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It is near May of 2021 and there are still recounts and lawsuits involving he 2020 election as Democrats do their best to ignore everything and move forward.
But Republicans are making that dream incredibly tough as, now, the auditor of the Maricopa County, Arizona recount has been called on as an expert witness in a Michigan election case, The Washington Examiner reported.
The consulting firm hired by the Republican-led Senate in Arizona to conduct an audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County is also set to play a role in a lawsuit in Michigan.
A judge in the ever-expanding Michigan case, which is also focused on the 2020 election, said on Monday that the Florida-based Cyber Ninjas will be allowed to offer a rebuttal to a report that reaffirmed that human error, not Dominion Voting Systems machine software, led to early tabulation errors in Antrim County.
The plaintiff’s “expert witness” list submitted to Antrim County Circuit Judge Kevin Elsenheimer for responding to an analysis by J. Alex Halderman, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan, released by the Michigan Department of State, specifically names Cyber Ninjas owner Doug Logan, who has promoted allegations of voter fraud on social media.
In the face of critics who claim the Maricopa County audit is being conducted by “conspiracy theorists,” Logan has insisted that his personal views are irrelevant to the audit.
“I look forward to showing the media that this process is fully accountable and will yield results the public can have confidence in,” he said.
The Maricopa County audit includes a recount of approximately 2.1 million votes in Arizona’s most populous county. But more than that it includes follow-up interviews with voters and a forensic examination of voting machines used in the election.
Donald Trump issued a statement on the ongoing audit in Maricopa County on Tuesday.
“The Radical Left Democrat Party has gone absolutely INSANE in fighting the Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, right now taking place in the Great State of Arizona. They sent a team of over 100 lawyers to try and stop it because they know what the result of the Arizona Senate sponsored audit will be—and it won’t be good for the Dems. The audit is independently run, with no advantage to either side, but the Democrats don’t want to hear anything about it because they know that they lost Arizona, and other scam election States, in a LANDSLIDE. They also know that the Arizona State Legislature approved virtually none of their many election requests, which is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL. The people of Arizona are very angry, as are the people of our Country. If we can’t have free and fair elections, we don’t have a Country. The audit must continue. America deserves the TRUTH!” he said.
And this weekend a judge in the Maricopa County audit had to recuse himself, making the audit even more dramatic.
Late on Sunday night, a Superior Court judge had to recuse himself from overseeing the recount after new documents came in, ABC15 reported.
Judge Christopher Coury said his recusal came after receiving new documents from attorneys defending Cyber Ninja’s, the company that was hired by Arizona Senate Republicans to conduct the audit.
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The lawsuit, filed by the Arizona Democratic Party on Thursday, asked Coury to grant a temporary restraining order to stop the audit from moving forward after the party raised security concerns.
On Friday, Judge Coury ruled that the audit could be paused if Arizona Democrats paid a $1 million bond to cover any losses endured during the stop of work. State democrats declined to do that.
“In the documents filed today, several attorneys appeared whose names previously were not on notices of appearance prior to Friday’s hearing. That is not surprising, given the short fuse in which the hearings have proceeded. The involvement of one attorney whose name appeared on the filings for the first time today requires me to recuse,” Judge Coury said in an email to the attorneys on the case.