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Arizona GOP State Senator Sonny Borrelli dropped quite a few bombs about the Arizona election audit.
During an interview with GWP, Borrelli spoke with Jordan Conradson about the audit, what’s expected to happen next, and what Republicans are doing to quell efforts from Maricopa County and the Secretary of State to thwart the audit.
Below is a transcript of the exchange:
Conradson: So there’s, there’s a lot of concerns out there about Adjournment, Sine Die, The Senate not being able to obtain these materials from the County, and the audit not being able to complete, that’s what some people think. can you reassure us that the Senate will obtain these materials, and the audit will be completed?
Borrelli: Sure, I mean it goes right back down to here’s the facts we were not in session when we issued subpoenas back in December, and then we renewed them in January so those subpoenas are are still valid, they’re still active. We don’t need to be in session. Our legislative authority on investigations do not end at Sine Die. We open this folder or case for if you will if you want to call it that. Back in December. That’s when we issued a subpoena through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Once the audit is completed, that information is going to come back to the Senate Judiciary Committee for review and for action. And if action needs to be done, it will be referred to the showing House and Senate election integrity committee that was established in the budget process, orally, to start a new type of committee like a standing committee or anything like that.
Once we get the audit results, the Senate Committee will hear it, the Judiciary Committee will hear and we will make recommendations to go forward on that. And then that special committee will make recommendations. And the reason why it’s a joint House and Senate committee hearing because any kind of decisions that need to be made that is going to be extreme if you will, is going to have to be vetted through the full body of the House and the Senate. So this is fast, it’s a great way to fast track anything if, just in case the governor needs to do, does need to call us in for a special session that committee is what will determine the urgency of having a special session. The governor does not need to call us in to follow through and finish up the audit, we are fully vetted to do the whole thing. We don’t need the governor to intervene, to call us in, or anything like that. This is in play, whether we’re in session or not, the legislature’s investigative authority does not stop at Sine Die, so it’s going to continue on until the end, period.
Conradson: When can we expect either the County to comply with the subpoenas or the subpoenas to be enforced?
Borrelli: That’s a good question now, you know, we’re still pushing on them, they keep saying that they’re not going to comply, no matter what. But there are other tools in the toolbox that we’re examining and after they’re done finishing up. If you’ve been down there at the Coliseum and watching it, they’re going through another, not a hand count, The machine count, counting every ballot so that way you got a hand count, a count of those ballots and check them out, check it twice.And we’re running through the machine process, see if the numbers jive and want to make sure that we’re accurate, you know, everybody’s wanting answers now. Everybody’s used to instant potatoes and instant rice. Look, this is something that we can’t have any mistakes on, it’s gotta be 100% accurate. We need accuracy not speed. On election night, let’s face it, you know, the pressure is on for speed to get the results in. There’s no sense of urgency here for speed, we don’t have a dead deadline date we need to get this done accurately, and we have to make sure that our findings are bulletproof because we know its going to get challenged in court. This is probably going to be the most challenged to audit litigated in probably US history or world history. So we got to make sure that we are 100% accurate on any of the findings that we find, and we will go from there.
Arizona GOP Chairwoman Dr. Kelli Ward recently provided a major update on the audit and what comes next.
Last week, it was revealed that a whopping nine state delegations will tour the Maricopa County audit facility on Friday.
Ward, who threatened that there “could be arrests of people who are refusing to comply,” says the audit could be completed much sooner than expected.