Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich launched an investigation into Maricopa County Board of Supervisors’ refusal to comply with subpoenas issued by the state legislature.
In ignoring the subpoenas, the officials have declined to provide the state legislature, who is conducting a forensic audit of the November 2020 election, additional information and election routers.
In his letter, Brnovich informed the officials of the new investigation, requested by state Senator Sonny Borrelli (R-Lake Havasu City). Additionally, if the investigation determines that the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (MCBOS) has violated the law, Brnovich details he will file an action with the Arizona Supreme Court. Further, Brnovich will issue a written warning to the county
“If MCBOS has violated a provision of state law or the Arizona Constitution, the Office will notify in writing and state that MCBOS has 30 days to resolve the identified violation,” the letter stated.
However, if the MCBOS continues to violate the law, Brnovich will move to withhold funds from the officials.
“If the Attorney General determines that MCBOS failed to resolve the violation within 30 days, the Attorney General will notify the State Treasurer, who shall withhold and redistribute from Maricopa County state monies…” Brnovich continued.
Until this point, it has proven difficult for members of the Arizona State Senate to enforce the issued subpoenas.
“Specifically, providing these routers puts sensitive, confidential data belonging to Maricopa County citizens — including Social Security numbers and protected health information — at risk,” claimed Thomas Liddy when announcing the group’s original refusal of the requested actions.
Further, State Senator Paul Boyer (R-Glendale) refused to support a move to hold Maricopa County election officials in contempt for noncompliance with the Senate’s subpoena, rendering legislative action impossible.
Under Arizona law, the Attorney General must produce a report within 30 days of the request for the investigation.
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