Arizona AG Torches Justice Department's 'Posturing' Over Election Audit

Jun 16, 2021

Two attorneys general—one state and one federal—are going head-to-head over election integrity.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a scathing letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland over Garland’s recent statements on election audits and voting rights.

Garland gave a speech on June 11 in which he said, “Some jurisdictions, based on disinformation, have utilized abnormal post-election audit methodologies that may put the integrity of the voting process at risk and undermine public confidence in our democracy.”

Garland mentioned a letter the Civil Rights Division sent to a state that one can presume refers to Arizona. He also said his department would be scrutinizing election laws and “will not hesitate to act.”

In other words, the U.S. Department of Justice has their eyes on states conducting audits as well as states that have recently shored up election integrity.

Brnovich did not take kindly to the DOJ’s “posturing.”

“Late last week, you made troubling comments about the ongoing efforts in states to ensure election integrity,” Brnovich wrote. “Your statements displayed an alarming disdain for state sovereignty as defined under the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution and the election provisions in Articles I and II. It is important to remember that the states created the federal government, not the other way around. America’s founders intentionally restrained the federal government’s constitutional boundaries to ensure each state could flourish in unique ways. Today, our federal government has largely forgotten the Founders’ intent, but my office has not.”

Regarding the letter Arizona received from the Civil Rights Division, Brnovich said, “This letter appeared more interested in supporting the hysterical outcries of leftist pundits on cable television rather than the rule of law.”

Brnovich closed his letter emphasizing the importance of integrity in our elections and his office’s readiness to work with the federal government in a constitutionally appropriate way; however, “Arizona will not sit back and let the Biden administration abuse its authority, refuse to uphold laws, or attempt to commandeer our state’s sovereignty.”

You can read Arizona AG Brnovich’s full letter to U.S. AG Garland here.

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