A claim that Sen. President Karen Fann signed a secret deal that allows Maricopa County to avoid providing access to key evidence to auditors of the 2020 Maricopa County general election is being labeled “fake news.” Fann quickly shot down the claim in an email response to alarmed viewers of a video made by “citizen jouranlist” (sic), Gail Golec.
Golec claimed that the agreement reached between the Arizona Senate and Maricopa County “is not a Win as reported.” Golec alleges that the Senate’s attorney Kory Langhofer “has been doing his best, to water down the results of this audit and the MCBOS.”
Golec is referring to the agreement reached in September that provides for a Special Master to assist the Senate and Maricopa County in making safely available sensitive computer information subpoenaed by the Senate. The materials in question include the County’s splunk logs and router.
Because of the County’s obstruction and insistence that the materials were too sensitive to turn over to the Senate’s auditors, Sen. Fann agreed to the intervention of a Special Master. The Special Master, former Congressman John Shadegg, is tasked with getting the information the Senate auditors’ need while ensuring the County’s law enforcement agency information is uncompromised.
Golec writes, “[W]e do not have a guarantee that our Auditors, Doug Logan and Ben Cotton will be able to review the data. We can NOT obtain copies of the data reviewed, nor can the Hickman lobbyist Shedeggs,(sic) hand picked (sic) NDA protected technicians see the routers while they are connected to the Internet, just to name a few of the beauties in this Agreement.”
Golec complains that “this is not being reported anywhere else,” which for many involved in the audit came as welcome news.
In her very detailed response to Golec’s claims, Fann explain how the Senate came to agree to the assignment of a Special Master.
“In response to the questions or concerns about the agreement on the routers,” wrote Fann. “We have tried for months to obtain the routers and splunk logs to explain some of the abnormalities found during the analysis of the machines. Maricopa County contacted us and asked if we would be interested in a settlement to the 1497 claim in lieu of them filing a lawsuit preventing the auditors to physically have the routers. We believe the judge would have ordered this same compromise after we endured more endless delays in obtaining the information needed. The agreement reached is the basis of building the terms and conditions to ensure we receive everything the auditors need from the routers and splunk logs.”
On Tuesday, the Arizona Attorney General’s Election Integrity Unit has begun an investigation of the 2020 Maricopa County general election based on the auditors’ findings to date.
The Election Integrity Unit (EIU) sent a letter to the Arizona Senate requesting supporting documents from the audit report. It has also advised Maricopa County to preserve all documents and data related to the 2020 election.
The investigation came at the request of Fann, who urged Attorney General Mark Brnovich to begin an investigation, a because “Arizona voters deserve an unimpeachable electoral process.”
Fann’s email response in its entirety:
The majority of the audit report has been presented to the Arizona Senate and has been turned over to the Arizona Attorney General. He has opened a formal investigation to verify the data and take action. The Senate’s job is setting policy thru legislation and ensuring Arizona laws are complying with election integrity. We are introducing bills to make sure election integrity is the utmost priority. The AG’s job is to enforce those laws and determine if laws were broken, whether intentionally or fraudulently. With a full investigation, he has the authority to order depositions, canvass voters, and compel Maricopa County to comply in producing everything he requires to hold people accountable. Some of the information in the audit report showing abnormal vote counts is labeled “incomplete” since additional information was still needed to absolutely confirm their findings. The AG will be able to obtain this missing information to complete and confirm those large discrepancies.
Many of you have written demanding the Senate to decertify the electors which is something we cannot do according to our constitution. Should the courts find malfeasance in the 2020 elections to a degree it could change the outcome of the winners, we can offer legislation to correct the official vote counts and ask the courts to declare those specific races invalid. Passing this legislation would require 31 votes in the House chamber and 16 votes in the Senate chamber. (The 31 and 16 still holds true even with the unfilled seats) At this time we do not have the required votes to even hold the Board of Supervisors in contempt for not complying with our subpoenas.
In response to the questions or concerns about the agreement on the routers. We have tried for months to obtain the routers and splunk logs to explain some of the abnormalities found during the analysis of the machines. Maricopa County contacted us and asked if we would be interested in a settlement to the 1497 claim in lieu of them filing a lawsuit preventing the auditors to physically have the routers. We believe the judge would have ordered this same compromise after we endured more endless delays in obtaining the information needed. The agreement reached is the basis of building the terms and conditions to ensure we receive everything the auditors need from the routers and splunk logs. Former Congressman John Shadegg will serve as the special master to help facilitate this mission. He is an honorable man, having served in congress for over 15 years, succeeding Congressman Jon Kyle, who became our U.S Senator. Mr. Shadegg is an attorney and has the qualifications to serve as a special master. There will be IT experts/firms hired who will do the physical extrapolation of the data the auditors need. We are working out the details of how that would work, who would do this work, and the format to ensure we have absolute proof and confidence in their work. The Senate did not give up any of our rights to continue pursuing the truth or additional data needed in the future. We still hold the right to issue new subpoenas at any time.
The audit has been a painstaking process with all the lawsuits filed, lack of cooperation from Maricopa County, and the constant biased “reporting” from the liberal media and democratic organizations. We believe they have tried everything to stop this audit and mislead the public. It appears they have tried to disparage the reputations and good character of anyone who has worked on this audit. We did not stop, and our work is only the beginning with this audit. Your prayers and support are what kept us going through all the challenges. We are eternally grateful to all the wonderful patriots who dedicated thousands of hours volunteering to accomplish this feat. Please don’t let false information destroy all the hard work it’s taken to get this audit complete. It is the first of it’s kind in the nation and will set precedence for election integrity in all our states. Let’s stand strong together to see this thru to the end. There’s a saying “it takes a village….”. Our new saying is “it takes a nation of strong patriots to keep our elections honest and our country free” We are all on the same side and wanting the same thing. God Bless you and your families.