Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Lawmakers hesitate to hear Arizona election audit

October 7 (WNN) — Reps. Andy Biggs and Jamie Ruskin said Thursday during a congressional hearing on an audit of Arizona’s 2020 presidential election, which determined that President Joe Biden legitimately won the race.

Biggs, an Arizona Republican, claimed that “we don’t know” who won the state’s 11 electoral votes, despite the results of an audit last month that found Biden won 45,000 more votes than former President Donald Trump. The review also determined that there was no evidence of widespread fraud.

“Who won the election in Arizona, Donald Trump or Joe Biden,” Ruskin, a Democrat from Maryland, questioned Biggs.

“We don’t know because, as the audit shows, Mr. Ruskin, there are a lot of issues with this election,” Biggs said.

“That’s our problem,” replied Ruskin. “Unfortunately, we have one of the great political parties that has followed them to the brink of this electoral madness. It is dangerous for democracy. I am glad that we are hearing this today.”

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The House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing Thursday in Maricopa County to evaluate the audit and “threats to American democracy.”

Biggs accused Ruskin of “cherry-picking” information from audit reports to support the case reported by Biden. In return, Ruskin accused Biggs of perpetuating the “big lie” that the election was stolen from Trump.

Representative Carolyn Maloney, D.Y., chair of the committee, said the Arizona audit and others inspired by it are “highly partisan” and “not about fairness, election security, or truth.”

“They are instead designed to promote conspiracy theories and cast doubt on our elections. The ultimate purpose of these audits is even worse: to lay the groundwork for new laws that require Americans to cast their ballots. make it difficult, but easy for unscrupulous officials to reverse the results of an election they don’t like,” she said.

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