Arizona senate contempt vote fails by one, Republican Paul Boyer broke ranks, “they deserve to be found in contempt”, Maricopa Board recall proceeds
“The certification of Arizona’s FALSE results is unethical and knowingly participating in the corruption that has disenfranchised AZ voters,” …Jenna Ellis
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”…Abraham Lincoln
“The resolution, introduced by Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, states that all five of Maricopa County’s board of supervisors are in contempt of the Arizona Senate for refusing to turn over access to election equipment and ballots that the Senate demanded for an audit. It also directs Fann to take “all legal action” to enforce the subpoena.”…Arizona Senate
From the Albuquerque Journal February 8, 2021.
“Republicans who control the Arizona Senate fell one vote short on Monday of holding the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in contempt for failing to turn over voting machines and ballots from the November election that lawmakers want to examine as they continue to question President Joe Biden’s win in the state.
One Republican member joined all 14 Democrats in voting against a contempt resolution. If the measure passed, the five-member board could have been subject to immediate arrest.
Republican Sen. Paul Boyer broke ranks, angering his fellow Republicans. He said finding the board in contempt while there’s still a chance for a solution was not the right thing to do.
“I’ve always said, so long as there’s hope for both sides to work with one another, I want to do all I can in my limited power to have us work amicably together,” Boyer said. “We still have time to work together on this.”
GOP Senate President Karen Fann leaned on Boyer to change his vote, saying that not passing the measure lets the board off the hook. The contempt resolution could be revived if Boyer agrees to back it.
Other Republicans blasted Boyer for breaking ranks.
Sen. Warren Peterson, who heads the Judiciary Committee and issued the subpoenas that the board is refusing to honor, said it was clear the board was being obstinate.
“The bottom line is we have made a request, issued a subpoena, and they have given us the finger,” Peterson said. “They refuse to comply with the subpoena. That’s why they’re in contempt. That’s why they deserve to be found in contempt.”
The Senate has been trying since mid-December to get access to ballots and other materials so they can do their own audit of the election results. They are prompted in part by the many Republicans who subscribe to unfounded claims that President Joe Biden won Arizona because of problems with vote counting. GOP senators say they’re just trying to boost voter confidence in elections.”
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