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
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
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
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."