The Arizona Audit of Maricopa County for the 2020 presidential election began April 23rd at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The audit consists “of a recount of 2.1 million ballots cast, a forensic audit of the voting machines, and follow-up interviews with voters. Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based firm, was hired to lead the audit” reports the Washington Examiner.
However, Maricopa County Officials would not give over routers to the audit team that was subpoenaed by the state Senate, citing “security” concerns. Deputy County Attorney Joseph La Rue sent a letter last week to Ken Bennett, a former Republican secretary of state in Arizona who is serving as the Republican-led state Senate’s audit liaison.
In the letter, La Rue said the county “cannot at this time provide the virtual images of routers” to the auditors because of “a significant security risk to law enforcement data utilized by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office as well as numerous federal agencies.”
The letter continued, “we had previously believed that the risk would be eliminated by redacting the law enforcement data on the routers and not producing it…But we were informed that redaction did not eliminate the risk. We also learned that if criminal elements or others gained access to this fata, it might compromise county and federal law enforcement efforts and put the lives of law enforcement personnel at risk.”
County spokesman Fields Moseley told the Washington Examiner it was county IT professionals who made the determination because information in the routers “can be used as blueprints to intercept sensitive county data” across more than 50 departments.
“The routers the Senate subpoena commanded the county produce support all of these departments, not just elections operations. This includes critical law enforcement data that, by law, cannot be disclosed, as well as Maricopa County residents protected health information and full social security numbers” said Moseley.
In an interview with Just the News, Bennett rejected the letter’s notion, stating subpoenas requested “access or control of all routers and tabulators…used in connection with the administration of the 2020 election” as well as “the public IP of the [routers]” stating “I don’t know why the routers in a tabulation and election center have anything to do with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office or numerous federal agencies.”
Arizona Senate Still Battling Maricopa County For Election Integrity
A simple solution in determining if there were any issues in Maricopa County, AZ during the 2020 presidential election would be to grant the Arizona Senate access to the ballots and the machines in order to conduct a forensic audit. Unfortunately, the Maricopa County board will not grant access to the necessary election equipment, claiming the materials are privileged.
Should a court side with the county, an Arizona Senate committee has come up with a backup plan: a proposal which states election equipment and ballots are not protected, which would enable the legislature to issue a subpoena.
The Republican-controlled county board has been fighting the Senate’s effort to get access to ballots and election machines since mid-December under a subpoena issued by lawmakers who have questioned President Joe Biden’s win in the state. The board maintains the ballots are secret under law and the state constitution and tabulation machines can’t be compromised by allowing uncertified people to examine them.
The board handed over reams of materials and is doing two audits of their own on the machines to ensure they accurately counted ballots and weren’t hacked.
The Senate fell one vote short of finding the board in contempt on Monday, just days after the county board asked a judge to quash the subpoenas.
Republican Senator Warren Peterson, who recently became chairman of the Judiciary Committee says the new proposal is an “insurance policy” should a judge rule against the Senate.
“They continue to hold the position that we don’t have the authority to investigate and audit the ballots and in this case the equipment,” Peterson said Tuesday. “So this makes clear what we already believe is the law.”
Charlie Kirk sat down with Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar yesterday and discussed the election results in the state and the ongoing audit efforts. Gosar believes there may be a 2-3 percent error rate in the counting of ballots in his state.
Biden DOJ ‘Going to Get Involved’ In Arizona Election Audit
An Arizona elections expert and ABC 15 reporter Garrett Archer broke the news on Wednesday evening that the Biden Department of Justice will be getting involved in the Arizona election audit. Archer tweeted “source at the county says DOJ is going to get involved in some capacity with the #azaudit. #azauditpool.”
Becker News reports:
The report follows upon a big development in the election tonight: A lawsuit settlement is stripping the signature verification process from the forensic audit, all but rendering the audit moot.
“After a lengthy lawsuit that saw the Democrats achieve few victories in their goal of stopping the audit of the 2020 ballots in Maricopa County, Arizona, they have reached a settlement with the firm involved in the audit and the Senate Republicans that will see the firm, Cyber Ninjas, cease verifying the signatures on early voting envelopes with the signatures on file from the voter,” the National File reported.
“With only 9 days left to go before the audit is set to be completed, signature verification will cease immediately,” the report continued.
Last week former President Trump said of the audit being allowed to continue after a judge declined to enforce a temporary restraining order, “Over 100 Democrat lawyers were sent to fight against this audit. The results will be very interesting for the USA and the World to see!”
“Why are the Democrats fighting so hard to hide the facts? I know why, and so does everyone else” added Trump.
Becker News continues:
The Department of Justice may also soon be involved ‘hiding the facts’ of the 2020 election. The DOJ’s intervention in the Arizona election audit would be an unsurprising development, despite it being constitutionally questionable to intervene in a state election process.
The Biden administration has consistently shown hostility to election integrity laws, such as those passed in Georgia and Texas. In March, Biden called the Georgia election law “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “a blatant attack on the Constitution.”
It appears that the Department of Justice may be standing at the ready to conduct an actual “attack on the Constitution.” American citizens are no longer surprised.