It appears as if the 2020 election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona has yet to be resolved, especially in light of new developments that could once again thrust the county into the national spotlight.
According to the Washington Examiner, it was reported this week that Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) is now investigating whether or not the law was broken by Maricopa County executives who failed to comply with legislative subpoenas regarding the 2020 election audit.
Arizona Senate Majority Whip Sonny Borrelli (R), a high-profile supporter of the “Stop the Steal” movement, filed the complaint against Maricopa County, which in turn sparked the AG investigation.
What’s going on?
Borrelli’s formal complaint accused the county of failing “to comply with valid and enforceable legislative subpoenas,” with those subpoenas relating to the efforts to perform another audit of the 2020 election results in the county, which many, including former President Donald Trump, believed was rife with ballot fraud.
State Sen. Wendy Rogers (R), also a proponent of auditing the county’s election results, joined Borrelli in filing the complaint, the Examiner noted.
At the crux of the complaint was the refusal of Maricopa County election officials to turn over various ballot and voting equipment, along with network logins and access to routers used during the election.
A group of Republican members that make up the county election board, who have voiced their opposition to further audit attempts, were especially critical of the demands requested in the legislative subpoenas.
Jack Sellers, county chairman, wrote off the state Senate Republicans’ requests as an “attempt to distract attention from their botched audit and conspiracy-obsessed contractors.”
Was the law broken?
AG Brnovich’s office will now lead an investigation into whether or not refusing the requests made in the subpoenas was a violation of state law. If Brnovich’s investigation finds that no violation occurred, the matter will reportedly be put to rest.
However, if it’s discovered that the Maricopa County officials did, in fact, violate the law by refusing the subpoena requests, the county will have 30 days to comply with the original subpoenas, or risk forfeiting much-needed state-issued funds.
Arizona Republican Party chairwoman, State Sen. Kelli Ward, was thrilled with the announcement of the AG’s investigation, calling the efforts a “start.” She, along with several other high-ranking Arizona Senate Republicans, have been vocal in their insistence that the 2020 election results in Maricopa County were irregular.
Only time will tell if AG Brnovich determines Maricopa County election officials were wrong in refusing to comply with the subpoenas, but no matter what the outcome, it’s clear that this ordeal is far from over.