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Politics Paul Gosar Calls Arizona Audit 'Good Start,' Wants Trump-Biden Rematch by Year's End

01:20  26 september  2021
01:20  26 september  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Arizona’s Audit Continues to Be a Chaotic Mess

  Arizona’s Audit Continues to Be a Chaotic Mess If you accept the ridiculous premise that the election needed to rechecked, why do such a bad job of it?Arizona state-Senate Republicans launched the process this spring as a response to false claims of election fraud spread by several of themselves, as well as former President Donald Trump. The Senate hired Cyber Ninjas, a firm run by a “Stop the Steal” backer that has repeatedly declined to offer any evidence it is qualified for the job. The process was originally expected to conclude by May 14. This was a hard deadline, because the coliseum rented for the count was due to hold another event. But the count missed that deadline, and the process resumed later in May.

The results of the closely-watched Arizona GOP-led Senate "audit" of the 2020 election has reaffirmed that Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in Maricopa County. However, leading Republicans in the state are still claiming that reviews elsewhere will prove their false claims of voter fraud.

Rep. Paul Gosar, (D-AZ), questions Gregory T. Monahan, Acting Chief U.S. Park Police National Park Police, during a House committee hearing on the Park Police's attack on peaceful protesters at Lafayette Square on July 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. © Bill Clark/Getty Images Rep. Paul Gosar, (D-AZ), questions Gregory T. Monahan, Acting Chief U.S. Park Police National Park Police, during a House committee hearing on the Park Police's attack on peaceful protesters at Lafayette Square on July 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.

The conclusion of the audit found that Biden won Arizona's most populous county by 1,040,873 votes in November—99 more votes than shown in the certified ballots—dealing a blow to Trump's effort to overturn the election results.

Arizona Senate previews Maricopa audit report presentation

  Arizona Senate previews Maricopa audit report presentation The contractors tasked to audit the 2020 Maricopa County general election are poised to present their findings to the Arizona Senate on Friday, which offered a preview on Wednesday. © Provided by Washington Examiner Lead Contractor and Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan, CyFIR founder Ben Cotton, and others tasked for the state Senate-commissioned operation will show the results of the review to Senate President Karen Fann and Judiciary Chairman Warren Peterson at 1 p.m. local time Friday, according to a press release.

Still, Trump is continuing his campaign of pressuring states to probe his baseless voter fraud claims and his congressional allies have attempted to frame the Arizona review as one that would crank up such efforts elsewhere.

"It was a good start because we now know that fraud was there. Yeah, they made their case very well. The thing about it is that they weren't given the tools to make a full disclosure," Arizona GOP Representative Paul Gosar, a close ally of Trump, told reporters from the Undercurrent in Phoenix Friday afternoon, shortly after the audit was released to the Arizona Senate.

"My suggestion is that we actually have some hearings and look over this batch and set a new election for Biden and Trump before the end of the year," he added.

Texas launches 2020 election “audit” demanded by Trump — as Arizona probe gives Biden a bigger win

  Texas launches 2020 election “audit” demanded by Trump — as Arizona probe gives Biden a bigger win Texas officials instantly capitulate to Trump's demand despite admitting election was "smooth and secure" Texas Governor Greg Abbott Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

"Today is vindication day," Arizona state Representative Mark Finchem, a vocal supporter of Republican efforts to challenge the election results, told a crowd gathered by the state Capitol.

Texas became the latest state to launch an effort to review the election results, joining Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The scope of these reviews, sometimes called "investigations," "audits," or "forensic audits," have not all been well-defined.

After mounting pressure from Trump, Texas election officials said Thursday they had begun auditing the presidential election results in four counties. The Texas Secretary of State's office did not disclose the rationale for the decision, which occurred months after Keith Ingram, the office's elections administrator, assured constituents that the elections were "safe and secure."

Critics call the reviews partisan efforts to validate Trump's baseless claims of fraud and overturn the election results, while supporters say they're necessary to address constituents' concerns of election fraud.

Arizona GOP Chair Calls For New Audit After Biden Confirmed Winner Again

  Arizona GOP Chair Calls For New Audit After Biden Confirmed Winner Again "FULL SIGNATURE AUDIT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!" Dr. Kelli Ward tweeted after Trump's loss was confirmed.Results of the audit, which was led by a group called "Cyber Ninjas," were released on Friday and found that Biden defeated former President Donald Trump by slightly more votes than the official count. Although the review was the third audit of Arizona results, none of which cast any reasonable doubt on Biden's win, Arizona GOP Chair Dr. Kelli Ward took to Twitter to call for another audit while insisting that Friday's results indicated "possible malfeasance.

None of the reviews can actually change Biden's first term in office. Congress certified the president's election win on January 7, after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building to halt the certification process.

Election experts and officials have said that 2020 was the most secure election in U.S. history. Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who was one of Trump's most loyal Cabinet members, said there was "no evidence" to support claims of widespread election fraud.

Newsweek reached out to Gosar's office for comment.

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Election Experts Call Cyber Ninjas' Arizona Audit Findings 'Laughable,' Say Company Lied .
The analysts said the company's audit of Maricopa County's 2020 election results was an "unbelievable hoax."Arizona state Senate Republicans hired Cyber Ninjas to conduct the audit of the county's results based largely on Donald Trump's groundless claims that the national election was "rigged" or "stolen" in favor of President Joe Biden. Despite the former president's continuing allegations, he and his allies have never provided any evidence substantiating them.

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