Many Republicans say they continue to have lingering questions regarding possible voting irregularities in the 2020 presidential election.
This week, former President Trump warned that GOP voters may not turn out in again unless the party take action to resolve them.
According to Breitbart, Trump released a statement on Wednesday in which he declared, “If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting ’22 or ’24.”
The former president and presumed GOP frontrunner went on to call passing election reforms “the single most important thing for Republicans to do.”
Maricopa County officials admit to deleting election data prior to audit
Trump’s comments came roughly a week after officials from Arizona’s largest county admitted that they wiped election data from computer servers that had been subpoenaed by auditors.
Phoenix’s NBC News 12 reported that during an appearance before the House Oversight Committee, Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs demanded an explanation from Maricopa County Chairman Jack Sellers as to why the data had been removed.
“So you admit that Maricopa County did delete files off the server after the election?” Biggs asked. Sellers responded that the files were deleted, but stressed that this only happened after the information had been archived.
County Vice Chairman Bill Gates explained that the archives themselves had not been turned over to auditor because they “did not subpoena those.”
Gates’ comment seems not to have been appreciated by Biggs, who chuckled, “OK, so you didn’t feel obligated to turn that over then to them.”
Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett was also present for the hearing, and the former official made clear that he was having a hard time taking Sellers’ and Gates’ answers seriously.
“I find it frankly laughable to suggest that a county in response to a subpoena could say we will delete files from the hard drives and materials that we give to the auditors because we have those files archived on data that we did not give to the auditors when the subpoena said turn over all the records related to the election,” Bennett said.
Biggs went on to point out that Maricopa County’s Twitter account had said the move was “a standard practice” and then asked if similar deletions had occurred after prior elections. Neither Sellers nor Gates could provide an answer.