Arizona’s Democratic secretary of state snubs Trump in response to AG’s request for election records

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) finally submitted to Mark Brnovich (R), the state’s attorney general, the records that he requested regarding “potential violations” of Arizona’s election laws in the 2020 election.

Rather than provide what Brnovich asked for, however — namely, any evidence of double voting — Hobbs instead used the opportunity to take aim at former President Donald Trump and his allies. 

According to the Washington Examiner, Hobbs submitted her response to Brnovich via State Elections Director Sambo Dul, who sent the AG a letter with supporting records.

What they sent

In the first of two bullet points in his memo, Dul repeated the claim that Hobbs has already made numerous times: that allies of Trump, including Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward, perhaps illegally, put pressure on Maricopa County election supervisors during the tallying of the 2020 election results.

Dul indicated in the letter that he and Hobbs included records that they believe might support this claim.

The other bullet point has to do with state Rep. Mark Finchem (R). Dul and Hobbs claim that they have received a complaint suggesting that Finchem might have violated campaign finance laws.

In the relevant part, Dul’s letter reads, “the complaint related to Mr. Finchem’s efforts to allegedly pay off his debts related to the ‘hearing’ on election fraud that was held at the Downtown Phoenix Hyatt on November 30, 2020.”

Dul and Hobbs also included with the letter records pertaining to this complaint.

What was missing

When Brnovich sent his request to Hobbs, he specifically asked for any records that she has of double voting in the 2020 election. But Hobbs refused to submit such records in the past, and she did so again in her response.

Instead, Dul repeated the claim already made many times by the secretary of state’s office that they’re awaiting “a report from the Electronic Registration Information Center regarding potential instances of double voting in the 2020 election.”

Brnovich probably ought not to hold his breath waiting for that.

At least thus far, the AG also has not wasted any breath in responding to Dul and Hobbs’ letter.

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