World: GOP Election Analyst 'Aghast' at Arizona Audit as State Senator Threatens U.S. Attorney General

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Meanwhile, a Republican state senator threatened to imprison Attorney General Merrick Garland after he announced that the Justice Department would scrutinize any post- election audits to ensure they comply with voting laws. The audit of Maricopa County’ s 2.1 million ballots has been widely “I’m just aghast at what is happening in the coliseum,” Benny White, a GOP election analyst who has been involved in audits in Wisconsin, Maryland and Arizona , told local ABC affiliate channel 15. “They’re trying to create a completely new record. Then I suppose they were going to present that and say

Arizona state Senate Republicans’ auditors announced they’d found data they’d accused the county of deleting on Tuesday. Auditors working on behalf of state Senate Republicans admitted Tuesday that data it had accused Maricopa County of deleting had been found. A contractor working for CyberNinjas, which was hired by the Arizona State Senate , works to recount Maricopa County ballots from the 2020 general election at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 1 in Phoenix.Courtney Pedroza / Getty Images file.

A Republican election analyst who voted for former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election said he's "just aghast" at the way the GOP-backed election audit in Arizona's Maricopa County has moved forward. Meanwhile, a Republican state senator threatened to imprison Attorney General Merrick Garland after he announced that the Justice Department would scrutinize any post-election audits to ensure they comply with voting laws.

a group of people that are talking to each other: A Republican election analyst said he's © Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images A Republican election analyst said he's "aghast" at the way the audit of Arizona's Maricopa County's ballots has moved forward. In this photo, contractors working for Cyber Ninjas, which was hired by the Arizona State Senate, examine and recount ballots from the 2020 general election at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 1 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The audit of Maricopa County's 2.1 million ballots has been widely criticized, including by a number of Republicans. Arizona's Republican state Senate President Karen Fann and fellow state GOP lawmakers pushed forward the audit based on former President Donald Trump's baseless claims that the 2020 election was "rigged" or "stolen" by President Joe Biden and the Democrats.

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  Maricopa Recount Half Completed as Right-Wing Outlets Spread Fraud Fears Ten of most popular online articles about the Arizona audit have come from right-wing media outlets, many of which claim that Trump was the rightful winner of the 2020 election. In this November 5, 2020 photo, votes are counted by staff at the Maricopa County Elections Department office on in Phoenix, Arizona. However, a recent study of social media engagement found that the 10 most popular online articles about the audit have come from right-wing media outlets. Many of the right-wing outlets have also repeated the baseless claim that election fraud kept Republican former President Donald Trump from rightfully winning.

The state Senate audit of the Maricopa County, Arizona , 2020 presidential election results has taken, so far, months, and the first stunning numbers were released on Thursday. The county first refused to provide access to voting machines, and still refuses access to the routers that were used. The GOP members of the Senate announced the full audit of the county' s results in 2020 because the state was one of six where the results raised objections from lawmakers based on evidence of fraud.

A Republican election analyst said he' s " aghast " at the way the audit of Arizona ' s Maricopa County' s ballots has moved forward. In this photo, contractors working for Cyber Ninjas, which was hired by the Arizona State Senate , examine and recount ballots from the 2020 general election at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 1 in Phoenix, Arizona .Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images. GOP Election Analyst ' Aghast ' at Arizona Audit as State Senator Threatens U . S . Attorney General .

Maricopa County previously conducted hand recounts in November, as well as a December audit that did not uncover any irregularities.

"I'm just aghast at what is happening in the coliseum," Benny White, a GOP election analyst who has been involved in audits in Wisconsin, Maryland and Arizona, told local ABC affiliate channel 15.

"They're trying to create a completely new record. Then I suppose they were going to present that and say here is the truth. Don't believe what was published in November," White said.

"If they were going to present the results of this audit or so-called audit as something that had credibility, that had reliability, that voters could look at and say there is some truth... They need to have some way of verifying what they're doing is complete and accurate," he warned.

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BREAKING: Arizona Audit meeting at AZ State Senate reveals Maricopa County still has not provided many materials needed for complete audit - including routers, chain of custody, and images of mail in ballots#ArizonaAudit #AmericasAudit #ElectionIntegrity. Cyber Ninjas was hired as lead contractor for the audit , which started April 23 after the Senate won a legal battle with Maricopa County for access to election equipment and approximately 2.1 million ballots from the November 2020 general election in metro Phoenix.

PHOENIX — Six weeks into the Arizona Senate election audit and six months after the election , ballots were still being counted at the Coliseum Friday. Earlier in the week the man charged with overseeing the recount, Ken Bennett, was hopeful the hand recount of 2.1 million ballots They need to have some way of verifying what they’re doing is complete and accurate,” White said. In May the U . S . Justice Department sent a letter to Senate President Karen Fann warning the Arizona audit may be violating federal election law. Without naming Arizona directly, in a speech, U . S . Attorney General

Arizona state Senator Paul Boyer, a Republican, told The Hill in May that the audit process has been "embarrassing." Boyer's remark was notable, as he initially supported the process moving forward.

"The way they're doing it, it's embarrassing," the GOP lawmaker said. "It makes me embarrassed to be a state senator at this point."

In a Friday speech, Garland said that the Justice Department would scrutinize post-election audits—like the one going forward in Arizona—for any violations of voting laws. He pointed out that they were based on false claims that have already been wholly debunked and litigated.

"Many of the justifications proffered in support of these post-election audits and restrictions on voting," the attorney general said, "have relied on assertions of material vote fraud in the 2020 election that have been refuted by the law enforcement and intelligence agencies of both this administration and the previous one, as well as by every court—federal and state—that has considered them."

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Arizona Senate Republicans have been pushing forward with a widely criticized and mocked audit of the presidential election results. County officials in Maricopa County—the most populous in Arizona —completed a formal audit of the results last November, and it did not uncover Contractors working for Cyber Ninjas, which was hired by the Arizona Senate , examine and recount ballots from the 2020 general election at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on May 1. Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images. The GOP county official told state Senate leaders to "finish your audit , release the report


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In response to Garland's speech, GOP Arizona state Senator Wendy Rogers threatened to put Garland in prison.

"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," Rogers tweeted on Friday.

In a February email, Fann admitted that she does not believe the audit will uncover fraud as Trump has claimed. "Personally I don't think we will find anything outside of the normal irregularities we have every election but am willing to go this extra mile if it puts these questions and concerns to rest," she wrote at the time.

Publicly, she has defended the audit as important to reassure Republican voters about the election results' integrity.

Although Trump and his allies continue to claim that Biden won the election through widespread fraud, there is no evidence to support this extraordinary allegation. Dozens of election challenge lawsuits have failed in state and federal courts. Even judges appointed by Trump and other Republicans rejected the often bizarre claims.

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  Republicans in the States Are Proving Joe Manchin Wrong Red states continue to be a harbinger of what’s to come at the federal level.In places such as Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, and Montana, the most restrictive laws approved this year have passed on total or near-complete party-line votes, with almost all state legislative Republicans voting for the bills and nearly all Democrats uniting against them, according to an analysis of state voting records provided exclusively to The Atlantic by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU.

Audits and recounts in key battleground states—including in areas where the election was overseen by pro-Trump Republicans—have reaffirmed Biden's win. Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who was widely viewed as one of Trump's most loyal Cabinet members, said in December that there was "no evidence" to support the claims of widespread fraud.

Furthermore, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security has said there was "no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised."

Newsweek reached out to Fann for further comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

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Stephen Richer Slams 'Insane' Arizona Audit—'This Is Far From the Gold Standard' .
The Maricopa County recorder has lambasted the audit of the 2020 presidential election results, which was ordered by the Republican-led state legislature.Richer is the recorder of Maricopa County—where the controversial audit is being conducted. He told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday that the process is "insane.

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