Arizona’s Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has asked her state’s Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich to open a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to influence the tabulation of ballots in the 2020 general election.
In a letter to Brnovich dated on Wednesday, Hobbs indicated that she believes that Trump and his clown car cudgel of attorneys committed at least one felony when they put pressure on the Maricopa County Supervisors, who oversaw the tallying of votes. This was part of Trump’s broader campaign to overturn the results of the election in several swing states – including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin – all of which he lost to President Joe Biden.
“I write today to urge you to investigate and take appropriate enforcement action against potential violations of Arizona’s election laws that were recently reported by the Arizona Republic. As you know, you are charged by statute to enforce the provisions of Title 16. In Arizona, any person who ‘knowingly interferes in any manner with an officer of such election in the discharge of the officer’s duty, or who induces an officer of an election or officer whose duty it is to ascertain, announce or declare the result of such election, to violate or refuse to comply with the officer’s duty or any law regulating the election’ has violated Title 16 and is guilty of a class 5 felony,” Hobbs wrote to Brnovich.
“As detailed by the Republic, a number of individuals, including Kelli Ward, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and former President Donald Trump attempted to make contact with Maricopa supervisors as ballot tabulation proceeded,” said Hobbs.
“I urge you to take action not only to seek justice in this instance, but to prevent future attempts to interfere with the integrity of our elections. If your ethical duties prevent you from investigating this matter, I ask that you refer it to another enforcement agency,” she concluded.
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