In a hearing Friday afternoon, Republican Senate President Karen Fann acknowledged that Cyber Ninjas’ final vote totals were close to the official Maricopa County tally.
“That is a true statement. They were close,” Fann said in the state Senate chambers at the start of the event, which did not include public comment or questions.
But Fann also flagged areas of concern from the report, saying it showed some procedures weren’t properly followed.
House Democrats on Thursday called on Cyber Ninjas’ CEO, Doug Logan, to testify at a hearing on Oct. 7, following his “repeated refusal” to comply with their investigation of the “questionable audit.”
The Arizona Senate Republicans commissioned Cyber Ninjas despite it having no election-auditing experience. Logan in December tweeted the hashtag #StoptheSteal that had become a slogan among Trump and his supporters who claimed his election loss to Biden was rigged.
A month later, on Jan. 6, Trump spoke at a “Stop the Steal” rally outside the White House, where he directed his followers to march to the Capitol to pressure Republicans to object to key states’ Electoral College results. Hundreds of Trump’s supporters invaded the Capitol, forcing a joint session of Congress into hiding and temporarily stopping them from confirming Biden’s victory.
Last month, Cyber Ninjas missed a deadline to submit its full report, in part because Logan and two others got “quite sick” with the coronavirus, state Republicans said at the time.
Maricopa County and spokespeople for the state Republicans did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for further comment on the draft report findings.
Democrats, as well as some Republicans, in Arizona have decried the audit as being politically motivated and incompetently conducted. Election experts have also spoken out against the review and its handling by Cyber Ninjas.
House Oversight Committee leaders Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Jamie Raskin, D-Md., in July sent a list of concerns to Logan, citing his firm’s lack of experience, reports about “sloppy and insecure” practices, and evidence that those funding the effort “have sought to advance the ‘big lie’ of debunked voter fraud allegations.”
The Democrats sought records from Cyber Ninjas, which refused to comply with the requests, arguing that the lawmakers’ requests were “vague,” “poorly defined” or “overburdensome.”
In a letter to Logan on Thursday, Maloney and Raskin said, “It is critical that you testify before the Committee to address your company’s participation in the Maricopa County audit, the issues raised in this letter and the Committee’s previous letters to you, and your unjustified refusal to produce documents to the Committee.”
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