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BRNOVICH: Maricopa Must Comply w/ Senate Subpoenas or Lose $61M

'Our courts have spoken. The rule of law must be followed...'

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich told the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors who have been resisting the state’s independent election audit to supply subpoenaed material or lose millions in revenue, the Gateway Pundit reported.

If the county fails to follow the law in the next month, it can be stripped of 10% of its shared funding, amounting to $61 million.

Senate Republicans commissioned the audit of the 2020 election, including a recount of 2.1 million ballots and a review of voting machines, amid widespread reports of irregularities in the state’s largest county.

The firm leading the audit, Cyber Ninjas, says it has completed the bulk of the investigation and is preparing to file a report of its findings. However, it told state Senate President Karen Fann at a July hearing that the county’s refusal to fully cooperate in providing certain routers and passwords linked to its voting servers has hindered its work.

Arizona state Sen. Sonny Borrelli later filed a complaint requesting that Brnovich investigate whether Maricopa County’s defiance of subpoenas was a violation of the law.

“We are notifying the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors that it must fully comply with the Senate’s subpoena as required by the law,” Brnovich said. “Our courts have spoken. The rule of law must be followed.”

Despite the ongoing audit, county officials recently purchased $2.8 million in equipment from the controversial Dominion Voting Systems to replace that which it baselessly claimed had been compromised by the independent audit.

Although Maricopa County’s board of supervisors is nominally Republican-leaning, officials there have obstructed the GOP-led investigation at every available opportunity.

Recently, the county threatened to file a defamation lawsuit against the state senators leading the investigation.

Dominion has used similar lawsuit threats in a sweeping effort to chill the free speech of election critics and skeptics who have called for investigations into its machines.

Maricopa officials have also claimed that the auditors were inept and incapable of conducting a real investigation.

Arizona Sen. Mark Fincham, tweeted that “the entire cost of the audit should be billed back to the county for the delays and legal hoops that the Senate has had to g through just to do its job.”

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