Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) on Friday co-signed a letter to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors asking for a “100 percent” audit of the county’s votes, despite the margin between the two presidential candidates being outside that which would automatically trigger a recount.
This comes after Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Kiley threw out a GOP lawsuit on Friday that claimed “potentially thousands” of Arizona voters were disenfranchised on November 3, alleging that election workers had overridden ballots with possible “overvotes.” This occurs when voters mark more options than allowed in a particular race on their ballots.
Friday’s letter, also co-signed by Arizona GOP Reps. Paul Gossar and David Schweikert, cited affidavits from hundreds of voters claiming that their ballots were discounted.
These affidavits, however, were dismissed by Judge Kiley, saying, “The fact that your process for obtaining these affidavits yielded affidavits that you yourself found to be false does not support a finding that this process generates reliable evidence.”
“This is concerning,” Kiley added.
The letter also used the narrow vote margin between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden to justify an audit, despite the margin not being narrow enough for a recount.
Despite this loss, Biggs’ team insists that the legal challenges against the election results continue in Arizona, saying that the Dominion Voting System software has raised red flags in other parts of the country. Allegations surrounding this software have received heavy scrutiny.
When asked for a comment, a spokesperson for Congressman Biggs said that “The overvotes lawsuit wasn’t the only thing that has been raised in Arizona” and that “Maricopa County appears to have used the Dominion service for ballots, and as you know, that has raised some red flags in other parts of the country.”
“As Rep Biggs said in his statement: let’s leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of accountability and transparency,” the spokesperson added.
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House Republicans Subpoena DOJ for Records of Biden’s Interview with Special Counsel
Special Counsel Robert Hur determined that President Joe Biden not only mishandled classified documents, but he also declined to press charges against him because his advanced age and declining memory would influence a potential jury.
“Mr. Biden will likely present himself to the jury, as he did during his interview with our office, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” Hur wrote.
House Republicans have subpoenaed the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the interview transcripts, audio, notes and video files from Hur’s interview with Biden which transpired during the investigation.
“The Committees further seek to understand whether the White House or President Biden’s personal attorneys placed any limitations or scoping restrictions during the interviews with Special Counsel Hur or Mr. Mark Zwonitzer precluding or addressing any potential statements directly linking President Biden to troublesome foreign payments,” the lawmakers said in a subpoena cover letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“Special Counsel Hur’s report outlined that classified documents Joe Biden stashed for years relate to countries where his family cashed in on the Biden brand. We owe it to the American people to provide transparency and accountability about the extent of Joe Biden retaining sensitive materials and the concerns raised about his current mental state and fitness to be President of the United States,” Comer said in a statement. Comer, Jordan and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R., Mo.) are leading the impeachment inquiry.
“Special Counsel Robert Hur’s investigation into President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents made two things clear: there’s a double standard of justice in this country and Joe Biden isn’t fit for office. The transcripts and materials from his investigation are critical to our oversight work,” Jordan stated.
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