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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich Mark Brnovich

PHOENIX — State Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning his federal counterpart to stay out of the way of the current audit of the 2020 election returns.

In a letter Monday to Merrick Garland, Brnovich said he is displaying “an alarming disdain for state sovereignty’’ by suggesting that there may the need for some federal oversight of what is playing out at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. And Brnovich hinted that any intrusion will result in a lawsuit.

“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,’’ wrote Brnovich who recently announced his bid to become the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

What’s causing the latest political dust-up between Brnovich and the administration is a speech that Garland made Friday suggesting that ballot reviews like the one in Arizona are “based on disinformation.’’ More to the point, Garland said his agency is watching -- and may take action.

“The Justice Department will do everything in its power to prevent election fraud and to vigorously prosecute it,’’ he said of the role of his agency.

“But many of the justifications proffered in support of these post-election audits and restrictions on voting have relief on assertions on material vote fraud in the 2020 election that have been refused by law enforcement and intelligence agencies,’’ Garland said.

He also announced that his agency’s Civil Rights Division would double its staff working on voting rights enforcement in the next 30 days and publish more federal guidance on post-election procedures.

Brnovich, in his Monday letter, pointed out that this isn’t the first time Garland’s agency has interceded in the audit.

On May 5, Pamela Karlan, the principal deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights, demanded some answers from Senate President Karen Fann about how the audit, ordered by Fann, is occurring.

Karlan said her agency is concerned that the nearly 2.1 million ballots from Maricopa County are no longer under the control of state and local officials. Instead, they are at the Coliseum which Karlan describes as an “insecure facility,’’ putting them at risk of being lost, stolen, altered, compromised or destroyed.

What makes that a federal concern, Karlan said, is federal law creates a duty to safeguard and preserve records of federal elections, including the presidential, Senate and nine House races conducted.

“This letter appeared more interested in supporting the hysterical outcries of leftist pundits on cable television, rather than the rule of law,’’ Brnovich wrote of Karlan’s letter.

And he told Garland to back off.

“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,’’ Brnovich wrote. “We stand ready to defend federalism and state sovereignty against any partisan attack or federal overreach.’’

And, if nothing else, Brnovich contends that federal intervention or oversight is not just unnecessary but also illegal.

“It is important to remember that the states created the federal government, not the other way around,’’ he told Garland.

“America’s founders intentionally restrained the federal governments 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.’’

In his letter, Brnovich did not address the fact that the U.S. Constitution does provide a role for the federal government.

It does say that the “times, places and manner’’ of holding elections for federal lawmakers are prescribed by each state legislature. But it also empowers Congress to make laws and regulations.

Brnovich’s letter comes as Republicans are trying to block Congress from enacting comprehensive new federal regulations Democrats say are designed to remove hurdles -- some imposed by states -- to the voting process. The proposals include various measures to make it easier to register and vote and limiting the influence of money in politics.

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Sandan

"Bobber" no one "attacked" you, go cry a river. You picked one word, big deal (and, yes I know the difference). You're full of s***. You're the leader of typos...unless it's copy and paste from a professional writer. You hypocrite, I have never claimed to be a professional writer...unlike you.

Joe Nobody

Wait until Sydney really, really, really, REALLY releases the Kraken.

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Too old for this

There, their, they're, Bob. It will be ok. You will still find a reason to insult others tomorrow. Every time I see you talk about a "pathetic loser," I look at your picture on the left side of the page, and get a good reference for what such a person must look like.

1502

Trump is laughing all the way to the bank with his lies. He has always been a liar. Remember is casino making so much money he could not count it. 10 months later BK. Do you really think this liar would let anyone from Havasu golf at his Florida resort. No way!

simon1dog

Biden and his "jack boot ill-legal henchmen" don't want the results coming out on this. It'll prove what 99% of the world already knows, that Democrats cheated beyond all belief to get their loser in office. That's a fact, Jack.

1502

Arizona looks stupid with these audits.

JJB

Kudos to our AG Brnovich for putting the crazed obsessed with anything or anyone Trump hater(s) in their place! Stay strong and continue to fight for right.

@BigBob...The ol head in sand syndrome is still alive, sadly. Seriously? You talk about the cost of this audit, while the cost of Bidens actions and what he is costing this country is more of a concern to many of us. Biden and his cohorts are a disgrace to this great country and Biden/Harris to the office they hold.

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Sandan

"Bobber" is up early double-posting. Let it play-out, your not a Lawyer. Contrary to your beliefs, their are some that live in reality (not propaganda) and will let the process take its course. The telltale sign is when you start "posting booklets of propaganda", the rest of us know your nervous. The AG of Arizona must know something about law and the Constitution...he is the AG.

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BigBob

The Department of Justice has every right to “interfere” in this ridiculous sham taking place that has invalidated every ballot cast in Maricopa County and caused the county to spend millions to replace voting machines because of tampering by uncertified fools and when finally completed will make no difference in the outcome of the 2020 election that saw Joe Biden being elected by the American people to give each of us hope for a better nation and to replace a twice-impeached, lying, crook who spent four years following orders from Vladimir Putin.

As this coocoo for Coca Puffs joke moves on they are now looking at ballots in search of “photocopied ballots” – another of the stupid conspiracy garbage these morons have come up with. And “examining fibers” with no explanation what “fibers” they are looking for this time.

So far the sham company, Cyber Ninjas, with no expertise in auditing elections, has a great track record of chasing conspiracy shadows that led nowhere. The first was the twice-impeached idiots conspiracy theory about “watermarks” that would be revealed under UV light – nope, nothing showed up. Next was examining “folds” in the ballot to show they had been…folded? That also led nowhere. And the funniest of all was examining ballots in search of “40,000 ballots from China that were flown to Phoenix by a North Korean plane and ‘slipped into the box.” Yeah, that one also proved to be just more stupid crap.

What we have learned so far is that this is just another grift that has led to millions of dollars being donated by fools to line the pockets of some of our nation’s greatest con artists – Republicans.

The end result is nothing that comes from these clowns will mean anything because of the lack of security, black ink pens being found on tables with ballots on them, and just overall ignorance on the part of the uncertified fools allowed to handle the ballots, machines and other materials.

If this farce had been released as a movie it would have flopped because it is such a ridiculous premise as to be totally unbelievable, unless presented as a comedy.

1947

Only a simpleton would believe the election was not tampered with in someway. Technology, not black ink pens, is all that is needed.

BigBob

The Department of Justice has every right to “interfere” in this ridiculous sham taking place that has invalidated every ballot cast in Maricopa County and caused the county to spend millions to replace voting machines because of tampering by uncertified fools and when finally completed will make no difference in the outcome of the 2020 election that saw Joe Biden being elected by the American people to give each of us hope for a better nation and to replace a twice-impeached, lying, crook who spent four years following orders from Vladimir Putin.

As this coocoo for Coca Puffs joke moves on they are now looking at ballots in search of “photocopied ballots” – another of the stupid conspiracy garbage these morons have come up with. And “examining fibers” with no explanation what “fibers” they are looking for this time.

So far the sham company, Cyber Ninjas, with no expertise in auditing elections, has a great track record of chasing conspiracy shadows that led nowhere. The first was the twice-impeached idiots conspiracy theory about “watermarks” that would be revealed under UV light – nope, nothing showed up. Next was examining “folds” in the ballot to show they had been…folded? That also led nowhere. And the funniest of all was examining ballots in search of “40,000 ballots from China that were flown to Phoenix by a North Korean plane and ‘slipped into the box.” Yeah, that one also proved to be just more stupid crap.

What we have learned so far is that this is just another grift that has led to millions of dollars being donated by fools to line the pockets of some of our nation’s greatest con artists – Republicans.

The end result is nothing that comes from these clowns will mean anything because of the lack of security, black ink pens being found on tables with ballots on them, and just overall ignorance on the part of the uncertified fools allowed to handle the ballots, machines and other materials.

If this farce had been released as a movie it would have flopped because it is such a ridiculous premise as to be totally unbelievable, unless presented as a comedy.

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