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AZ Sen. Issues Subpoena for Vote Audit 07/27 15:06

   

   PHOENIX (AP) -- Two top Republicans in the Arizona Senate issued two new 
subpoenas late Monday for materials from the 2020 election as they look to 
continue their unprecedented review of former President Donald Trump's loss in 
Maricopa County.

   The subpoenas issued by Senate President Karen Fann and Judiciary Committee 
Chairman Warren Petersen set up a new confrontation with the Republican leaders 
of Maricopa County, who have vowed to stop producing materials for the Senate's 
review. They say the review is being run by incompetent grifters, and they've 
already provided everything needed to review the 2020 vote count.

   Fann and Petersen also, for the first time, sent a subpoena to Dominion 
Voting Systems Inc., which manufactured Maricopa County's voting machines and 
has been the target of false conspiracy theories suggesting its machines were 
tainted by foreign interference.

   The new demands come days after Trump spoke to thousands of supporters in 
downtown Phoenix, using the Senate's review to make a number of debunked claims 
to bolster his false narrative that President Joe Biden's victory was 
illegitimate.

   Fann first issued a subpoena late last year as Trump and his allies were 
looking for materials to support their false claims of election irregularities 
before President Joe Biden's victory was formally certified on Jan. 6. The 
subpoena was reissued early this year, and after a judge ruled it was valid, 
Maricopa County turned over 2.1 million ballots, hundreds of counting machines 
and terabytes worth of data.

   The materials were given to contractors hired by Fann for a sweeping audit 
of the election, which Trump narrowly lost.

   Fann says her goal is not to overturn the 2020 election but to see whether 
changes to state law are needed going forward. But the audit is being led by an 
inexperienced firm, Cyber Ninjas, led by a Trump supporter who has promoted 
conspiracy theories about the election. It's become an obsession for many Trump 
supporters who hope it will turn up evidence supporting claims of fraud.

   The latest subpoena demands that the county turn over the envelopes from all 
mail-in ballots or images of them, network routers and traffic logs, detailed 
voter registration records with change histories, and records related security 
breaches of election systems.

   Fann and Petersen are also demanding that Dominion give their contractors 
administrator-level access to all tabulators used in Maricopa County.

   The auditors have fought for months to get ahold of security tokens needed 
to access internal configurations of precinct-based tabulators. Dominion has 
refused to provide that access, saying it will only cooperate with companies 
certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

   "Releasing Dominion's intellectual property to an unaccredited, biased, and 
plainly unreliable actor such as Cyber Ninjas would be reckless, causing 
irreparable damage to the commercial interests of the company and the election 
security interests of the country," said a statement from the company issued in 
May. "No company should be compelled to participate in such an irresponsible 
act."

   Dominion did cooperate with two accredited firms hired by the county earlier 
this year, both of which found no problems with the election.

   Fields Moseley, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, 
said the board will review the supboena with its lawyers and respond in the 
coming days. He said the county "has already provided everything competent 
auditors would need to confirm the accuracy and security of the 2020 election."

   The new subpoenas are not likely to resolve the impasse, and the Senate may 
struggle to enforce them. Fann does not have the power on her own to hold 
county officials in contempt if they ignore the demand for documents. The 
Senate is not in session, and Fann lacks the 16 votes she'd need to hold 
officials in contempt, which would open the door for their arrest.

   Republican Sen. Paul Boyer, who along with all Democrats voted against 
holding county officials in contempt earlier this year, has not backed down. 
He's called the Senate's contractors inexperienced and partisan, and he said 
the audit has become an embarrassment for the Republican Party.

   And Republican Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita on Saturday said she can no-longer 
support "the Trump audit."

   "I wanted to review our election processes and see what, if anything, could 
be improved," Ugenti-Rita wrote on Twitter. "Sadly, it's now become clear that 
the audit has been botched."

 
 
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