A faction of Arizona Republicans is actively feuding with the GOP-led Arizona Senate over the audit of the 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa County, with county officials battling Senate President Karen Fann over claims of “serious issues” uncovered by examiners.
The feud erupted over the weekend after former President Donald Trump released a statement alleging that the “entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED!”
Describing such action as “illegal,” Trump pressed for the involvement of Arizona’s state attorney general to investigate.
“This is illegal and the Arizona State Senate, who is leading the Forensic Audit, is up in arms. Additionally, seals were broken on the boxes that hold the votes, ballots are missing, and worse,” Trump added.
Maricopa County Stephen Richer, a Republican, exploded on Twitter Saturday after Trump released his statement, calling it “unhinged” and “insane lies.”
The rhetorical war has been brewing since December when the Arizona Senate decided to audit election results from Maricopa County, whose population of approximately 4.5 million represents more than 60% of the state’s residents and whose registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by more than 100,000 as of last October.
The Maricopa County board is also controlled by a Republican majority of four with just one Democrat member.
Joe Biden defeated Trump by more than 45,000 votes in the county, which resulted in an 10,000-vote victory statewide for Biden.County officials went to court to block the Senate from taking control of election records and equipment needed to conduct the audit, The New York Times reported.
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