A crowd of more than 100 people rallied outside the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich in Phoenix on Dec. 17 to demand the prosecution of any criminal activity associated with the 2020 election in Maricopa County.
A contingent of police offers kept people off the front steps of the Attorney General’s office building except for event organizers and speakers.
Those gathered called out not only for fair and honest elections but that Brnovich begin criminal prosecutions for alleged wrongdoing stemming from the 2020 election in Maricopa County, Arizona’s most populous county with over 2.5 million registered voters.
Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem (R) said that there “was at least probable cause if not clear and convincing evidence that we had significant discrepancies in the election.”
Finchem said if there are “lower-level people in the food chain” that engaged in criminal activity” in the election, authorities could “try and flip them to go up the food chain.”
“I will tell you there are many signs around this that suggest to me that we are looking at a racketeering case,” said Finchem, a retired criminal investigator.
“There’s a whole lot of evidence that suggests both incompetence and criminality, sloppy process, and intentionally bad process. What this man (Brnovich) and his staff are doing–I fully believe they are going through the evidence meticulously to try and develop higher food chain actors.”
Arizona lawmakers were told during a Sept. 24 hearing of inconsistencies uncovered during a forensic audit of the 2020 election conducted in the state’s most populous county.
On the same day, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R) sent a letter to Brnovich recommending further inquiry into the audit’s findings. In the letter, she raised concerns over signature verification on mail-in ballots, the accuracy of voter rolls, the securing of election systems, and the record-keeping of evidence related to the elections.
Brnovich issued a statement the same day vowing to “take all necessary actions that are supported by the evidence and where I have legal authority.”
“Arizonans deserve to have their votes accurately counted and protected,” he said.
Brnovich’s office did not respond to a request for comment regarding Friday’s rally.
The audit involved over 1,500 people and a total of over 100,000 hours.
Other speakers at Friday’s rally included Arizona state Sen. Kelly Townsend (R), Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, Arizona Republican candidates for U.S. Congress Jerone Davison, Jeff Zink, and Jim Lamon, Arizona co-counsel to the Arizona Republican Party Alexander Kolodin.