Last Updated on February 17, 2022
The Arizona Legislature has voted to revoke the election-related lawsuit authority of Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who has been desperately trying to delegitimize the results of the forensic audit ahead of its preliminary results. The authority would be transferred to the state’s Attorney General if approved by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.
The Arizona State Legislature has voted to revoke highly partisan Democrat Katie Hobbs’ authority in election related lawsuits, as she has been frantically trying to delegitimize the results of the forensic audit of the 2020 election in Arizona ahead of the release of its preliminary results.
The Cyber Ninjas are frauds. https://t.co/KmDuGSjHuk
— Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) June 27, 2021
The election lawsuit authority would be transferred to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who argues that Hobbs would not properly defend the state against election related lawsuits filed by Democrats, according to reports. Hobbs has been vocally opposed to the audit, which she nicknamed “fraudit,” and has been pushing baseless conspiracy theories in attempt to criticize the audit itself, as well the group Cyber Ninjas, the highly respected cybersecurity firm tasked with conducting the audit. Hobbs referred to the vote as “egregious,” complaining that Arizona Republicans were “weaponizing the process to take retribution against my office.”
They detect your fraud. https://t.co/iBS1tgBSVw
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) June 27, 2021
As the audit was nearing its completion, Biden administration Attorney General Merrick Garland recently announced that the Department of Justice would “scrutinize” post-election “audits to ensure they abide by federal statutory requirements to protect election records and avoid intimidation of voter,” drawing stern responses from Brnovich and Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers. Brnovich issued a letter to Garland accusing the Attorney General of displaying an “alarming disdain for state sovereignty,” adding that Arizona will not “tolerate any effort to undermine or interfere with our State Senate’s audit to reassure Arizonans of the accuracy of our elections.” Garland has since then made no announcements suggesting that the DOJ would scrutinize the 2020 Presidential election results in the same manner as they would with the audits. (READ MORE: ARIZONA: Attorney General Brnovich Slams Merrick Garland’s Threat To Involve Feds In Audit)
“If Attorney General Merrick Garland thinks he has a right to our ballots and machines he should go to court. If he uses force when multiple courts have already authorized this audit he will be in violation of the law,” Rogers said in a tweet. In seperate tweet Rogers warned Garland not to touch “Arizona ballots or machines,” unless he wants to “spend time in an Arizona prison.”
As mainstream media outlets and Democrats insist that no fraud occurred during the 2020 Presidential election in Arizona, National File Senior Reporter Patrick Howley reported that several hundred thousand votes that were counted in Maricopa County are associated with missing ballots.
“We found a ballot shortage, anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of the votes,” Josh Barnett, an audit organizer who led the affidavit drive to make the audit happen, tells NATIONAL FILE. “It looks like a couple hundred thousand ballots are unaccounted for. The ballots are missing.”
Additionally, President Donald Trump has repeatedly pointed out reports indicating that ballot batches were off by up to 17.5 percent in Maricopa County, adding that Joe Biden ‘likely did not win’ the state. (READ MORE: BREAKING: Trump Responds To 17.5% Ballot Discrepancy In Arizona, Claim That Biden Likely ‘Did Not Win’ The State)
The forensic audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, Arizona has since concluded. Full results will be provided to the Arizona Senate, with a preliminary report potentially arriving as early as June 28, as National File reported on June 26.