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 stated they may think about submitting a defamation lawsuit if the Senate President Karen Fann and the auditors don’t retract the allegation information had been deleted.
“Due to the wrongful accusations that the County destroyed proof, the County or its elected officers might now be topic to, or have, authorized 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 evaluate of voting machines and different information. Fann claimed the database was deleted, which a twitter account tied to the audit known as “spoliation of proof.” Former President Donald Trump amplified the declare in an announcement final weekend.
County officers stated Monday that no databases or directories were 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, an information forensics guide on the audit staff stated he was capable of “recuperate” the information, and the audit’s Twitter account later repeated the declare that information had been deleted.
The letter directs Fann and anybody engaged on the audit to protect any data associated to it, together with emails and textual content messages, laptop information, cellphones and different gadgets.
The audit won’t change the election end result. However Trump and plenty of of his supporters consider it would help their baseless declare that Trump’s loss was marred by fraud.
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