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Donald Trump and key allies could be facing a criminal investigation in Arizona for launching a campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Last week Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs wrote to the state’s Attorney General Mark Brnovich urging him to launch a criminal investigation into Trump and his allies over the potential violations of state election laws.
Hobbs, a Democrat, made the request after reporting from The Arizona Republic revealed details of the pressure campaign by Trump and a number of his allies.
Hobbs wrote that Trump and others, including his then-personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward, and the lawyer Sidney Powell, tried to influence Maricopa County officials to stop the counting of ballots.
Hobbs cited comments made by Ward toward the chairman of the Board of Supervisors, including, “We need you to stop the counting” and “I know you don’t want to be remembered as the guy who led the charge to certify a fraudulent election.”
On Friday, Brnovich’s office wrote to Hobbs asking for documents related to allegations of election fraud, according to The Arizona Republic.
Brnovich, a Republican running for the Senate, said in the email that Hobbs had not submitted referrals for double voting and also asked for evidence of any “potential violations of Arizona’s election laws.”
The Arizona Republic said that the latest correspondence from Brnovich is the first public sign that he is examining records after the pressure campaign was revealed.
A spokeswoman for Hobbs told The Arizona Republic that the secretary of state was sending the required records to the attorney general’s office on Friday.
Trump has long alleged that the results of the 2020 election were fraudulent, particularly in Arizona.
His claims have been widely debunked. An Associated Press investigation revealed that Arizona county election officials found only 182 possible voter fraud cases out of the 3 million ballots cast in the state in 2020.