear in person the concerns. I can go tomorrow,” Meadows wrote on Nov. 26. 

The texts Meadows provided to the committee are not necessarily a complete record of Allen’s correspondence with the chief of staff; however, the ones in the log show Allen was eager to overturn the election based on easily debunked, internet-fueled theories. For more information about the story behind the text log and our procedures for publishing the texts, read the introduction to this series

According to the text log, Allen continued to message Meadows about his source on the evening of Nov. 26 after the former White House chief proposed making the trip.

The source that is feeding my source some voter fraud information contacted me directly. They sent it to me and it is mostly Data breeches of drivers licenses in Georgia and Texas and probably all the swing states that can be used to commit voter fraud. I am going through it now. I am sure their office is overwhelmed with this type of information. It is wild stuff! Waiting to hear back from my source to set up a time to talk tomorrow. They may be out of town for the Holiday so best to handle by phone until I know something.

Rick Allen


Mark Meadows

Mark, just heard from my source. Something is up? He asked for a couple of days before he can talk at the highest level. I know time is short but I have the highest respect for this man and I am certain he wants to be prepared to talk at the appropriate time. It could be that higher ups at DOJ have engaged as well. From what I can tell so far looks like this is high tech and foreign governments in collusion with Democratic Party to guarantee Biden would win which explains that the President was hundreds of thousands of votes ahead until they figured out what they needed. As I said this is wild stuff! I will send you some of the intel that was sent to me. There is no way in Georgia that the down ballot out performed the President. In my District the President won by 17 points and I won by 18 in an R5 District. Tell the President to hang in there, so many are praying for God’s revelation and a miracle!

Rick Allen

Allen then passed along some links that appeared to be related to the information about “high tech and foreign governments in collusion with Democratic Party” from his supposed “source.” However, rather than secret government documents or credible analysis, Allen’s evidence was simply a pair of links. The first was a news story describing a data breach that occurred with driver’s license records in Georgia in 2005. Allen’s second “wild” link was a YouTube video from a Romanian organization. In that clip, an anti-vaccine activist interviewed a man who claimed to be an ex-intelligence operative. Without providing any hard evidence, the man said identities of “50 million” U.S. citizens were stolen via Ukraine in 2009 and 2018 to be used for voting in the 2020 election as part of a “$100 billion” plot involving illegal immigrants, blackmail and Romanian officials. 

It was an utterly fantastical scenario. The Romanian man in the clip had no explanation for how votes from roughly one-sixth of the total U.S. population would be fabricated without detection. But Allen seemed to find the wild scenario credible. He sent Meadows an annotation describing the claims in the YouTube clip.

Romanian illegal activity 3:40 � 50 million stolen us identities 7:37 � used by thiefs for online shopping, loans, election fraud, 8:24 � produce duplicate copies of driver licenses to commit election fraud 8:40 � to allow mail in voting from home 9:12 � emails, passwords and all the data from your phone or laptop..and they will use these data in the election process without you realizing. 10:18 �Planning this since 2009 10:48 �100,000 Ukrainian illegally into the USA and “mules” to blackmail 1m US citizens to vote 13:40 �defrauding 50m US citizens over $100B over past 11 years 15:30 �received a second set of data in 2018 15:50 �consequences of Trump reelection

Rick Allen

Allen also seemed to believe the information was being suppressed by Silicon Valley.

“I just got a notice from You Tube that they have closed me out, I was told that that the video I just sent you would be taken down? It disappeared? What is going on?” Allen asked Meadows in a follow-up message. 

Allen’s concern that the video would be removed appears to have been unfounded. As of this writing, the Romanian clip is still online at the link Allen sent to Meadows. 

The log includes another spate of messages from Allen and Meadows dated Jan. 5, 2021, the day before the election was due to be certified in Congress. That was also the day Georgia was holding a runoff election for its two Senate seats. In the messages, Allen indicated he was forwarding along a series of texts he exchanged with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. 

Georgia was a major focus for Trump and his allies in the aftermath of the election. Trump’s efforts to overturn the vote there included calls where he leaned on Raffensperger and one of the secretary of state’s lead investigators tasked with reviewing the results. Based on the text log, Allen complained that there were issues with multiple voting machines for the runoff. He suggested Trump would be able to use this to fuel attacks on Raffensperger over the presidential result.

“Bottom line Dominion machines down in multiple polling precincts in Columbia County my Republican Strong Hold. This should give the President the Ammo he needs to go after Raffensperger,” Allen wrote. 

Dominion, an election software company, has been the focus of many debunked right-wing conspiracy theories related to the 2020 race. The company has filed multiple defamation suits related to the claims. Based on the message forwarded to Meadows, Allen told Raffensperger he blamed him for Dominion. 

Brad, just called you, my constituents in Columbia County are furious. Scanners are down in at minimum of 3 locations. People are waiting in line to vote but are going to have to leave and go to work. This is voter suppression in a Republican stronghold and I am holding you responsible, Dominion has to go, I have had it with this incompetence! Rick  

Rick Allen

Allen passed Meadows a message from Raffensperger indicating he was “already working” on the issue. Problems with the machines in Columbia County did not prevent anyone from voting. People were given paper ballots while the problems were being resolved. The machines were back online by 10 a.m. 

Meadows thanked Allen for forwarding the texts, which apparently made their way to Trump. The former president tweeted about the issue and thanked Allen for highlighting it:

“Reports are coming out of the 12th Congressional District of Georgia that Dominion Machines are not working in certain Republican Strongholds for over an hour,” Trump wrote. “Ballots are being left in lock boxes, hopefully they count them. Thank you Congressman @RickAllen

Trump’s post drew a rebuke from an official in Raffensperger’s office who noted the problem was “resolved hours ago” and assured “the votes of everyone will be protected and counted.” 

“Sorry you received old intel Mr. President,” the official wrote. 

After Jan. 5, there is one more text from Allen to Meadows in the log. It came on Jan. 8, 2021, two days after the violence at the U.S. Capitol. Allen felt Trump needed prayers for the looming “Spiritual War.”

Mark, please know that I have prayed for President Trump, his family, for you and the entire Administration. Our Nation is at war, it is a Spiritual War at the highest level. This is not a war that can be fought conventionally, this is God’s battle and He has used President Trump in a powerful way to expose the deceit, lies and hypocrisy of the enemy. The Trump family and all of us have paid a heavy price to be used by the Father but the War is just beginning. We have had a major set back and people are taking sides, and my plea to my fellow believers who want to cut and run is judge not less you be judged, we have all fallen short of the Glory of Almighty God. What I heard during my prayers is the Trump family and the Administration need to be surrounded by those great Pastors and Evangelicals who have snd continue to love and support them. President Trump need to be ministered to, he needs the love that only Jesus Christ offers! This is his opportunity to confess that he can no longer fight this battle alone, he must give it to Christ and Gid almighty will show him the way to victory. I will continue to pray for all of you, please let me know how I can help??

Rick Allen

Meadows responded a minute later with an appreciative note for Allen.

“God bless you,” Meadows wrote. 

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Notable Replies

  1. Of course he did. The game is “say anything and have our hand-picked FedSoC judicial moles credit it, no matter how batshit and unsupported/able it is.”

  2. Wake me when just one of these fucks gets hard time.

  3. Not sure what’s funnier – that Allen actually tried to get TFG to accept Jesus as part of overthrowing the election, or the idea of “data breeches.”

    Pictured: Actual Rick Allen wearing a pair of data breeches

  4. The thing that really jumps out at me from these texts is that Republicans are stupid and highly gullible. It’s frightening that they keep getting actual power.

  5. This is far worse than most of us thought, going into the 2020 election. This is not commonly associated with advanced nations with Democratic norms and values.

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