PHOENIX — Maricopa County officers on Friday directed the Arizona Senate and the auditors it employed to assessment the county’s 2020 election rely to protect paperwork for a potential lawsuit.
The county made the demand in a letter after the auditors refused to again down from their declare that the county destroyed proof by deleting an election database. The GOP-controlled Board of Supervisors and Republican Recorder Stephen Richer, one of many prime election officers, say the declare is fake.
County officers earlier this week mentioned they may think about submitting a defamation lawsuit if the Senate President Karen Fann and the auditors don’t retract the allegation information have been deleted.
“Because of the wrongful accusations that the County destroyed evidence, the County or its elected officers may now be subject to, or have, legal claims,” the county’s chief litigation legal professional, Tom Liddy, wrote in a letter to Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican from Prescott.
Senate Republicans are overseeing an unprecedented partisan audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, together with a hand recount of two.1 million ballots and a assessment of voting machines and different knowledge. Fann claimed the database was deleted, which a twitter account tied to the audit referred to as “spoliation of evidence.” Former President Donald Trump amplified the declare in an announcement final weekend.
County officers mentioned Monday that no databases or directories have been deleted and laid out an in depth clarification for why they consider the auditors couldn’t discover them, accusing the auditors of ineptitude. The subsequent day, a knowledge forensics guide on the audit group mentioned he was capable of “recover” the information, and the audit’s Twitter account later repeated the declare that information have been deleted.
The letter directs Fann and anybody engaged on the audit to protect any information associated to it, together with emails and textual content messages, laptop information, cellphones and different gadgets.
The audit is not going to change the election outcome. But Trump and plenty of of his supporters consider it’s going to help their baseless declare that Trump’s loss was marred by fraud.
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