Earlier this month, Arizona’s Democratic secretary of state, Katie Hobbs, asked that Republican state Attorney General Mark Brnovich help look into whether former President Donald Trump and those associated with him interfered in last year’s presidential election.
Now, however, Brnovich has responded with questions of his own about potential voter fraud — and his office isn’t holding back in its search for answers.
First time in a decade
As the Washington Examiner reported, Jennifer Wright is an assistant attorney general who has been tasked by Brnovich with looking into possible instances of people voting twice in Arizona.
The paper cited a report from the Arizona Republic that claimed Wright sent an email to Hobbs noting that she had not come forward with any evidence of double voting, which was unusual.
“The [attorney general] has not received any information from your office regarding potential double voting in the 2018 or 2020 election,” Wright was quoted as saying.
“Notably, this is the first time in over a decade the [attorney general’s office] has received no referrals from the Secretary of State regarding double voting,” she added.
Wright went on to ask that Hobbs “please provide any and all records your office possesses related to potential violations of Arizona’s election laws.”
“Arizona will not sit back”
Wright’s request comes amid an election audit in Arizona’s Maricopa County that has been the focus of criticism from President Joe Biden’s own attorney general, Merrick Garland.
“Many of the justifications proffered in support of these post-election audits and restrictions on voting have relied on assertions of material vote fraud in the 2020 election that have been refuted by law enforcement and intelligence agencies,” Garland complained in March, according to the Examiner.
The remarks prompted Brnovich to fire back with a letter in which he pledged to continue investigating the possibility of electoral fraud.
In it, Brnovich, who has announced plans for a Senate run in 2022, wrote that Garland seemed “more interested in supporting the hysterical outcries of leftist pundits on cable television, rather than the rule of law.”
He also stressed that “Arizona will not sit back and let the Biden administration abuse its authority, refuse to uphold laws, or attempt to commandeer our state’s sovereignty.”