Arizona attorney general defends election audit against ‘hysterical’ criticism from DOJ

Arizona’s attorney general issued a warning to the Biden Justice Department to stop criticizing the state Senate’s 2020 election audit in Maricopa County, saying they were giving into liberal hysteria.

“My office is not amused by the DOJ’s posturing and will not tolerate any effort to undermine or interfere with our State Senate’s audit to reassure Arizonans of the accuracy of our elections,” wrote Attorney General Mark Brnovich to Attorney General Merrick Garland.

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“We stand ready to defend federalism and state sovereignty against any partisan attacks or federal overreach,” he added.

Last week, Garland rebuked the efforts in multiple swing states to audit the results of the 2020 presidential election results between former President Donald Trump and then-candidate Joe Biden. “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,” he said.

Brnovich, who also recently announced he is running for the Senate, responded to Garland’s letter with a strong rebuke of his own.

“Your comments followed a May 5 letter from Pamela Karlan of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, on the subject of the Arizona Senate’s oversight of the Maricopa County audit. This letter appeared more interested in supporting the hysterical outcries of leftist pundits on cable television, rather than the rule of law,” wrote Brnovich, who last week announced his bid for the Senate.

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“America’s founders intentionally restrained the federal government’s constitutional boundaries to ensure each state could flourish in unique ways,” Brnovich continued. “Today, our federal government has largely forgotten the Founders’ intent, but my office has not.”

Brnovich announced his candidacy for Senate with a strong message of supporting state’s rights. If he wins the GOP primary, he will face off against Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly.

“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,” he wrote.

Read Brnovich’s letter to Garland here:

2021-06-14 Letter to Attorn… by Paul Bedard

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