Senate Arizona Releases More Records for 2020 Election Review


Phoenix (AP) — A Republican-controlled Senator Arizona’s lawyer in the 2020 election results review is a GOP member in the state’s most populous county, under a court order obtained by a surveillance group. We have released a number of communications between that audit contact and others. We are fighting for transparency by recounting elections.

In the communication, a text asking where former President Donald Trump’s chief campaign officer should send $ 175,000 to Senate liaison Randy Pouren to help pay the party’s recount. There was a message. Former Chief Operating Officer of the Trump Campaign and former Arizona Treasury Secretary Jeff DeWit also asked Pouren if another group raising funds for the audit was legal, “Trump is asking.” Stated.

The Senate record was not complete. Senate lawyer Cory Langhofer told the judge Wednesday that he had withheld nearly 3,000 records because he told the judge that legislation or communication between the lawyer and the client was privileged.

Other records sought by American Oversight are still subject to court battles. The judge also ordered Senate contractors, including the Florida company that oversees the audit, to keep a record of it.

The Arizona Court of Appeals immediately upheld the order, deciding that Cyber ​​Samurai and other contractors are playing a central role in the government and are subject to public record law. But last week, the Arizona Supreme Court put Judge Michael Kemp’s order on hold until at least September 14 while considering the case.

Roopali Desai, an American Overseas lawyer, told the judge on Wednesday that he had already rejected it in a previous ruling and would encourage the court to reject the Langholfer legislative privilege debate.

More than 20,000 records released late Tuesday night include Republican Senate Chairman Karen Fann, Judiciary Committee Chairman Warren Peterson, Pouren, and liaison with other Senate contractors, Ken. -Bennet, GOP activist, legislator, lobbyist, push. They include text messages, emails, and even videos that say the people of former President Ronald Reagan are overseeing the government.

DeWit declined to comment on the Associated Press on Wednesday about a cash offer to fund the review. At the end of Tuesday Told the Arizona Capitol Times He said he wasn’t referring to Trump personally, but to a “wider Trump trajectory.” Dewitt worked closely with Trump in both campaigns and was promoted from state chairman to oversee all campaign activities.

Other exchanges include an exchange between Fan and Arizona Republican Chairman Kelli Ward, who asked why Senate audits were used for the party when the party was not involved in funding. I wondered if I raised the money.

The Senate agreed to pay $ 150,000 plus facility rent for the audit, but in the end it cost much more. The party fundraiser recounted all 2.1 million votes in Maricopa County and donated nearly $ 5.7 million to investigate the voting machines, computers and other equipment used in the elections.

The unprecedented partisan movement was driven by the defeat of former President Donald Trump in the state and his allegations without evidence that he was defeated in Arizona and other fierce battle states for fraud.

Senate Republicans have issued subpoenas to Maricopa County for all ballots for 2020, the machines that counted them, and other data for the state’s most populous counties. Election experts are very critical of the reviews launched late last year by fans as Trump and his allies were unsuccessful because they blocked the proof of Democratic Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. bottom.

The material was handed over to a contractor who had little or no election experience, which Senator Karen Huang called a “court audit.” According to election experts, the 2020 elections are safe and successful, and contractors use strange and unreliable procedures. Maricopa County refused to participate further.

The results of the audit and hand recount were expected to be handed over to the Senate last week, but the outbreak of COVID-19 among contractors delayed it.

Langhofer told the judge Wednesday that it could take weeks before the final report is ready for publication. The release date has not been announced.

One of the notable exchanges between fans and the respected Arizona GOP political consultant Chuck Cofflin has triggered polls showing that the partisan nature of audits has little confidence in the results. I told her.

“Start over and call your current audit a professional breach,” Coughlin wrote. “Find a way for contractors (which is true) and the governor, you and the Speaker of the House (House) to establish a professional path to rebuilding confidence in AZ’s electoral system.”

“A conversation about a glass of wine,” the fans replied.