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Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers is stepping up her attacks on state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, demanding that he worry less about sending out threatening letters and start taking legal action against people who were allegedly involved in nefarious activities during the 2020 election.
“Less letters, more subpoenas. Less requests, more warrants. Less talk, more arrests,” she tweeted Monday, before directing one at Brnovich specifically.
Less letters, more subpoenas. Less requests, more warrants. Less talk, more arrests.
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) October 11, 2021
“Good night to everyone but @GeneralBrnovich who hasn’t done anything yet to fix our broken elections! Start arresting people!” she said in a separate Twitter post.
Good night to everyone but @GeneralBrnovich who hasn’t done anything yet to fix our broken elections! Start arresting people!
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) October 12, 2021
Brnovich is also under pressure by another, far more well-known Republican: Former President Donald Trump.
“The lackluster Attorney General of Arizona, Mark Brnovich, has to get on the ball and catch up with the great Republican Patriots in the Arizona State Senate,” Trump said in a statement in May. “As massive crime in the 2020 Election is becoming more and more evident and obvious, Brnovich is nowhere to be found.”
The Arizona Republic noted in an editorial published Tuesday, however, that Brnovich doesn’t have anything to work towards in terms of legally holding anyone responsible, which has put him in a tough spot, politically, as he seeks to knock off Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) during next year’s midterms:
Brnovich’s sin? He hadn’t thrown in with the conspiracy crowd and the grifters who convinced a shockingly high number of Republicans that Arizona’s election was stolen. The AG even acknowledged in November that Joe Biden won, a statement that is a sacrilege in some GOP circles.
Since getting hit with the “lackluster” tag, Brnovich has been working overtime to out-Republican the competition in the crowded Senate GOP primary. He’s turned the Attorney General’s Office into a campaign annex.
But several other Republicans believe enough evidence was found to warrant some action on the part of Brnovich.
“With all of the evidence of incompetence and criminality that’s been presented to the Arizona Senate, to Congress and now to the Arizona Attorney General, the Maricopa County election should not be allowed to stand,” state Rep. Mark Finchem, a Trump-endorsed candidate for secretary of state, said on Saturday during Trump’s Iowa rally.
And Kari Lake, the GOP frontrunner in the governor’s race, wants Brnovich to file criminal charges against Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.
“She’s basically the mastermind of the 2020 election…,” she said during an appearance on Steve Bannon’s podcast late last month, shortly after the Maricopa County audit results were released. “We have proof and evidence and he (Brnovich) needs to, right now, make it a crime scene.”
“Frankly, I think she should be locked up,” Lake added during an Oct. 2 rally in Cave Creek.
“They admit they hid evidence! #Crime,” Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward tweeted on Monday.
And Rogers also wants to arrest the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
“I am about to go scorched earth if I don’t see progress from the Arizona AG soon,” state Sen. Wendy Rogers tweeted on Friday.
“Start calling and emailing the Arizona Attorney General,” she tweeted on Tuesday. “Tell him to do his job and make arrests of the people the Arizona Senate caught deleting election files.”
Rogers has also called on the state to recall Arizona’s electoral votes, which went to President Biden, but Fann said that the state Senate lacks the authority to recall electors.
“The Senate body — we do not have the authority to do that. So, this is what we have said, and I want to make this very clear on the record,” Fann told One America News.
“We as a Senate body — we have the ability to subpoena information because we make laws. And we’re entitled to have the information to determine how to write those laws. That’s why we are successful in court, and that’s what we’re doing. It’s all about election integrity. It’s not about the Trump-Biden race. It’s not about the Kelly-Martha McSally race,” she added.