Congressional Oversight Committee Demands Audit Documents From Cyber Ninjas

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The country   wrong  the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum during the audit.

The country wrong the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum during the audit.

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Two ranking Democratic members of Congress are demanding that the organizers of the Arizona predetermination audit manus implicit records, citing interest that the audit is an effort to "promote baseless conspiracy theories."

New York Representative Carolyn Maloney, who chairs the House Committee connected Oversight and Reform, and Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin, who chairs the Subcommittee connected Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, issued a missive contiguous requesting that the backstage institution down the alleged predetermination audit successful Arizona nutrient definite documents by July 28.

The missive is directed to Doug Logan, the CEO of the Florida-based institution Cyber Ninjas. Logan and his steadfast were selected by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann to tally the audit of ballots formed successful Maricopa County successful the 2020 predetermination contempt his documented enthusiasm for spreading conspiracy theories astir the 2020 election.

In the letter, the lawmakers laid into Cyber Ninja's handling of the predetermination audit and requested that Logan nutrient a big of documents, specified arsenic records regarding the financing of the audit, the conspiracy theories raised by Logan, and the company's procedures. They besides requested each communications betwixt Logan oregon different Cyber Ninjas employees and erstwhile President Donald Trump, his representatives, erstwhile members of his administration, Rudy Giuliani, and others.

"We are acrophobic astir your company’s relation successful this highly antithetic effort, fixed Cyber Ninjas’ apparent
deficiency of acquisition successful conducting election-related audits; reports that the institution engaged in
sloppy and insecure audit practices that compromised the integrity of ballots and voting
instrumentality and were questioned by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); and grounds that you
and different individuals backing the audit person sought to beforehand the 'big lie' of debunked voter
fraud allegations successful the November 2020 statesmanlike election," the missive states. "The Committee is seeking to find whether the privately funded audit conducted by your institution successful Arizona protects the close to ballot oregon is alternatively an effort to beforehand baseless conspiracy theories, undermine assurance successful America’s elections, and reverse the effect of a escaped and just predetermination for partisan gain."

Doug Logan and Cyber Ninjas did not respond to a petition for comment. Ken Bennett, the Senate liaison for the audit, besides did not respond to a petition for comment.

The missive comes aft the Arizona predetermination audit, which took spot astatine the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum successful Phoenix, received a blitz of nationalist scrutiny successful caller months. The full matter is rife with absurdities and has been wide criticized arsenic a partisan farce. The audit organizers famously told the media that they were looking for trace amounts of bamboo successful ballots based connected the mentation that ballots were smuggled successful from Asia. Maricopa County had to buy caller ballot tabulation equipment owed to concerns that machines had been tampered with by Cyber Ninjas. Meanwhile, the Arizona Rangers, a quasi-law enforcement radical that provided information for the audit, is fundraising disconnected the effort.

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, who has pushed the audit from the get-go, precocious admitted successful an email to a constituent that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election. But that hasn't stopped her from indulging successful conspiracy theories astir the predetermination connected nationalist television.

Now, the authorities Senate is conducting its own number of the ballots, portion Cyber Ninjas is moving connected "reports" astir their findings from the audit.

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Josh Kelety is simply a unit writer astatine Phoenix New Times. Previously, helium worked arsenic a newsman for the Inlander and Seattle Weekly.

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