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                 President Donald J. Trump gave his full support to Arizona conservatives, who are still investigating the handling of the 2020 presidential election, and he expressed confidence that state Attorney General Mark Brnovich would take action on the findings of the Maricopa County audit and other investigations Saturday at his Canyon Moon Ranch rally in Florence, Arizona. The president said he was counting on state Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate how the 2020 presidential election was handled in Arizona. “We’re now anxiously awaiting for Attorney General Brnovich, and hopefully, he’s going to do his job,” he said. “I think he’s a good man. I think he’s going to do his job,” he said. “We’ll find out. I think it’s a very easy job to do because anybody with any common sense is going to look, and they’re going to take a look, and they’re going to say this was a total fraud,” he said. “All we want him to do is his job. Well, he’s got to move quickly.” This week, President Biden, VP Harris, & U.S. Senate...
    Afternoon thunderstorms caused a leak in the facility where workers moved operations for an audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, but ballots are safe, a representative for Arizona Senate Republican's review said Friday. Phoenix and other parts of the state have experienced heavy rainfall and flash flooding, leading to roof damage to the facility where the GOP-led state Senate's audit team transported materials from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum earlier this month. "No ballots are at risk," Randy Pullen, a spokesman for the review, told the Arizona Republic. Audit workers quickly pulled ballot boxes away from the leaks inside the Wesley Bolin Building, Pullen said, adding four leaks are stemming from specific spots, such as ducts in the ceiling. TRUMP SLAMS ARIZONA SENATE REPUBLICAN WHO SAID MARICOPA AUDIT 'MAKES US LOOK LIKE IDIOTS' Fairgrounds management was called to fix the leaks inside the building, located at the south side of the area, Pullen said, noting the leaks would be an easy fix. Senate President Karen Fann hired contractors, led by the firm Cyber Ninjas, to manage the election audit...
    Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Fox News’ Bret Baier for reporting on Arizona’s 2020 election results and Joe Biden’s subsequent victory in becoming president. “Fox News and other media outlets incorrectly side with the outdated and terrible Maricopa County Election Board to report no fraud found in the Presidential Election,” Trump complained. “They spew the gross misinformation purposefully put out by the county and the Associated Press, and IGNORE the very important Arizona Senate’s hearing yesterday.” Trump was referring to the widely–mocked effort being undertaken by his supporters to legally dispute the 2020 results from Maricopa County. More specifically, Trump was focusing on a state senate hearing which took place on Thursday. The event ripe with spectacle and dark innuendos about the integrity of the election, though the accusations that emerged from it have been picked apart by election officials and by local media. Trump has pushed several of the misleading claims from the hearing in recent days, and he did so again as he railed against Maricopa County for ratifying their election results. He then turned...
    Multiple women claimed a man who worked in the Republican-backed Arizona election audit made unwanted sexual advances towards them. The aggressive and angry outbursts, one woman told Arizona's Family Investigates, 'seemed to stem from some type of anger over women having authority over him.' Another woman told the Arizona TV news station, 'Any time he would come across someone he considered attractive or a woman, he would harass them, things like trying to demand dates, things like making sexual comments.' She said the comments turned into unwanted touching and other physical advances but didn't go into detail about how far the physical contact went.  Arizona's election audit - some of whose workers are pictured in Phoenix on May 1 - has been hit by claims that multiple women were sexually harassed by a male worker  The unidentified sex pest is accused of inflicting unwanted touching on women, and commenting on their bodies. He is also said to have raged at female bosses   Former President Donald Trump claimed her lost Arizona because there was fraud, which sparked a Republican-backed audit...
    Arizona’s election “audit” is turning into all-out war between Republicans in the state Senate and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which is itself majority-Republican. The conspiracy theory-driven count of Maricopa County’s votes is a “sham,” a “con,” and “a spectacle that is harming all of us,” the board wrote in a purely amazing letter to state Senate President Karen Fann, responding to a letter from Fann and social media posts from a related Twitter account. They also said they would refuse to attend a meeting called by Fann, with one Republican supervisor describing it, during a public meeting of the board, as “political theater broadcast on live stream by OAN.” They’re not wrong, and their letter offers even more excruciating details to add to what we know about the effort to undermine Maricopa County’s election result to bolster Donald Trump’s Big Lie. To recap, we knew that state Senate Republicans had retained Cyber Ninjas, a firm that has no election experience but is headed by a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist, to “audit” the Maricopa County ballots—which have already been reviewed and audited by professional...
    The cost faced by taxpayers in Arizona's most populous county to reform the sheriff's department will have reached at least $202 million by the end of next year, according to an analysis published Monday by The Associated Press. The AP reported that Maricopa County officials approved a budget this week that would allocate $31 million this year to cover costs incurred by court orders affecting traffic enforcement and other areas of the sheriff's department. The costs are the result of a lawsuit that concluded with a court finding former Sheriff Joe Arpaio responsible for implementing changes that specifically targeted Latino residents. The total cost of the lawsuit is expected to reach more than $200 million by the summer of 2022, according to the AP's analysis, and is reportedly showing no signs of slowing down. Arpaio was defiant in a statement to the AP Monday in which he defended his department's policy on traffic stops, which a court declared was racially motivated. The former sheriff was convicted of criminal contempt of court in 2017 for refusing to obey an order to stop his...
    A man accused of murder escaped from police custody at Atlanta’s airport. Jason Carlos Strover, 20, got away from two Maricopa County deputies who had removed his leg restraints so he could walk down a flight of steps on Thursday morning, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. THREE MEN CHARGED WITH FEDERAL HATE CRIMES IN CONNECTION TO DEATH OF AHMAUD ARBERY He is wanted in Maricopa County, Arizona, on charges of first-degree murder, attempt to commit first-degree murder, and aggravated assault. Strover was arrested on April 12 and the deputies were supposed to transport him back to Arizona. “At the time, there were two Maricopa County deputies with him,” Fulton County Sheriff Patrick Labat told reporters. “At the point that they proceeded out, they removed the leg restraints to escort him down the steps and at that point he pushed past them.” CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Strover was last seen entering the woods wearing a white T-shirt, black sweatpants, and a navy blue jacket. He has a tattoo on his neck that...
    (CNN)Atlanta police are assisting Arizona authorities in the search of a homicide suspect who escaped custody at the Atlanta airport Thursday morning. Investigators from Maricopa County, Arizona, were transporting Jsaan Carlos Strover, 20, from Georgia to Arizona when he escaped just before 9 a.m at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, police said.Strover was handcuffed at the time of his escape, police said. They have not released any additional details on what happened. Strover was last seen wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans and no shoes, police said.Police asked people with information about Strover, who is 6-foot-3, 150 pounds, to call 404-577-TIPS (8477). A reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to his arrest is being offered.Read MoreCNN has reached out to Maricopa County officials for more about Strover's alleged crime.
    Getty Infowars founder Alex Jones speaks into a bullhorn at the Texas State Capital building on April 18, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Alex Jones is the conspiracy theorist who appeared at a rally in support of Donald Trump at the Maricopa County Elections Department on November 5. Jones, 46, the Texas-based founder of InfoWars, has been an outspoken supporter of Trump ever since the president announced his candidacy for president in 2015. Speaking to NBC Phoenix, multiple protesters that they are seeking for election officials to be held “accountable” for their actions. At the time of writing, both Fox News and the Associated Press have called Arizona for former Vice President Joe Biden. On November 5, Biden’s lead in the state decreased. Neither Fox News and or the AP have rescinded their calls. Alex Jones leading the chant, “BIDEN FOR PRISON” outside the Maricopa County election center pic.twitter.com/QTbEoDCCJi — Tristan Justice (@JusticeTristan) November 6, 2020 November 5 marked the second day of protests outside of the counting facility. Around 10 p.m. Eastern Time, Twitter users...
    A CLOSER LOOK AT ARIZONA State officials say there are about 450,000 votes still to be counted in Arizona, a Western presidential battleground state, where Biden has a 2.35 percentage point lead over Trump, an advantage of about 68,000 votes. The Associated Press has called the race in Arizona for Democrat Joe Biden. The AP said Thursday it is monitoring the vote count in the state as ballots continued to be tallied. “The Associated Press continues to watch and analyze vote count results from Arizona as they come in,” said Sally Buzbee, AP’s executive editor. “We will follow the facts in all cases.” The vast majority of the ballots still being counted are from Maricopa County, the most populous area of the state. The next update from elections officials in Arizona is expected around 9 p.m. EST. The Trump campaign says it is confident the president will overtake Biden when all votes in the state are tallied. The AP called the race in Arizona for Biden at 2:50 a.m. EST Wednesday after an analysis of ballots cast statewide concluded...
    Supporters of President Trump took to an Arizona elections center Wednesday night to demand that workers keep counting votes, according to multiple reports.  Several hundred demonstrators gathered at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office, located outside of Phoenix, Ariz. “Count those votes!” they were heard yelling, according to The Arizona Republic. ARIZONA AG INVESTIGATES WHETHER SHARPIE USERS' BALLOTS WERE REJECTED IN BATTLEGROUND STATE President Donald Trump supporters kneel as they rally, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, outside the Maricopa County Recorders Office in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) The protests came as the president claimed there were major problems with the voting and the ballot counting in the state. Trump's team demanded a recount in Wisconsin and filed a lawsuit in Michigan to stop ballots from being counted. Trump won Florida, Ohio, Texas and others, while Biden carried Arizona, Minnesota and New Hampshire, according to the Fox News Decision Desk.   The president's reelection campaign has maintained that Trump can win the state and called for heightened transparency into the counting of ballots there. Maricopa is the largest county in Arizona, home to the state capital of Phoenix...
    Dozens of pro-Trump protesters marched outside the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix after tension arose over the results from the presidential election. Reporter Justin Lum of KSAZ-TV posted video of the peaceful demonstration on Wednesday. Trump supporters waved American flags and Trump campaign signs while chanting "four more years," in support of the re-election campaign. Other video showed them chanting "shame on Fox!" which could have been in reference to controversy over the Fox News channel declaring Arizona a victory for Joe Biden. Pro-Trump rally starting at Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. At least one guy wielding military-style rifle. Some chanti… https://t.co/EMCpdPWnQ1 — Simon Romero (@Simon Romero)1604543025.0 Protesters then marched to the Maricopa County Recorder's building where officials were still counting the ballots from the election.About 200 people now gathering in front of the Maricopa County Elections Department. #AZ2020 https://t.co/HF8MAzdhKB — Gadi Schwartz (@Gadi Schwartz)1604546695.0Outside the building, speakers encouraged Trump supporters and mocked the media. Image Source: YouTube screenshot Police officers guarded the front of the building to keep protesters...
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said his office has received hundreds of complaints by voters who said Sharpies were provided to them to fill in their ballot in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix. "Voters are concerned that the use of Sharpies may have caused ballots to be rejected, spoiled, or cancelled," said Brnovich, a Republican, in a letter he shared on Twitter on Wednesday. His office is requesting that Maricopa County election officials confirm to his office which voting stations used Sharpies, the process in which a ballot is canceled, and how many ballots cast were rejected, among other details of how officials functioned on Election Day. We have received hundreds of voter complaints regarding Sharpies at polling locations. Accordingly, we sent this letter to Maricopa County election officials. Let's get some answers. Read our letter here: https://t.co/c6FSFZiNj7 pic.twitter.com/HnZ16UTTrs— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich) November 4, 2020 Other state and county officials have confirmed that Sharpies are legitimate utensils that can be used to fill out a ballot. "If you voted a regular ballot in-person, your ballot will be counted, no matter...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Jury trials have resumed in Maricopa County Superior Court after weeks of being put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. The trials were initially suspended in March and the stoppage lasted until June 15. At that point, trials were allowed again on a limited basis with increased health protocols. But when COVID-19 cases in Arizona spiked in early July, all new jury trials were suspended July 9. That order expired July 31 and jury trials were allowed to recommence Monday. Phoenix radio station KTAR-FM reports Maricopa County Superior Court will continue with health protocols that include symptom screenings, temperature checks and mask mandates in the courtroom, limited elevator and juror bus capacity, and plexiglass installed in courtrooms. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Arizona
    Authorities on Wednesday announced an arrest in an arson fire that destroyed much of the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters. Phoenix police said 29-year-old Matthew Egler was booked on one count of arson of an occupied structure. In charging documents obtained by KPNX-TV in Phoenix, police said Egler has been a volunteer for the Maricopa County Democratic Party but was banned for behavioral reasons. Investigators say the fire was retaliation after being recently rejected as a volunteer again. “We are deeply saddened and shocked by today’s news, but appreciate the swift action by law enforcement to ensure that the suspect is in custody," state and county Democratic leaders said in a statement. ARIZONA DEMOCRATIC PARTY HQ BUILDING FIRE WAS ARSON, POLICE SAY  A message left at a cellphone number listed for Egler's family was not immediately returned. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney to speak on his behalf. Police in the charging documents also mention that Egler discussed starting the fire and his “discontentment” with county Democratic officials in a Twitter account. FILE...
    1 of 2FILE - A booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Phoenix shows Matthew Egler. Authorities on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, announced the arrest of Egler, 29, on one count of arson for a fire that destroyed much of the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)1 of 2FILE - A booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Phoenix shows Matthew Egler. Authorities on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, announced the arrest of Egler, 29, on one count of arson for a fire that destroyed much of the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP) PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday announced an arrest in an arson fire that destroyed much of the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters. Phoenix police said 29-year-old Matthew Egler was booked on one count of arson of an occupied structure. In charging documents obtained by KPNX-TV in Phoenix, police said Egler has been a volunteer for the Maricopa County Democratic Party but was banned...
    Law enforcement officials believe a fire that broke out at the Arizona Democratic Party's state headquarters in Phoenix was set intentionally. No one was in the building at the time of the fire, which broke out in the middle of the night shortly after midnight on Friday, and there were no reported injuries, according to AZ Central. Phoenix Fire Investigation Task Force and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigators are examining the details surrounding the fire. Phoenix police spokeswoman Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said the incident is being investigated as an arson due to evidence at the scene, but she did not specify what has been discovered. The chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, Felecia Rotellini, said her group is cooperating with law enforcement and noted it is "too soon" to assess the extent of damage caused by the fire. “The investigators are scheduled to be at the scene at 8 a.m., so we don’t know anything right now. But we’re very fortunate that everyone is safe and in this virtual environment. We can continue to run the party...
    Arizona authorities are investigating a fire at the state Democratic Party headquarters in Phoenix that caused significant damage Friday morning. Flames and heavy smoke reportedly billowed out of the building around 1 a.m., with firefighters entering to search for anyone inside before dousing the blaze, The Arizona Republic reported. Nobody was inside the headquarters at the time, and the Phoenix fire and police departments are working together to determine the fire's cause. "At this point, it's too soon to tell" the extent of the damage, said Felecia Rotellini, chair of the state Democratic Party. "The investigators are scheduled to be at the scene at 8 a.m. so we don't know anything right now, but we're very fortunate that everyone is safe and in this virtual environment. We can continue to run the party and do everything we need to do for November. The damaged appears to have been particularly bad on the north side of the building, where the Maricopa County Democratic Party keeps its offices Maricopa Democratic chair Steven Slugocki said he thinks that all of county party's files, computers, and phones were destroyed in...
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