An audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, has drawn widespread media coverage for its attention on the results of November’s presidential election.
In response to the efforts thus far, one state Senate leader has issued a statement calling attention to a trio of concerns she has about how the election was conducted.
“After the subpoena to produce the information”
President Donald Trump released a statement of his own, weighing in on the “devastating letter” by Republican Arizona Senate President Karen Fann.
He wrote that she called out “voting irregularities, and probably fraud, in Maricopa County during the 2020 Presidential Election,” specifically citing the allegation that “the database was illegally deleted after the subpoena to produce the information.”
The former president and his top allies have faced criticism for several months for claiming fraud was a major factor in the election. Now, Fann seems to be contributing to their narrative with evidence of apparent irregularities that raise additional concerns.
In her letter, the Republican state lawmaker demanded the Maricopa Board of Supervisors address her concerns.
Specifically, she cited “three serious issues that have arisen in the course of the Senate’s ongoing audit of the returns of the November 3, 2020 general election in Maricopa County.”
“I demand an immediate retraction”
Fann mentioned alleged non-compliance with legislative subpoenas, chain-of-custody anomalies, and deleted databases as the three areas of concern.
“Senate President Fann has invited Maricopa County officials to a public hearing on May 18 to allow them the opportunity to try to explain what happened to the missing databases, ballots, and other significant issues,” Trump continued. “The Fake News and Lamestream Media is doing everything they can not to cover this major story. They just refuse to talk or report about it. They don’t want the United States or World to see what is going on with our corrupt, third world election.”
According to Fann’s allegations, someone might be responsible for destroying crucial records even after a subpoena was issued for their release, and getting to the bottom of the controversy is seen by many Republicans as a clear priority.
If Republicans uncover proof of election tampering, it could prompt further investigations across the nation into the results of the recent election. It would also mean that Trump’s critics would owe him and his supporters an apology.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sellers, however, remains adamant that officials did nothing wrong, declaring: “After reviewing the letter with county election and IT experts, I can say the allegations are false and ill-informed. Moreover, the claim that our employees deleted election files and destroyed evidence is outrageous, completely baseless and beneath the dignity of the Arizona Senate. I demand an immediate retraction of any public statements made to the news media and spread via Twitter.”