Arizona Senate President Karen Fann was on ‘The Conservative Circus with James T. Harris on Tuesday to discuss the Arizona audit, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s investigation, and the coming changes to election law in Arizona.
All evidence presented last month from the Arizona audit, as well as more witness testimony and evidence of law violations has been given to the Arizona Attorney General to further investigate and enforce the rule of law.
Senate President Karen Fann stated that AG Brnovich has already opened up his formal criminal investigation and he is continuing to seek information.
Fann says that he is not only seeking the auditors’ information but he is digging deeper. She tells us that Brnovich is “gonna hold people accountable for breaking the law.”
It appears that Brnovich is waiting for the routers and Splunk logs to be examined.
Fann and her caucus will meet this week to begin drafting new legislation to secure elections before the 2022 legislative session.
Harris: The conclusions the auditor has arrived at have disappointed a lot of people. But given that you have said from the very beginning that the audit was not about overturning the election. Were you disappointed?
Fann: No. And here’s why. Well, I’ll tell you what I’m disappointed in. I’m disappointed in the fact that some of that report is inconclusive and so we will have supplemental reports coming and the reason why it’s inconclusive is because Maricopa County did not turn over the routers, did not turn over the Splunk logs. They have now admitted before Congress that they deleted files the day before everything was supposed to be turned over to us. They admitted in Congress that, actually, they said that they had to delete them to make room for an upcoming election. However, Congressman Biggs pointed out that there were still elections on the server from previous, before 2020. And they couldn’t explain why that was and when they said “oh, well, don’t worry the deleted files are on a backup archive.” And, and Congressmen Biggs said, “Did you turn that over to the auditors in the Senate?” They said, “Well, no, because they didn’t subpoena our backup archives.” So this is the stuff we have been putting up with since day one of people trying to discredit and hide things. And so consequently, you know, our audit was pretty darn good. And we’re not done yet. I mean, you don’t hold information from the voters and the constituents and just think you’re going to get away with it. Not going to happen.
Harris: Do we learn enough from this experience from the audit to demand changes in the voting process?
Fann: Oh, absolutely. JT, you know, Ken Bennett testified before Congress the number of election laws that were broken under Adrian Fontes’ regime, if you will, over there. And, you know, not only we as a legislative body, right? Our job is policy. Our job is to make laws, make sure they’re working, and change or update laws as necessary. It is the Attorney General’s office to enforce those laws. So we’re on a dual path now. We have turned everything we have so far over to the Attorney General. He has opened up a formal investigation. He is seeking not only is all the information we have, but he’s digging further into information that other people have gathered, even outside of the audit. So that’s his job. He’s gonna hold people accountable for breaking the law and finding out exactly where those problems are. We as a Senate, this week, as a matter of fact, I’m meeting with all of my caucus members. So that we can start working on legislation this week. Find out what laws aren’t working, find out what we need to do to strengthen the security of our election system. And, and part of that’s also going to be holding people accountable.
Harris: You just mentioned that this is now in the hands of the Special Master and the Arizona Attorney General. The Election Integrity Unit I guess, do you have confidence in them?
Fann: I do. AG Brnovich has been waiting for the audit to be done so that he can look into it and verify. I mean, that’s his job. He’s going to look at it impartially. He’s going to look at it and backup whatever information we give him or anybody else, and then he can move forward in the best way he sees fit. So yeah, I do. The Special Master, John Shadegg has always been known as an honorable Congressman, he’s been around a long time. We, you know, the Board of Supervisors said, we will make sure you get all the information that you need from the Splunk logs, all the questions answers from Splunk logs and the routers. And I can tell you that you know, when we decided to go with a special master, my attorney advised us our Senate attorney said Karen, you have not lost any rights whatsoever. You are taking the high road, you can get this information. if for any reason, that information is not provided to us to our satisfaction, we have every right to issue another subpoena. And we can take them back to court and say, No, you said we get the information you’ve failed again. so I am cautiously optimistic that we will get on that all that information because they know we’re not backing down. We will go through this again. so please just work with us, and let’s get this thing finished.
The router and Splunk log analysis will begin soon. Special Master John Shadegg is taking suggestions from both sides on a vendor to conduct the analysis which Ben Cotton and the Senate will oversee.
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