Multiple Arizona Republicans are speaking out after Biden administration Attorney General Merrick Garland warned that the Justice Department will scrutinize any post-election audits “to ensure they abide by federal statutory requirements to protect election records and avoid the intimidation of voters” and will “publish guidance” to protect early voting and mail in voting.
“These guys are a clown show,” wrote Arizona Rep. Mark Finchem, who is now running for Arizona Secretary of State. “They want to intrude in an area that is exclusively state’s jurisdiction to manage” but “They couldn’t be bothered when we called on them for action before the audit.” Finchem added, “Maybe AG Garland would like to engage in the prosecutions that should arise from quite possibly the biggest racketeering case in American history?” (READ MORE: Merrick Garland Says Antifa Attacks On Federal Courthouses Aren’t Domestic Terrorism Because They Happen At Night)
These guys are a clown show – they want to intrude in an area that is exclusively state’s jurisdiction to manage. They couldn’t be bothered when we called on them for action before the audit. (1/4) https://t.co/3y3M5zGC74
— Mark Finchem for AZ Secretary of State (@RealMarkFinchem) June 12, 2021
Arizona Rep. Wendy Rogers also responded forcefully, “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 added, “Lawless thugs is all they will be!”
In another tweet responding to a video of Garland’s statement, Rogers wrote, “You will not touch Arizona ballots or machines unless you want to spend time in an Arizona prison. Maybe you should focus on stopping terrorism. The Justice Department is one of the most corrupt institutions in the USA.”
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. Lawless thugs is all they will be!
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) June 11, 2021
Josh Barnett, who ran for U.S. House in Arizona in 2020 and has alleged voter fraud since November 3, wrote, “#WeThePeople will not allow [the Department of Justice] to touch our forensic audit. All political power is inherent in the PEOPLE.” Barnett added, “The people hold all the power, not a legislator. AZ Constitution Art 2, Sec 2. Interfere with the people’s business, then [you’re] breaking your Oath to the people you work for.” (READ MORE: Biden AG Pick Merrick Garland, Failed SCOTUS Nominee, Has Obsessed About Seizing Firearms For Decades)
In another tweet, Barnett wrote, that the Department of Justice “has NO jurisdiction and CANNOT interfere in the forensic audit investigation in Maricopa County!” He added, “While you are here why don’t you do something about the 100s of thousands of illegals pouring into our country every month!”
Would not let me tweet it so I screenshot it pic.twitter.com/R6tss3y5am
— Josh Barnett for Congress (AZ-06) (@BarnettforAZ) June 12, 2021
A growing number of states have now sent delegations to observe the Arizona Audit, and some pundits predict Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, Michigan, and Virginia may launch their own audits, using the Arizona Audit as a model. Yesterday alone, a total of 9 states toured the Maricopa County audit floor.