State attorney general warns feds against interfering with election audit

The state Senate in Arizona is auditing the 2020 election results from Maricopa County because of suspicions of misbehavior in the counting process, and Joe Biden’s attorney general, Merrick Garland, has threatened to interfere.

Already, one state senator in Arizona, Wendy Rogers, has counseling Garland to stay out of the way and now the state’s attorney general, Mark Brnovich, is making clear his state’s position on possible Washington manipulation of the audit.

“Late last week, you made troubling comments about the ongoing efforts in states to ensure election integrity. Your statements displayed an alarming disdain for state sovereignty as defined under the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution and the election provisions in Articles I and 11,” Brnovich wrote to Garland. “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.

“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. We stand ready to defend federalism and state sovereignty against any partisan attacks or federal overreach. It is important to remember that the states created the federal government, not the other way around. America’s founders intentionally restrained the federal government’s constitutional boundaries to ensure each state could flourish in unique ways. Today, our federal government has largely forgotten the Founders’ intent, but my office has not.”

The Gateway Pundit published the letter, with the comment, “The Biden administration forgets a lot. They must have forgotten about states’ rights.”

The letter to Garland also noted that there are no issues that are more important for states to the “integrity” of elections.

“Today, we see mistrust in our elections from Americans on all sides of the political spectrum. This should not be a partisan issue. States can and should take every opportunity to reassure all citizens that their vote
counts,” Brnovich wrote.

Garland had said he’s beefing up the number of lawyers in his Civil Rights Division to investigate voter rights. He warned he would “not hesitate to act.”

Rogers reacted immediately, with, “You will not touch Arizona ballots or machines unless you want to spend time in an Arizona prison. Maybe you should focus on stopping terrorism…”

The U.S. Constitution, in fact, gives state lawmakers authority over state elections.

Rogers added that her state will not “tolerate this federal meddling.”

The concern about what Garland might try was raised not by just his comments, but by a warning from a lawyer who has been pursuing a lawsuit over the accuracy of the vote count in one Michigan County.

Lawyer Matthew DePerno has a lawsuit over Antrim County voting procedures, which he said could have been manipulated, on appeal.

He said, “A source tells me Merrick Garland and the DOJ are weighing two options.”

One would be to “shut down the AZ audit by seizing everything…”

Many state legislatures have adopted new regulations for their elections following the 2020 presidential race that was rife with accusations of election fraud and mismanagement.

“Fact-checkers” across the country repeatedly have claimed that the elections were run without significant issues, but the fact is that courts almost uniformly refused to even consider the evidence provided in hundreds of sworn statements and more.

Several states still are running audits of their results.

What is not in dispute is that in multiple states various officials simply changed state laws to accommodate the ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic, even though the Constitution allows only state legislatures to make those changes.

Further, there’s still no quantification of any impact that might have resulted from $400 million from Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg that was turned over to various local election commissions on the condition that the leftist organizations he chose could have a hand in running the voting.

Garland claimed those voter integrity laws have been aimed at making “it harder to vote.”

And he charged that those audits “may undermine public confidence in our democracy.”

The Examiner noted the 2020 elections “saw an expansion of early and mail-in voting because of the coronavirus pandemic. When President Joe Biden claimed victory over former President Donald Trump, many Republican-led states disagreed with the results and challenged them at the Supreme Court.”

While that court did not accept that case for review, Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito said it should have been heard. Later, after the high court refused to even hear another case, Thomas said the court was in a position to calm fears about election integrity and suggested that should have happened.

“By doing nothing, we invite further confusion and erosion of voter confidence,” he warned.

Via Wnd